Lightfoot Franklin & White

Trial and Appellate Counsel

Ivan B. Cooper

After practicing in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Dallas, Texas, Ivan joined the firm in 1997. His practice is focused primarily on written and appellate advocacy in both state and federal courts. Ivan is admitted to practice in Alabama and Texas, as well as the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ivan is often retained post-verdict to handle post-trial motions and appeals in cases handled at the trial level by other firms. Ivan also provides pre-trial and trial support in a wide array of cases, and  assists with NCAA investigation and compliance issues.

In addition to his membership in several national organizations, Ivan was appointed to the Task Force to form the Appellate Practice Section of the Alabama State Bar, and has served as Secretary, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Alabama State Bar. He also served on the Planning Committee for the Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute (“ECAPI”) since ECAPI’s inception, and served as Chair for the 2010 ECAPI seminar. Ivan is a contributing author of the firm's appellate blog, Alabama Appellate Watch. Ivan received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude with honors from the University of Alabama in 1991. Ivan received his law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1994. He and his wife have two children.

Education

  • B.S., University of Alabama, 1991 magna cum laude
  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1994

Admitted

  • Alabama, 1994
  • Texas, 1996

Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC

The Clark Building 400 20th Street North Birmingham, AL 35203
205-581-0700 (phone) 205-581-0799 (facsimile)