Monica Cooper is a trial lawyer with both civil and criminal experience. She is a former prosecutor with more than four years of courtroom experience prosecuting felony and misdemeanor cases from jury selection to closing arguments. She has tried more than 23 cases to verdict as lead counsel, and numerous others as second-chair, in matters ranging from murder, domestic violence, online solicitation, human trafficking, intoxication assault and sexual assault of children.
As an Assistant District Attorney with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office in Conroe, Texas, she was the chief of the domestic violence division. As chief, she worked to restructure the division to better address emergency response and intake within the first 24-72 hours after the crime. She was also a member of the Vehicular Crimes Team, where she responded to the scenes of intoxication manslaughter and assault crimes.
Before becoming a prosecutor, she was an associate in the labor and employment division at Locke Lord LLP in Houston. Her work there included responding to EEOC complaints for corporations and handling misappropriation of trade secret and conversion cases.
As an associate, her pro bono work included representing indigent clients in social security administration hearings to obtain disability benefits.
Ms. Cooper has a J.D. with honors from University of Texas School of Law and a B.A. with highest honors from the University of Texas in Austin. Her student attorney work included representing indigent criminal defendants and acting as an attorney ad litem for children in cases in which the State sought custody or termination of parental rights based on allegations of abuse and neglect.
The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with Honors
- The University of Texas Interscholastic Mock Trial Team 2009-2011 (Selected to compete every eligible semester)
- International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award (Best Mock Trial Advocate in Graduating Class)
- Order of Barristers (Top Ten Advocates in Graduating Class)
- Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition 2010, Regional Champion & National Semi-finalist
- Stanley P. & Claudie P. Wilson Presidential Scholarship 2010 (Best Second-Year Advocate )
- Strasburger & Price Senior Honors Mock Trial Competition 2011, Champion
- Voir Dire Competition 2011, Champion
- Thad T. Hutcheson Moot Court Competition 2009, Octofinalist
The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. in Sociology Honors with Highest Honors
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Honors Thesis: “The Declining Rate of Marriage among African Americans”
LEADERSHIP AND ACTIVITIES
- Houston Bar Association, Member 2013- Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession, Committee Member
- THE REVIEW OF LITIGATION, Volume 31 (2010-2011), Chief Symposium Editor
- Black Law Students Association 2009-2010, Historian
- The University of Texas School of Law Society Program 2009-2011, Mentor
- Teaching Assistant for Professor Sarah Buel (First Year Criminal Law Course) 2009
- Millennials, Social Media, and Employee Usage: Effective Practices to Mitigate Social Media’s Emerging Risk, Corpedia NYSE Governance, July 2012