Miles B. Cooper

Miles B. Cooper

Miles B. Cooper is a partner at Emison Hullverson LLP. He represents people with personal injury and wrongful death cases. In addition to litigating his own cases, he associates in as trial counsel and consults on trial matters. He has served as lead counsel, co-counsel, second seat, and schlepper over his career, and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Cooper’s interests beyond litigation include trial presentation technologies and bicycling (although not at the same time.)

Articles written by this author:

What the camera doesn’t show

The sub rosa camera can be made to lie and you can expose it

Miles B. Cooper

2011 June


Second chair is much more than second fiddle

Never a second’s hesitation – the role of the second seat in trial is to be present and anticipate

Miles B. Cooper

2011 July


Directing the direct when your witness is not an expert

Curiosity on direct examination can be the key to revealing the Perry Mason moment in a trial

Miles B. Cooper

2011 August


Settlement talks – It’s not over until the foreperson sings

Settlement talks can be as effective at the end of a trial as at the beginning

Miles B. Cooper

2011 September


Help! I need somebody

Avoid the slippery slope. Keep your ego out of the equation, and call someone who has the expertise you don’t!

Miles B. Cooper

2011 October


The pincer move

With more than one defendant at trial, the enemy of your enemy might be your friend

Miles B. Cooper

2011 November


On legal writing: Hemingway, not Faulkner

Brevity is not only the soul of wit, but the crux of the pleading

Miles B. Cooper

2011 December


Perception is reality

Social networking has changed the rules of the game. Your goal is to make sure your footprint is uniform and positive and consistent with how you present in real life

Miles B. Cooper

2012 January


The “cross whisperer”

Leading a jury to verdict and a horse to water have a lot in common

Miles B. Cooper

2012 February


The way of the Jedi lawyer

Take a lesson from the Jedi as the Zen warrior: Embrace the fear

Miles B. Cooper

2012 April


An ounce of protection

A small investment can yield a large benefit

Miles B. Cooper

2012 June


I feel your pain

Walk in your client’s shoes — the Gerry Spence method taken over the top

Miles B. Cooper

2012 July


I dialed 911 a long time ago

Ways to avoid the compromise defense verdict

Miles B. Cooper

2012 August


Show and tell

Up until trial, the adjuster and defense lawyer are your jurors

Miles B. Cooper

2012 September


Help them keep their settlement

A sudden, large cash settlement can disappear just as suddenly without proper planning

Miles B. Cooper

2012 October



Metadata as blessing and burden

The document speaks for itself (but does it say too much?)

Miles B. Cooper

2012 December


Department Zero Dark Thirty

U.S. Special Ops teams take on numerically superior opponents with planning, speed and decisiveness

Miles B. Cooper

2013 January


Very superstitious

Good or bad, our superstitions and “spidey-senses” give us confidence

Miles B. Cooper

2013 February


An expert is born

Expertise must be accompanied by the ability to communicate it at trial

Miles B. Cooper

2013 March


The people on the bus

Taking the bus, train or public transit buys you time to concentrate on the case.

Miles B. Cooper

2013 April


With case-management software, it’s all relative

Your life revolves around your cases. So should your case-management software

Miles B. Cooper

2013 May


Make them an offer they can refuse (in bad faith)

Open up the policy limits and collect it all from the insurance company

Miles B. Cooper

2013 June


The map is not the territory

Why it is so very important that you personally go to the accident scene

Miles B. Cooper

2013 July


The ministry of culture

Staying current with pop culture may help with your jury… and at cocktail parties

Miles B. Cooper

2013 August


A death in the family

Caring for your clients – the blessings and the burdens

Miles B. Cooper

2013 September


The code war

The ICD and why you should care about a big change on the horizon

Miles B. Cooper

2013 October


Land wars in Asia

Discovery Battles – the most classic of blunders

Miles B. Cooper

2013 November


All in the family

“Can you help me with a quick legal question?”

Miles B. Cooper

2013 December


Ch-ch-ch-Changes

How to effect a successful PI practice transition

Miles B. Cooper

2014 January


Order out of chaos

The strategy and skills behind witness order and scheduling at trial

Miles B. Cooper

2014 February


“Deserve’s got nothing to do with it”

Helping clients understand that what they need is not the same as what their cases are worth

Miles B. Cooper

2014 April


One day, one trial

Expedited jury trials – an underutilized tool in minor injury auto cases

Miles B. Cooper

2014 May


Naming rights

Finding and naming the proper entities in a premises case

Miles B. Cooper

2014 June


Important to us, important for your clients

As more of us rely less upon cars for getting around town, the safety of cyclists and pedestrians becomes more of an issue

Maryanne B. Cooper
Miles B. Cooper

2014 July


No more bike or pedestrian cases? Where do I sign up?

