Jude C. Cooper


Professional Experience

Mr. Cooper has handled litigation and transactional matters on behalf of clients located as close as across the street from PCPA’s offices, and as far away as Sydney, Australia. In each case, Mr. Cooper brings his extensive business litigation experience to the fore to produce a consistent record of success.

Mr. Cooper began his career in a boutique law firm in Miami, focusing on franchise litigation involving 200 different franchise systems around the world. His success in franchise litigation resulted in becoming an attorney with the international firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, where he continued to build his practice of complex commercial litigation. In 2005, Mr. Cooper left Weil Gotshal to form his own firm, now known as Polenberg, Cooper, Saunders, & Riesberg, PL.

Mr. Cooper’s successes in litigation have included:

  • Representing a private equity firm out of San Francisco, California in a breach of a multimillion dollar contract to purchase a well-known aviation company out of bankruptcy, resulting in a favorable settlement;
  • Successfully defending a Miami, Florida condominium association and its board members against a class action lawsuit by hundreds of condo unit owners, who claimed the board had signed unfavorable contracts with third-party vendors in exchange for under-the-table compensation;
  • Winning at least 50 arbitration awards over 6 states in the past three years for one of Mr. Cooper’s business clients; and
  • Contesting, in the United States Bankruptcy Court in West Palm Beach, Florida, the sale of a child care franchise business on behalf of a group of 45 franchisees who sought to separate their operations from the franchisor, which had tarnished the franchise brand name through mismanagement of the corporate-owned care centers, which resulted in a favorable settlement.

In addition, Mr. Cooper has handled litigation involving real estate, probate, business torts, trademark infringement, employment, insurance coverage, and contracts.
Mr. Cooper has also taken his knowledge gained from litigating over the language in contracts into negotiating and drafting agreements for clients in the entertainment industry. Mr. Cooper has served as both production counsel and as a producer’s representative, and has guided clients through the process of production, sale, and distribution of independent films.

Mr. Cooper is active in pro bono matters in the area, emphasizing the protection of the rights of children. He served as a Guardian ad Litem for several children in a high-profile case in which the children’s parents were tried for manslaughter of one of the children’s siblings. Mr. Cooper worked with others in creating and implementing a plan whereby the parents were reunited with their children. Mr. Cooper’s efforts in representing children played a significant role in Weil Gotshal being designated the “Law Firm of the Year” for pro bono work by Lawyers for Children America.

Mr. Cooper is licensed to practice in the courts in Florida and California. Mr. Cooper earned his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in international affairs and history. Before enrolling in law school, Mr. Cooper worked for AmeriCorps for two years as a reading teacher in a “failing” elementary school that was in danger of being taken over by the State of Florida. When AmeriCorps finished its work at the school, the State removed the school from the “failing” list.

Bar Admissions
  • Florida
  • California
  • Florida State University, B.A., International Affairs and History
  • Nova Southeastern University, J.D., summa cum laude