Sarah Cooper

Counsel

Ms. Cooper’s practice has included a wide range of civil, corporate and investigative matters.  As a civil trial lawyer, she has worked on antitrust, securities fraud, libel, privacy and hostile takeover matters.  On the corporate side, she has prepared filings for public and private securities offerings, quarterly and annual securities filings, and large mergers and acquisitions.  She has worked on numerous investigations.  These have included internal corporate and whistleblower investigations on behalf of independent and special committees of boards of directors, and representing corporate and individual clients in government investigations for securities fraud, price fixing, and public corruption.

Ms. Cooper has worked on three important pro bono matters: one civil, one criminal, and one corporate.  These were a district court’s review of a school desegregation order in Wilmington, Delaware, which included a three week evidentiary hearing on a motion to dismiss the order; the exoneration of an innocent person who had been convicted of the murder of a police officer; and the corporate combination of the two largest legal aid societies in Texas into Lone Star Legal Aid.  She has received several awards for her participation in these noteworthy pro bono cases.

Ms. Cooper attended Harvard College and Stanford Law School.  At Stanford, Ms. Cooper was Senior Articles Editor of the Stanford Law Review and Class Marshal.  She received a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Virginia. 

Ms. Cooper is admitted to practice in Texas and New York.  She is originally from New York City.  Prior to law school, Ms. Cooper was a Teaching Fellow, coach and residential counselor at Phillips Academy, Andover, and an assistant buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue.  She and her husband Sam have two daughters, one in college and one in middle school.

Bar Admissions
Texas (1995)
New York (1993)
Massachusetts (1993)

Organizations
Houston Bar Association 

 

Education
Harvard College
B.A. with Honors in American History and Literature, 1986

University of Virginia
M.A. in English, 1988

Stanford Law School
J.D., 1992
Senior Articles Editor, Stanford Law Review
1992 Class Marshal

Counsel
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka
2019 – Present

Counsel
Gerger & Clarke LLP
2006-2013

Associate
Baker Botts LLP
1998-2004

Associate
Vinson & Elkins LLP
1995-1998

Associate
Cravath, Swaine & Moore
1992-1995