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Monty Cooper

Counsel

mcooper@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2617
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Named to Washington Business Journal's 2018
top "40 Under 40" list


Harmon L. (Monty) Cooper is a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office, where he is a member of the Mass Tort, Product, and Consumer Litigation and Environment & Natural Resources groups. His practice focuses on environmental, product liability, and complex civil litigation.

He has experience with multidistrict proceedings and has represented clients in a range of industries, including automotive, petroleum, and information technology. He provides strategic counseling and legal advice on environmental issues for clients regarding environmental remediation and property-transfer laws. Monty provides counsel on regulatory and legislative matters affecting the mining and natural resources industries.

Monty also maintains an active pro bono practice, where he has argued criminal appeals before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and has litigated civil and criminal cases in both Montgomery County (MD) Circuit Court and D.C. Superior Court.

Representative Matters

  • Representing and advising a government-sponsored enterprise in negotiations with state environmental agencies across the country concerning environmental and property-transfer laws.
  • Providing counsel to mining companies regarding regulatory and legislative matters related to the Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.
  • Representing an oil company as national litigation counsel, in federal court in the Southern District of New York, in numerous MTBE cases in which private water companies, public water utilities, and state agencies allege that MTBE is a defective and unreasonably dangerous product that has contaminated public drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and several other states.
  • Representing an oil company, in federal court in the District of Arizona, against CERCLA and common-law claims seeking contribution for environmental remediation costs.
  • Successfully defended a global information-technology company, in federal court in the District of Columbia, in product liability litigation brought by plaintiffs claiming catastrophic injuries from an allegedly defective electronic device. 
  • Successfully defended a major U.S. automobile manufacturer at trial in a wrongful death suit involving claims of alleged defective brakes. After a week-long jury trial in a Maryland circuit court, the company obtained a defense verdict.
  • As special assistant state’s attorney in Prince George’s County, Maryland (January – May 2014), tried several cases involving second degree assault, traffic violations and driving under the influence (DUI) charges before judges. Tried multiple DUI cases before juries, including the successful conviction of a defendant.

Public Service and Education

Monty has also been active in his community. He is a former chairman of the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) of Prince George’s County, MD.

Monty received a B.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University and attended the College of William and Mary Law School, where he was a notes editor for the William and Mary Law Review, a member of the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and a Benjamin Rush Scholar. After law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Patrick Michael Duffy of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.

He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and South Carolina. For several years, he has been selected as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers "Rising Star."

Education

  • Georgetown University, B.A. American studies (2000)
  • College of William & Mary, M.P.P. public policy (2004)
  • College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D. (2004) notes editor, William and Mary Law Review

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, South Carolina, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Professional and Community Activities

Honors

  • Washington Business Journal (2018) – "40 Under 40" list for the Greater Washington, D.C.
  • Exceptional Service Award (2017) – U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" (2013-2015)
  • Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 Award — National Bar Association
  • Lawyers of Color’s Inaugural "Hot List" — Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Forty Under 40 Award — Prince George’s County (MD) Social Innovation Fund
  • Vanguard Award —Next City (National Urban-Affairs Magazine)
  • Leadership Maryland — Class of 2015
  • Maryland’s The Daily Record 2015 VIP List

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SEER Essentials: PFAS 101 - An Overview of Technical and Regulatory Issues Associated with Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (On-Demand CLE), American Bar Association Webinar (June 18, 2019). Speaker: Monty Cooper.
Speech/Presentation
MSHA and NIOSH Developments During the Trump Administration – There’s More To It Than Meets the Eye, Wyoming Mining Association, Cody, WY (June 5, 2019). Speaker: Ed Green and Monty Cooper.
Speech/Presentation
Boom & Bust – Emerging Occupational Health Issues in Industrial Minerals, IMA-NA’s Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop, Savannah, GA (March 26, 2019). Speaker: Ed Green and Monty Cooper.
Speech/Presentation
Managing Risks in the 4th Industrial Revolution, National Bar Association, Orlando, FL (January 31, 2019). Speaker: Monty Cooper.
Speech/Presentation
"Mitigating Risk Through Environmental Due Diligence in California Real Estate Deals," Presentation for Environmental Data Resources, Inc. (EDR), Costa Mesa, CA (October 10, 2018). Speakers: Kevin C. Mayer and Monty Cooper.
Speech/Presentation
"Blockchains, Distributed Ledgers, and Smart Contracts," Presentation for Freddie Mac, McLean, VA (October 1, 2018). Presenters: Jenny E. Cieplak, Matthew B. Welling, and Monty Cooper.
Speech/Presentation
"Recent New York State Case Could Encourage an Increase in Class-Action Suits Involving PFOA Contamination," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (August 21, 2018). Contacts: Peter C. Condron, Monty Cooper
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Developments In Environmental Enforcement Since TCJA," Law360 (July 24, 2018). Authors: Peter C. Condron, Monty Cooper, and Teresa Abney.
Publication
"The Tax Cuts and Job Act (TCJA) and its Impact on Environmental Enforcement," ABA Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee Newsletter, Vol. 19, No. 3 (July 2018). Author: Monty Cooper.
Publication
"DOJ's & EPA's First Take on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (June 14, 2018). Contacts: Teresa Abney, Monty Cooper
Client Alert/Newsletter

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