Born in Oceanside, New York in 1952, Justice Cooper took his undergraduate degree at Hobart College in 1974 and his law degree in 1979 from Antioch School of Law.
Justice Cooper was elected to New York County Civil Court in November 2000. He was assigned to Criminal Court, 100 Centre Street, from January 2001 to December 2003. He was appointed an Acting Supreme Court Justice in October 2008 and elected to Supreme Court in 2010. Justice Cooper has sat on the Appellate Term, First Department since 2018.
Justice Cooper was at District Council 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services from 1979 to 1988, first as a staff attorney, then as a senior attorney and finally as a supervising attorney of the Housing Litigation Unit. In March 1998, he became the Director and Chief Counsel of Teamsters Local 237 Legal Services Plan, a legal plan that handles a wide range of civil legal matters for City workers.
Justice Cooper is Chair of the Board of Justices, 1st Judicial District, Vice-President of the Supreme Court Justices Association of the City New York, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Supreme Court Justices Association of the State of New York. In addition, he serves on the Matrimonial Law Committee of the City Bar Association and was on NYCLA’s Civil Court Practice Section. He is a member of the Supreme Court Gender Fairness Committee and co-chair of the Domestic Violence Awareness Week program. Justice Cooper was previously a vice president of the Board of Civil Court Judges. He also has been an adjunct professor at New York Law School.