Attorney General Robert E. Cooper, Jr.
Robert E. Cooper, Jr., was sworn in as Attorney General for the State of Tennessee on November 1, 2006. He was appointed by the Supreme Court to serve an eight-year term.
Among the accomplishments of the Office since the appointment of General Cooper are:
- A task force formed by the Attorney General’s office and other state agencies in 2008 has collected $161 million for the State in healthcare provider fraud cases ranging from off label marketing of drugs, fraudulent billing, kickbacks to physicians and other illegal activities.
- The Attorney General’s office obtained a default judgment of almost $11 million against a nationwide group that targeted Ft. Campbell soldiers with predatory sales and lending practices and took action against a national electronics product company alleging the company targeted at least 4,500 primarily low-income Tennessee consumers with high pressure sales tactics and failed to disclose key contract terms.
- The Attorney General led state agencies to form a working group on foreclosures and filed suit against “foreclosure rescue” operations in Memphis.
- In the area of environmental enforcement, the Attorney General’s office targeted violations of construction storm water permits which threatened Tennessee’s rivers and streams and pursued litigation to stop rock harvesting by private companies on state property.
Prior to his appointment, General Cooper served as Legal Counsel to Governor Phil Bredesen from 2003 to 2006. Before joining the Governor’s office, he was a partner at Bass, Berry Sims, PLC, in Nashville where he specialized in business, constitutional and regulatory litigation. Prior to his work at the firm, he served as clerk for U.S. District Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer in Washington, D.C. General Cooper has served as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School teaching campaign finance and election law.
General Cooper is a Chattanooga native. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and a law degree from Yale University. Between college and law school he worked as a reporter in North Carolina for The Raleigh Times.