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Mike Cooper
Buffalo, New York
mike.cooper@cellinoandbarnes.com

(716) 854-2020 Phone
(716) 854-6291 Fax
(800) 888-8888 Toll Free

Narrative

Since I first began to study the law, I always believed that I would be a trial lawyer. I have always felt more comfortable in the courtroom fighting for my client's best interests than sitting behind a desk. I began my career as an assistant district attorney. During that time I tried more than 100 jury trials. Through these experiences I learned that preparation is the key to winning any trial. To be well prepared, I maintain close contact with all of the people involved in the case, and I personally handle the smallest details.

To properly handle an accident case, dedication and attention to detail are indispensable. I speak to each client personally on a regular basis. I pride myself on knowing how each client's case is developing. With my extensive trial experience, a client never has to worry that his case is being settled because his lawyer doesn't want to take the case to trial. I will fight the fights that need to be fought because I have no fear of the courtroom. On the other hand, I am able to recognize when a case has potential weaknesses, and will recommend a settlement when it is in the best interest of the client.

Continuing legal education is a key to being a good lawyer. I am a member of the Bar Association of Erie County and the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association. I have attended several seminars on a range of topics, including accident reconstruction, forensic analysis, toxic torts, premises liability and insurance law. I served as a judge for the Trial Technique Program at the University of Buffalo Law School and have lectured at several area high schools regarding traffic safety.

Education

  • B.A. – University at Buffalo – Cum Laude
  • J.D. – University at Buffalo School of Law
  • Licensed to practice law in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and United States District Court.

Experience

  • Trial attorney, Cellino & Barnes (1998- Present)
  • Erie County DA’s Office (1986-1998)

Honors and Professional Organizations

  • Erie County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association
  • I served as a judge for the Trial Technique Program
  • Lectured at several area high schools regarding traffic safety

Community/Military Service

  • Actively involved in the United Way.

Personal

  • I reside in Clarence with my wife and 2 children. In my free time, I enjoy coaching little league baseball and football.


 

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