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Jerome A. Cooper, American lawyer. Member of Cooper, Mitch, Crawford, Kuykendall & Whatley, L.L.C.


Cooper, Jerome A. was born on January 15, 1913 in Brookwood, Alabama, United States. Son of Marks Benjamin and Etta (Temerson) Cooper.


Harvard University (Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1933. Bachelor of Laws, 1936).


Central of Ga. Ry. Company v. Jones, 229 F.2d 648 (5th Cir. 1956); Erdreich v. Bailey, 333 So.2d 810 (Ala. 1976); Lincoln Mills v. Textile Workers Union of America, 230 F.2d 81 (5th Cir. 1956), rev'd, 353 United States. 448 (1957); Mitchell v. Gulf, Mobile & Ohio R. Company, 91 F. Supp. 175 (N.D. Ala. 1950), modified, 190 F.2d 308 (5th Cir. 1951); Reynolds v. Sims, 377 United States. 533 (1964) (Co-Counsel); Steelworkers Trilogy: United Steelworkers of America v. American Mfg. Company, 363 United States. 564, 80 S.Ct. 1943 (1960); United Steelworkers of America v. Warrior and Gulf Navigation Company, 363 United States. 574, 80 S.Ct. 1347 (1960); United Steelworkers of America v. Enterprise Wheel & Car Corporation, 363 United States. 593, 80 S.Ct. 1358 (1960); United Steelworkers of America v. O'Neal, 437 So.2d 101 (Ala. 1983).Worked at Cooper, Mitch, Crawford, Kuykendall & Whatley, L.L.C. (Birmingham, Alabama) specializing in General Practice in State and Federal Courts and before Administrative Agencies. Labor, Personal Injury, Class Actions, Mediations and Arbitrations, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Employment Discrimination, Worker's Compensation. Trials and Appeals. Grand Jury Investigations.

Admitted to the bar, 1936, Alabama. 1948, United States. District Court, Northern District of Alabama. 1950, United States. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit.

1957, United States. Supreme Court. 1959, United States. Court of Appeals, 6th and 11th Circuits. Law Clerk to Justice Hugo L. Black, United States.

Supreme Court, 1937-1940. Member, Administrative Conference of the United States, 1976-1978. Member: Birmingham and American Bar Associations.

Alabama State Bar. Fellow, International Society of Barristers. Member, Distinguished Fellows of Birmingham, Southern College. Fellow, Emeritus of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

As Cooper, Mitch and Black the firm was formed in 1950 by Jerome A. Cooper, William E. Mitch and Hugo L. Black, Junior The firm has been principally engaged in labor law as counsel for numerous Local, National and International Unions throughout Alabama, the Southeast, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In 1988 the firm became Cooper, Mitch, Crawford, Kuykendall & Whatley. While the firm continues to have a strong emphasis in labor and employment law, its members have developed extensive practices in diverse but related fields of tort and personal injury, class actions, products liability, wrongful death, workmen's compensation, social security, ERISA, civil rights, employment discrimination, municipal and public interest law.


  • Bar: Alabama bar 1936.


  • Other Work

    • Member editorial advisory board The Alabama Lawyer.


Member Birmingham area Manpower Resource Development Planning Board, 1969. Chairman community development committee Operation New Birmingham. Member Jefferson County Drug Abuse Coordinating Committee, 1970-1976.

President Jefferson County Association Mental Health, Birmingham Jewish Community Center, United Jewish Fund. Member Southeastern regional advisory board Anti Defamation League, 1981. Executive board Birmingham Concentrated Employment Program.

President Positive Maturity. Secretary, executive board Jefferson County Committee Econ Opportunity. President Crisis Center, 1976.

Member Governor's Task Force on Unemployment, 1983. Democratic candidate for Alabama Senate, 1966. Board directors Birmingham Symphony Association, 1979-1980, Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, since 1985, vice president, 1990, president 1991-1993.

Board directors Friends of University Alabama in Birmingham Psychiatry, 1987, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, since 1992, advisory committee (HAER) Birmingham History Society, since 1992. Served to lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945. Fellow International Society Barristers, College Labor and Employment Lawyers (emeritus).

Member Alabama Law Institute, Administrative Conference United States, Birmingham Audubon Society (vice president executive committee since 1989), Distinguished Fellow Birmingham-Southern College, 1995.


Married Lois Harriet McMillen, August 16, 1938. Children: Ellen (Mistress Benjamin L. Erdreich), Carol.

Marks Benjamin Cooper

Etta (Temerson) Cooper

Lois Harriet McMillen

Carol Cooper

Ellen Cooper (Mistress Benjamin L. Erdreich)