Vision Zero and the idea that we can do a better job for everyone on our streets by reducing fatalities and injuries

Miles B. Cooper

2014 July


Chance favors the prepared

Making the Expedited Jury Trial (EJT) work requires cooperation from both sides of the aisle

Miles B. Cooper

2014 August


Under pressure

Managing back-to-back-to-back trials as a small firm-practitioner

Miles B. Cooper

2014 September


Read it and weep

Inadvertent disclosure of privileged documents during discovery

Miles B. Cooper

2014 October


Duty calls

Jury service – a learning opportunity

Miles B. Cooper

2014 November


Anatomically correct

Teaching anatomy and injury to jurors

Miles B. Cooper

2014 December


A child’s eyes

Identify the issues and refocus your case to highlight the story that a jury will understand

Miles B. Cooper

2015 January


The right cross

An effective cross needs visuals, and visuals demand reliable technology

Miles B. Cooper

2015 February



The Tweet’s the thing…

Helping clients who are too social on social media

Miles B. Cooper

2015 April


MIST me

Reasons we must litigate more “Minor Impact Soft Tissue” cases, but choose carefully.

Miles B. Cooper

2015 May


A lawyer for all seasons

Successful lawyering requires many different skills – and others who complement your strong suit

Miles B. Cooper

2015 June


Relax, I’m a professional

Understanding bicycling experts’ biases in the context of urban riding’s evolution

Miles B. Cooper

2015 July


Sudden emergency

Handling illness, injury, or time away from your practice

Miles B. Cooper

2015 August



The exhibit’s the thing

A practical guide to organizing your exhibits

Miles B. Cooper

2015 October


Have laptop – will travel

Using technology to maximize untethered productivity

Miles B. Cooper

2015 November


I got 99 bottles but a beer ain’t one

Sometimes our clients’ stories help us find ourselves

Miles B. Cooper

2015 December


Not on the Roster

Traps for the unwary in government-claim land and the Roster of Public Agencies

Miles B. Cooper

2016 January


So this is what the courthouse looks like

Get the lay of the land well before trial call

Miles B. Cooper

2016 February


Treat them right

The joys and pitfalls of treating doctors

Miles B. Cooper

2014 March


Rationally irrational

How rational case decisions can lead to irrational outcomes

Miles B. Cooper

2016 March


The price of admission

The Business Records Exception

Miles B. Cooper

2012 March


A brief word...

Crafting language for maximum effect

Miles B. Cooper

2016 April


Compensation for help around the house

The last thing an injured person can afford is a housekeeper

Miles B. Cooper

2012 May


I’ve got a CACI jones

Using jury instructions for more than just instructing juries

Miles B. Cooper

2016 May


Don’t throw me in the briar patch!

Opposing summary judgment helps ready a case for trial

Miles B. Cooper

2016 June


The road more traveled

Shifting the driver-centric focus in disputed-liability bike and pedestrian cases

Miles B. Cooper

2016 July


Pick a winner

The right mediator makes the process go so much smoother

Miles B. Cooper

2016 August


That’s not our policy

Lessons learned from the bad-faith front lines

Miles B. Cooper

2016 September


Pave the planet

Dangerous road surfaces and notice against governmental entities

Miles B. Cooper

2016 November


The Stoic

Opening yourself to outcome

Miles B. Cooper

2016 December


Out of character

Cameo witnesses and their importance in describing the impact of an injury

Miles B. Cooper

2017 January


A minor compromise

A minor compromise

Where the funds go when resolving a minor’s claim (minor's compromise) requires due consideration

Miles B. Cooper

2017 February


Whippersnappers

Inexperienced, opposing counsel requires special consideration

Miles B. Cooper

2017 March


Okay, now cough

Preparing for and attending the defense medical exam

Miles B. Cooper

2017 April


Selection criteria

The mechanics of jury selection

Miles B. Cooper

2017 May


The prepared witness

The best trial testimony comes from a prepared witness

Miles B. Cooper

2017-June


Ride sharing and Strava

There’s a social-media world you need to know about

Miles B. Cooper

2017 July


Mediator, go work your magic

Mediators need our help to settle cases successfully

Miles B. Cooper

2017 August


A brush with death

UIM may be the best insurance anyone can buy; but pay attention to the details

Miles B. Cooper

2017 September


Self-discovery

Answering discovery helps one gain greater appreciation of the case

Miles B. Cooper

2017 October


It’s for my glaucoma…

Weeding through medical marijuana issues

Miles B. Cooper

2017 November


The man comes around

Life lessons in the law following a life lost

Miles B. Cooper

2017 December