Suffolk University Law School, JD 1976
Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, MPA 1988
Gary Cooper is a lecturer-in-law teaching Antitrust Law, Introduction to the Law of Contracts, and Transactional Drafting. He also taught Antitrust Law at New England Law Boston from 1999 to 2014.
Professor Cooper began his legal career in 1977 as a labor and employment lawyer serving in both the public and private sectors. During this period, he was a lead trial attorney in the Boston office of the National Labor Relations Board for more than eight years. Professor Cooper was trial counsel in more than 100 administrative cases involving labor disputes throughout New England, New York, and in North Carolina. He also had extensive trial experience in civil injunction proceedings in the federal district courts.
From 1988 to 1999, Professor Cooper was a senior attorney in the Boston office of the Federal Trade Commission. While there, he directed government antitrust reviews of proposed mergers in a wide variety of industries and product markets. He was the lead attorney in nearly all of the FTC’s antitrust investigations of mergers in the hospital and health care industries in New England during the 1990’s. He also was lead trial counsel in several significant consumer protection matters brought in the federal courts and before the FTC against persons or companies engaged in false advertising or deceptive marketing practices.
From 2000 until his retirement from active practice in 2017, Professor Cooper was a senior attorney in the trial department at Goodwin Procter in Boston. While there he worked on a wide range of litigation matters as a member of the firm’s Domestic and Foreign Competition, Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement, IP Litigation and White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations practice groups. He also counseled corporate clients on antitrust and competition issues, prepared HSR filings, obtained regulatory clearance, and successfully defended several mergers and acquisitions before the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the DOJ.