SETH L. COOPER is a principal of Brody Wilkinson and a member of the firm’s Business and Real Estate Groups. His areas of practice span a variety of transactional practice areas which include commercial real estate, lending, loan workouts, leasing, hospitality service contracts, business entity organizational matters, business purchases and sales, art law, general contract law and debtor-creditor rights.
Mr. Cooper frequently plays an active role in assisting with the structure of the business relationship among an entity’s principals, in addition to negotiating and documenting the business relationship. Mr. Cooper’s early career focused on handling bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Consequently, Mr. Cooper is able to bring an insightful asset protection perspective to a deal structure. As tax considerations often play an important role in structuring a business sale, investment, or start-up venture, Mr. Cooper works closely with the Brody Wilkinson tax attorneys to make sure the most tax efficient business structure is achieved. In addition to regularly advising businesses and handling real estate matters, Mr. Cooper leads the firm’s Art, Antiques & Collectibles practice and represents art dealers, artists, appraisers, auction houses, estates and trusts, foundations, galleries, museums and private collectors in a broad spectrum of legal matters. Mr. Cooper is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney.
Mr. Cooper is admitted to practice in Connecticut and the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. He is a member of the Connecticut, American and Greater Bridgeport Bar Associations. Mr. Cooper has been selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America©” in the field of Real Estate Law since 2019. He has also been recognized as a "Connecticut Super Lawyer" in the area of Real Estate Law since 2019. He received his B.A. from the University of Richmond in 1985. He received his J.D., cum laude, from New England School of Law in 1991, where he served as managing literary editor of the law journal.
Mr. Cooper currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Fairfield Theatre Company and the Samuel Staples Free School Fund. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Silvermine Arts Center, where he played an integral role in the expansion of its arts campus. Mr. Cooper served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Alpha Community Services, a non-profit organization which provides emergency shelters and transitional housing to homeless families from 2010-2012. He served as chairman of the Board of Directors of The Barnum Museum for three consecutive terms from 2006-2009 and was an honorary director of the Board from 2010-2013. In 2005, he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Connecticut Business Educators Association in recognition of his volunteer work at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Connecticut. He graduated from the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s leadership program in 2000.