Biography

Wade Cooper is the Managing Partner of Jackson Walker.  He chairs the Management Committee and the Compensation Committee of the firm, and has held this position since 2010.

Wade handles substantial commercial litigation, arbitration, and bankruptcy matters in Texas, and across the country.  His clients include data center REIT’s, oil and gas companies, telecommunications carriers, national banks, and technology companies.

He 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.

In addition to his legal experience and law firm leadership responsibilities, Wade has had extensive civic involvement in the Austin area.  He currently chairs the regional transportation authority and previously chaired the downtown property improvement district.  He has been asked to participate on numerous boards and panels dedicated to regional planning and transportation issues in the  rapidly developing Austin area.  He also has had extensive involvement in the Boy Scouts- currently as a member of the board of directors of the Capitol Area Council, and previously as chair of the Bee Cave District.

Practice Expertise

Data Centers

  • Leases and  MSA’s
  • Vender  and Customer Disputes
  • Bitcoin Mining Issues

Telecom

  • IRU’s
  • MSA’S
  • Network Construction

Oil & Gas

  • Re-structuring
  • Partnerships
  • Disputes
  • Bankruptcy

Representations

  • Secured Lenders
  • Telecommunications Carriers
  • Insurance Companies
  • Landlords
  • Intellectual Property Licensors

Career Highlights

Representative Matters

  • 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.

Community

  • Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Chairman of the Board
  • Austin Symphony Orchestra, Board Member
  • Capitol Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Board Member
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Former Chairman, Board of the Downtown Austin Alliance Property Improvement District
  • City of Austin Mobility Transformation Advisory Council
  • Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Authority Transit Working Group
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Best Lawyers Advisory Board

News & Events

  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker’s 2015 Revenue Growth Featured in ‘Texas Lawyer’ Article

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  • Mentions

    Wade Cooper Quoted in ‘Texas Lawyer’ on New Associate Hires

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Moves Dallas Offices to Arts District

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2016

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Gets an ‘A’ in Austin Law Firm Diversity Report Card

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Ranked Among Top Texas Firms for Diversity

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  • Publication

    Jackson Walker Makes ‘North Texas Century Club’ List

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  • Attorney News

    Been there, can do that

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  • Attorney News

    Wade Cooper Named Chairman of Austin Capital Metro Board

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  • Press release

    Wade Cooper Quoted in ‘Law360’ on Austin Legal Market

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  • Attorney News

    Susan A. Halsey Memorial Scholarship Fund

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Hosts Inaugural Globalaw Managing Partner Forum

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    Wade Cooper Joins the Capital Metro Board in Austin

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2015

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Hosts Meeting Between Croatian President, Gov. Rick Perry

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Named a Finalist for 2013 Thomas L. Sager Award for Diversity

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  • Press release

    Wade Cooper Featured in ‘Of Counsel’ on Jackson Walker’s Success During Recession

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker attorneys selected for 2014 The Best Lawyers in America

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  • Press release

    Texas Lawyer Names Jackson Walker ‘Litigation Department of the Year’

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  • Press release

    Anita Barksdale Receives President’s Award of Merit from the State Bar of Texas

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Featured in 2013-2014 ‘Chambers Associate’

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    Wade Cooper Quoted in Law360 on Texas Law Firm Mergers

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Honored as a ‘Top 100 Law Firm for Diversity’

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    Jackson Walker Featured in ‘Texas Lawyer’ Story on Successful BigTex Firms

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  • Press release

    Wade Cooper Speaks on Lateral Recruiting and Hiring

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    Jackson Walker Named to BTI Client Service A-Team 2012 List

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