Miles B. Cooper
When the building lights go out and the cleaning crew comes in, you’ll find personal injury attorney Miles working hard. Miles recognizes that his clients—individuals and families suffering from catastrophic injuries or wrongful deaths—deserve someone who never quits. Seven-figure verdicts and settlements are his hallmark—results that stem from creativity, teamwork, technical prowess, strategy, and sheer hard work.
In addition to his own caseload, he is frequently asked by other lawyers to consult on or take over cases shortly before trial. He was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates, one of the youngest inductees in recent history for the organization, in part due to this trial experience as well as his reputation for civility and ethics in representing his clients. He speaks and writes in his areas of expertise and his column, Backstory, appears monthly in Plaintiff magazine.
Miles’s community work includes volunteering for the Bar Association of San Francisco’s pro bono programs, serving as trial counsel for disenfranchised tenants faced with losing their homes and providing legal advice at clinics for low-income individuals.
Outside work he enjoys bicycling—for commuting as well as recreation—and travel to developing countries. He lives in San Francisco in an old Victorian with his wife, who is also a lawyer, and son, who is not a lawyer.
- J.D., 2000, University of San Francisco
- B.A., 1995, University of California at Berkeley
- PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & OFFICES
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & OFFICES
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- American Association for Justice
- American Bar Association
- Consumer Attorneys of California
Board of Directors; 2009 – present
Board of Governors; 2005, 2008 – present
- Consumer Attorneys’ Association of Los Angeles
- Bar Association of San Francisco
- San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States District Court, California Northern District
- United States District Court, California Central District
- State Bar of California
- The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California, 2011.
- The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40, 2011.
- Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award for 2011, Bar Association of San Francisco’s Volunteer Legal Services Program.
- Rising Star as selected by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2011
- Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2010
- Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award for 2010, Bar Association of San Francisco’s Volunteer Legal Services Program.
- Rising Star as selected by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010
- Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award from the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Volunteer Legal Services Program, 2009
- Rising Star as selected by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2009
- Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award from the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Volunteer Legal Services Program, 2008
- Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award from the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Volunteer Legal Services Program, 2007
- PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS
- "An expert is born: helping novice experts to improve the outcome," Plaintiff, March 2013.
- "Very superstitious: Good or bad, our superstitions and "spidey-senses" give us confidence," Plaintiff, February 2013.
- “Craft a plan for jury selection,” Trial, July 2012 (with June Bashant.)
- “I feel your pain: the Gerry Spence method taken over the top,” Plaintiff, July 2012.
- “Use the best tool for the job: tech options for presenting evidence,” The Trial Lawyer, Summer 2012.
- “An ounce of protection,” Plaintiff, June 2012.
- “Help around the house,” Plaintiff, May 2012.
- “The way of the Jedi lawyer,” Plaintiff, April 2012.
- “The price of admission: knowing and using the business records exception to hearsay,” Plaintiff, March 2012.
- “Be the best you can be: effective ways to perform as or work with co-counsel and second seats,” San Francisco Trial Lawyer’s Association New Lawyers’ Division Ski and CLE Conference, February 25, 2012.
- “Presenting injuries at trial effectively with an expert,” San Francisco Trial Lawyer’s Association New Lawyers’ Division Ski and CLE Conference, February 25, 2012.
- “Tech tools to help you maximize your clients’ recovery at mediation,” San Francisco Trial Lawyer’s Association, February 21, 2012.
- “The Cross Whisperer,” Plaintiff, February 2012.
- “Presenting arm and hand injuries at trial,” Trialsmith web seminar, January 26, 2012
- “Perception is reality,” Plaintiff, January 2012.
- “On legal writing: Hemingway, not Faulkner,” Plaintiff, December 2011.
- “Social media run wild: the ethics of social media,” Legal Marketing Association, November 15, 2011
- “The Pincer Move,” Plaintiff, November 2011.
- “Help! I need somebody!” Plaintiff, October 2011.
- “Settlement: It’s not over until the foreperson sings,” Plaintiff, September 2011.
- “Marketing for Lawyers,” San Francisco Trial Lawyer’s Association, August 23, 2011.
- “Directing the direct when your witness is not an expert,” Plaintiff, August 2011.
- “Second chair is much more than second fiddle,” Plaintiff, July 2011.
- "What the camera does not show: The sub rosa camera can be made to lie and you can expose it,” Plaintiff, June 2011.
