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C. Wade Cooper


Wade 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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Representative Matters

  • Appointed to be the receiver of a hedge fund involved in foreign exchange trading in an action brought by the SEC in the Western District of Texas.

  • Acted as local counsel for secured creditors with a $1.5B secured facility in the Chapter 11 proceedings of a real estate development company and its affiliates.

  • Defended a life insurance company against claims brought by the bankruptcy trustee for an insolvent employee leasing company alleging deceptive insurance practices.

  • Represented a national bank whose borrower/pledgor advanced several million dollars to a concert promoter who was running a "Ponzi scheme."

  • Represented telecommunications carrier adverse to various resellers in connection with claims of unpaid charges, billing disputes and service quality issues.

  • Represented real estate loan participant in claims against the lead lender in connection with an office building development.

  • Defended architects and engineers in connection with claims related to high school construction project.

  • Represented oil field service company debtor in successful Chapter 11 reorganization.

  • Represented drilling rig manufacturing company debtor in its Chapter 11 proceeding in which it was the proponent of the confirmed plan in a competing plan situation.

  • Represented secured lenders in connection with numerous real estate projects involving work-outs and Chapter 11 proceedings.

  • Represented secured lenders in numerous software/technology bankruptcy proceedings and work-outs.

  • Represented manufacturer of printing presses and an affiliated finance company in Chapter 11 proceedings of several printing companies.

  • Represented insurance company issuer of self-insured workers compensation bonds in bankruptcy of several national motor freight carriers.

  • Represented aircraft lessor in bankruptcy proceeding of air charter company.

  • Represented software licensor in bankruptcy of retailer.

  • Represented Japanese animation company in the bankruptcy proceeding of its U.S. distributor.

  • Defended telecommunications carrier in connection with several multi-million dollar preference claims.

  • Represented a telecommunications carrier in a dispute related to an agreement to construct an 1800+ mile fiber-optic network facility.

  • Represented a national bank which was a participant in a $120 million credit facility adverse to another national bank acting as collateral agent, in connection with the insolvency of one of the world's largest cotton trading merchants.

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Organization Membership

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.

Community Involvement

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.

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Peer Recognition

Mr. Cooper is listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2008-2016) and Litigation -Bankruptcy (2012-2016). 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.

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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.

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Practice Areas

B.S. Economics, summa cum laude, Southern Methodist University (TX)

B.A. Political Science, summa cum laude, Southern Methodist University (TX)

J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law
Bar Admissions

  • 1981, Texas
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