Gerald Cooper is a personal injury attorney and mediator with a practice focused on Alternative Dispute Resolution and arbitration services. His goal with every case is to best serve his clients by achieving a settlement. His skills as a mediator and arbitrator have often been sought by individuals, private companies, and the courts. He has mediated or arbitrated thousands of claims and has been recognized as a leading neutral in Connecticut, helping parties to resolve claims and avoid costly or prolonged litigation. Mr. Cooper is considered a powerhouse due to his experience, passion, and integrity in the field of dispute resolution.
Gerald attended Springfield College and received his Bachelors in 1966, before going on to earn his law degree from Suffolk University in 1969. After graduating, he dedicated 33 years to practicing insurance defense for Allstate Insurance, ultimately serving as Lead Counsel in the company’s New Haven office. While at Allstate, he tried over 100 civil jury cases and settled thousands of others, using pretrial alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques. This wealth of knowledge makes him one of Cooper Sevillano’s most valuable assets. He provides the firm with an intimate understanding of how insurance companies handle personal injury claims, which results in better and more realistic outcomes for clients.
From 2004 to 2012, Mr. Cooper practiced at his own firm dedicated to alternative dispute resolution in personal injury, medical malpractice, and fee dispute cases. Mr. Cooper also spent six years as Assistant Corporation Counsel to the City of West Haven. In this capacity, Mr. Cooper defended the city in a wide range of cases in both State and Federal courts.
In addition to his work with clients, Mr. Cooper has been recognized for his excellence by the courts, his peers, and the community. In 2009, Mr. Cooper received the Robert C. Zampano Award for excellence in mediation from Community Mediation, Inc., New Haven, CT. He has lectured and participated in a number of panel discussions on the subject of alternative dispute resolution, including one held at Quinnipiac University School of Law. Additionally, he has served as a volunteer mediator and Special Master in both Federal and State courts. He is proud to serve his community in his capacities as a trusted attorney, volunteer, and citizen of Oxford, where he lives with his wife.
- Springfield College, B.A. (1966)
- Suffolk University, J.D. (1969)
- Connecticut Bar Association
- American Bar Association