Meet the Barrister – Maggie Cooper
A periodic Q & A session with a Lewis Thomason (LT) lawyer
Lewis Thomason: What do you want your legacy to be?
Maggie Cooper: That I was honest, fair and competent.
Lewis Thomason: What is one thing on your bucket list and why?
Maggie Cooper: My bucket list has many, many things on it. The one I’m probably the most adamant about is to learn to play the acoustic guitar.
Lewis Thomason: What has been your greatest challenge as an attorney?
Maggie Cooper: Keeping all the balls in the air.
Lewis Thomason: What motivates you?
Maggie Cooper: The dream to retire early and travel the world.
Lewis Thomason: When I was in high school, my friends would describe me as___.
Maggie Cooper: I asked my best two friends from high school for an answer to this one. The only two answers they gave that are fit for this column are “friendly” and “creative.”
Lewis Thomason: What was your first job and what did you learn from that experience?
Maggie Cooper: I worked at Smooth Moves in Cordova, making smoothies, wheatgrass shots and sandwiches. I started the day after my 16th birthday because my dad told me I couldn’t drive until I got a job. I learned that minimum wage doesn’t go very far.
Lewis Thomason: My biggest “pet peeve” is___.
Maggie Cooper: When people don’t do what they say they’re going to do.
Lewis Thomason: What is the last concert you went to?
Maggie Cooper: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. I highly recommend!
Lewis Thomason: What is one of the most memorable moments in your life so far?
Maggie Cooper: When my fiancé Paul proposed this past October.
Lewis Thomason: What book is on your bedside table (or on your e-reader)?
Maggie Cooper: I keep a gratitude journal by my bed. I’m going to catch a lot of grief for this answer.
Maggie Cooper is a shareholder in the firm’s Memphis office. A native Memphian, Ms. Cooper has a diverse litigation practice throughout West Tennessee, with particular emphasis in representing defendants in healthcare liability, transportation, and personal injury litigation. Ms. Cooper has successfully defended numerous cases prior to trial and through verdict, and she routinely obtains favorable results for her clients at the appellate level as well. Ms. Cooper regularly litigates in both state and federal courts. She is also frequently retained before litigation to assist in evaluating and controlling her clients’ exposure to potential lawsuits.