Keith E. Cooper is a business and entertainment attorney based in Los Angeles. Mr. Cooper’s practice includes business contracts, negotiation, copyright law, trademark law, internet law, and formation of business entities. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School and is licensed to practice in California and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Cooper is the author of The Serious Entrepreneur’s Guide to Achieving Amazing Success, a book on business marketing and entrepreneurship, is featured in the video/book DVD seminar series, “What Every Filmmaker Needs to Know About the Law,” and speaks to industry groups on intellectual property issues.
Mr. Cooper has been as an editorial board member of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine. He has been certified as a mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Courts (a program that became, sadly, a victim of state budget cuts), California Lawyers for the Arts, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He served on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s ’s Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. For several years, he has been a judge for the National Entertainment Law Moot Court, and a panelist for the Kodak/American Pavilion L.A. Intensive for young filmmakers.
Mr. Cooper graduated from the prestigious University of Missouri School of Journalism and worked as a radio, television, and print journalist early in his career. While at the University of Missouri, he also earned a separate undergraduate degree in speech and theater in the College of Arts and Sciences, and was inducted into their Purple Mask Dramatics Honorary Society. He was also contest coordinator for UMC’s first nationwide Short Playwriting Contest, and supervised productions of the winning plays.
After earning a Master’s degree in Theater (with a Directing emphasis) from Adelphi University, Mr. Cooper worked in the New York theater for several years as an actor, dancer, singer, and director. He studied composition at The Juilliard School and received a certificate in filmmaking from New York University.
Before attending law school, Mr. Cooper worked extensively in business. In addition to his work in entertainment, Mr. Cooper has worked as production manager for the design division of the nation’s largest merchandising company, and worked as a financial officer at a major New York private bank.
As a law student, Mr. Cooper was awarded First Prize in the ASCAP Nathan Burkan Writing Competition in Copyright Law for his article on the Architectural Copyright Act.
Mr. Cooper began his legal career in the Intellectual Property department of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation and at Barab, Kline & Coate, LLP, where he represented a variety of businesses in real estate and entertainment matters.
As an attorney, Mr. Cooper has drawn on his theater, film, and music education and experience to advise clients on more than 50 films and television programs distributed by such companies as Paramount Pictures, Miramax, HBO, Showtime, Twentieth Century Fox, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, MTV, and others.