C. Wade Cooper
BiographyWade Cooper is the firmwide Managing Partner of Jackson Walker. His duties are those of the Chief Executive Officer of the firm, and he chairs two of the major committees of the partnership: the Management Committee and the Compensation Committee.
In his legal practice, Mr. Cooper has handled substantial commercial litigation, arbitration, and bankruptcy matters in Texas, and in federal and bankruptcy courts in a number of other states. His clients include telecommunications carriers, national banks and other financial institutions, equipment manufacturers, and technology companies.
Mr. Cooper has handled disputes related to large commercial loans, real estate developments, oilfield service companies, printing companies, manufacturing companies, technology companies, insurance companies, commodity trading companies, and a wide variety of matters related to the telecommunications industry, including disputes regarding construction of interstate fiber-optic network facilities, IRUs, MSAs and third-party billing arrangements.
In the bankruptcy arena, Mr. Cooper has primarily represented secured lenders, telecommunications carriers, landlords, insurers, other executory contract parties, and unsecured creditors, though he has also been lead debtor's counsel in two successful Chapter 11 reorganizations.
Mr. Cooper began his practice with Jackson Walker in the Dallas office in 1981. In 1997, he moved to Austin to establish a new office for Jackson Walker.
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Mr. Cooper is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the Travis County Bar Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute, and he is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Mr. Cooper currently serves on the board of Envision Central Texas, the advisory board for the Downtown Austin Alliance, and is a member of the CAMPO Transit Working Group. He is also Chairman of the Austin Capital Metro Board, Austin's regional public transportation provider. Previously, Mr. Cooper was very active on the board of the Downtown Austin Alliance – a property improvement district – for a number of years, holding several positions, including serving as its Chairman for two terms beginning in October 2002. He is also currently active in Boy Scouts as a board member of the Capitol Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and as Chairman of the Bee Cave District.
Mr. Cooper is listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2008-2015) and Litigation -Bankruptcy (2012-2015). He has been named a "Super Lawyer" (2003-2004, 2008-2012, 2014) by Thomson Reuters and was given the "2008 Individual IMPACT Award" by the Downtown Austin Alliance for having a positive impact on his surrounding community.
Speeches / Publications
Mr. Cooper has spoken to various groups on issues including law firm practice group management, electronic discovery and various bankruptcy topics. He is also the author of "REMICS: A New Generation of Secured Creditors," published in the American Bankruptcy Institute's ABI Journal.