Diane C. Cooper - Associate
Diane is an experienced New York civil litigator specializing in medical malpractice and negligence and has extensive experience with all phases of litigation in these areas.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from New York University's College of Arts & Sciences, Diane earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. While at law school, Diane was awarded a prestigious public interest summer fellowship with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington DC.
Upon graduation, Diane worked for the New York City Housing Authority and later, a boutique civil and commercial litigation firm in downtown Manhattan, Fisher, Fisher & Berger. Thereafter, she practiced medical malpractice defense litigation at Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP, the largest insurance defense firm in the country.
In 2002, Diane accepted an appointment as a confidential law clerk/principal court attorney to the Honorable Harold B. Beeler, J.S.C. in Manhattan Supreme Court. During her 6 years working with Justice Beeler, Diane gained invaluable experience working closely with the Court in preparing for and deciding civil motions and cases, including a broad array of legal issues under New York State Law, and assisted the Court with all phases of trials, including pre-trial motions, evidentiary issues, legal research and drafting jury instructions and verdict sheets.
Following the clerkship, Diane spent 8 years working at an established Nassau County, Long Island plaintiffs' medical malpractice firm, Bruce G. Clark & Associates, PC where she handled all aspects of plaintiffs' medical malpractice litigation from inception to trial.
Diane finds it very satisfying to be part of an intense, hardworking collaborative effort to bring life-altering, dramatically beneficial financial compensation to catastrophically injured people, many or most of whom would have no other recourse. When not hard at work, Diane and her husband can be found delighting in their three, magical young daughters.
Diane is a member of the New York Women's Bar Association, the Nassau County Women's Bar Association, the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York and The National Lawyer's Guild. On behalf of The National Lawyers Guild, Diane volunteers as a "legal observer" at protests throughout New York City to ensure that the constitutional rights of protestors are not illegally infringed upon.
Areas of Practice
- Medical Malpractice/Professional Liability
- New York
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York
- Juris Doctor
- New York University, College of Arts & Sciences
- B.A. cum laude
Honors and Awards
- Selected by Buffalo law school faculty as the recipient of a summer fellowship program at the National Labor Relations Board in Washington DC
Professional Associations and Memberships
- New York Women's Bar Association
- Nassau County Women’s Bar Association
- Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
- National Lawyers Guild, legal observer