Jamison (“Jami”) Cooper has a practice that focuses on pre-litigation and litigation matters. The particular fields in which she practices have included commercial disputes, insurance coverage, construction, contracts, personal injury and wrongful death, condemnation and eminent domain, premises liability, consumer products and “lemon law” issues, insurance bad faith and professional liability. In addition to her practice before the state and federal courts, she handles matters on an administrative or regulatory front, including matters pending before the West Virginia Insurance Commissioner and professional disciplinary matters before various boards and commissions, including the West Virginia nursing boards and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. In conjunction with her work in litigation and professional liability, Ms. Cooper also provides counsel and advice to businesses, to include insurers and law firms, on professional liability and risk management issues. In addition to those areas, Ms. Cooper also represents clients in private adoption matters and, in that regard, has handled private adoptions, contested adoptions, step-parent adoptions and adoptions from foster care. Ms. Cooper’s litigation practice is served well by her exceptional research and writing skills, her attention to detail, and her ability to communicate with clients in a way that helps them understand the complexities of the legal matters with which they are faced. After graduating law school in 1999, Jami served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert C. Chambers of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia (Huntington Division). In June, 2001, Jami joined Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, where she served that firm’s litigation clients until June, 2007, when she and Dan formed Cooper Law Offices, PLLC.
Jami has achieved an AV (Preeminent) Peer Review rating by Martindale-Hubble, is a 2018 SuperLawyers selectee, and has been annually recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Insurance Law since 2008. Jami was also named "Lawyer of the Year" in Insurance Law (Morgantown) by "Best Lawyers in America" for 2019.
Jami is admitted to practice before all West Virginia federal and state courts, including the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Cooper has served as an adjunct professor of Appellate Advocacy at the West Virginia University College of Law. Jami is a member of the West Virginia State Bar, the Harrison County Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the American Bar Association. Jami currently serves as Regional Delegate for West Virginia Women Attorneys, and has recently been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations. Jami has served on the Board for the Harrison County (WV) Bar Association since 2014, and currently holds the position as Information Coordinator for that organization.
Jami graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University and completed her legal education at the West Virginia University College of Law. While in law school, Jami served as a teaching assistant for the Legal Research and Writing department for two years, was a member of the Moot Court Board, received the Best Brief Award in the 1999 Rabbi Seymour Siegel Memorial Moot Court Competition at Duke University, received the Best Brief Award in the 1998 Baker Cup Moot Court Competition at West Virginia University, and was inducted into the Order of the Barristers.
In addition to her contributions to her clients and the legal community, Jami is an active member of the local community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Clarksburg Children’s House, the local Montessori School, and serving as a member of Young Life Committee, the advisory and fundraising board for Young Life Harrison County. Believing that our generation of parents faces unique and unprecedented safety concerns for their children, Jami, together with a former police officer and Internet-crime investigation trainer, volunteers her time coordinating and speaking to local middle and high-school aged children and their parents about the dangers presented by Internet-based platforms such as gaming systems and social media, which presentation includes difficult topics such as how to recognize and address risky online behaviors in young people, predatory behaviors of cyber-criminals who target children, human trafficking, cyber-bullying and teen suicide.
Jami lives in Bridgeport with her husband, Dan, and son, Brennan.