N. Lee Cooper
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PROFILE
EXPERIENCE
AWARDS
AFFILIATIONS

Lee’s Profile

Lee is Chairman Emeritus of the Litigation and Arbitration sections of Maynard Cooper & Gale, and he remains active in several of the litigation practice groups of the firm, having litigated or arbitrated a heavy volume of cases in the securities, insurance, products liability, contracts, corporate governance and employment practices over a career spanning well over forty years and counting.

Lee’s Experience

  • Successfully defended large broker-dealer in a six week trial in Nashville, TN involving $100 million nationwide securities class action concerning the Sandestin Beach Hilton Hotel
  • Successfully defended a major industrial company in a six week jury trial alleging a racially hostile work environment
  • Successfully defended BellSouth in defense of a $20 million claim for tortuous interference; a defense verdict for BellSouth on tortuous interference and a $3.4 million jury verdict in favor of BellSouth on contract claim
  • Represented licensees in a commercial fraud lawsuit against international clothing retailer; a four week jury trial resulted in a $2.5 million verdict in favor of licensees
  • Successfully defended General Electric in a breach of contract and fraud claim involving the construction of ocean vessels used for drug interdiction
  • Successfully defended Standard and Poor’s (McGraw Hill) in a $1.8 billion securities class action concerning Executive Life guaranteed insurance contracts
  • Successfully defended outside directors of HealthSouth in securities fraud litigation in federal and state courts in Alabama
  • Successfully prosecuted patent infringement claims against Intel on the operating system of the Pentium chip resulting in settlements of almost one billion dollars
  • Reversed and rendered a $30 million verdict against Phillips Petroleum before the Alabama Supreme Court
  • Affirmed before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals a $8 million jury verdict against the third party plan administrator of health benefits for an industrial client

Lee’s Awards

  • Alabama Super Lawyers – 2008-2010, Business Litigation, Securities Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating

Lee’s Affiliations & Civic Involvement

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, President (1996-97); House of Delegates Chair (1990-92); Litigation Section Chair (1985-86); Federal Judiciary Chair (1999-2000); Katrina Task Force Chair (2005-06)
  • American Bar Endowment, President (2010-2011)
  • Vice Chair of the Congressional Commission on Structural Alternatives for the Federal Courts of Appeals appointed by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist (1998)
  • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • American Law Institute, Council Member
  • Rand Institute of Civil Justice, Former Board of Directors Member
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
CONTACT
T 205.254.1028
F 205.254.1999
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Assistant
Sheila Carden
BAR ADMISSIONS
State Bar:Alabama
EDUCATION
University of Alabama School of Law (1964, L.L.B.)
University of Alabama (1963, B.S.)