- “Jury Selection” San Francisco Trial Lawyer’s Association, November 9, 2010.
- Voir Dire Workshop, University of San Francisco Intensive Advocacy Program, June 2, 2010.
- “Successful and Ethical Marketing” Consumer Attorneys of California, February 11, 2010.
- “Successful and Ethical Marketing” Consumer Attorneys of Marin, November 19, 2009.
- “100 Days Before Trial Through Opening Statement: A Three-Part Presentation” Trialsmith Web Seminar, October 22, 2009, November 19, 2009, and December 3, 2009.
- “Marketing for Lawyers” San Francisco Trial Lawyer’s Association, April 21, 2009.
- “Juror Questionnaires: Crafting, Getting Approval, and Using Questionnaires” Trialsmith Web Seminar, April 16, 2009.
- “Trial Director Presentation Software” San Francisco Trial Lawyer’s Association, January 22, 2008.
- “Anatomy for Lawyers & Paralegals: Understanding and Presenting Medicine In a Meaningful Way” TrialSmith Web Seminar, November 29, 2007.
- “Biomechanics: From High Speed to Low Speed” Consumer Attorneys of California College of Trial Arts Vehicle Dynamics and Handling Seminar, August 10, 2007.
- “Engaging in the Resolution Discussion – Opening a Dialogue to Set Up Cases for Resolution,” TrialSmith Web Seminar, May 22, 2007.
- “A Just Cause,” Litigation Supplement to The Recorder, May 21, 2007.
- “Jury Selection,” San Francisco Trial Lawyer’s Association, April 10, 2007.
- “PowerPoint: Effective Mediation Presentations,” San Francisco Trial Lawyer’s Association, February 28, 2006.
- “Be Open to Openings – Defendants and Plaintiffs Alike Can Benefit from Early Settlements,” The Recorder, July 25, 2005.
- “Maximizing Recovery – Loss of Household Services in the Personal Injury Case,” The Trial Lawyer; Fall 2004
Roger Rider v. Michael Motorist
Jane Doe v. Black Bus Company
The Doe Family v. Jane Roe
Resolution: The matter settled for a confidential amount.
eMocha, LLC and Manjinder Sandhu v. Central Plaza-Union City, L.P.
Resolution: $549,100 jury verdict.
John Roofer v. Black Welding Company
Resolution: Confidential settlement.
John Doe, DMD v. Jane Smith
Resolution: Confidential settlement.
Jane Doe v. Northstar-at-Tahoe
Resolution: $691,941 total jury verdict, reduced by Doe’s 40% comparative fault to $415,164.
The Doe Family v. ABC Manufacturing Co. and XYZ Machinery
Resolution: $5.75 million settlement
The Buzenus Family v. Red Company
Resolution: $8.75 Million
Jane Doe v. Acme Transport
Resolution: $2.4 million judgment, including a $2.1 million jury verdict, prevailing party costs and interest from the date of service of Doe’s formal Offer to Compromise.
Paula Programmer v. AC Transit
Resolution: $2.75 million settlement
Sarah Student v. Nina Nanny
Resolution: $1.2 million settlement
Michael Mechanic v. Defendant Driver
Resolution: $1.5 million settlement.
Juan Diaz and John Doe v. Errant Delivery Co.
Resolution: $14.5 million settlement. Diaz's settlement was $5.5 million. Doe, who had both legs traumatically amputated at the scene, was represented by separate counsel.
Joe Plumber v. Concrete Pumping Co.
Resolution: $2.1 million jury verdict
Joe Truckdriver v. Commercial Plant
Resolution: $2.8 million settlement
Jane Doe v. Jerry Berkowitz and Contra Costa County
Resolution: $5.8 million settlement
John Smith v. Road Construction Co.
Resolution: $1.6 million settlement
Jane Doe v. McNulty
Resolution: $3 million settlement
The Doe Family v. Feely Trucking Corp. and Lahkbir Ram
Resolution: $1.75 million settlement
John Doe v. Third and Mission Assoc. and others
Resolution: $6.5 million resolution consisting of a $5.4 million jury verdict and $1.1 million in costs and interest following defendants’ unsuccessful appeal.
Doe and others v. Yellow Cab Cooperative, Inc.
Resolution: $3.7 million jury verdict
John Doe v. Black Corp.
Resolution: $5.7 million settlement
Jim Trucker v. Albertson’s
Resolution: $8.1 million resolution consisting of a $6.4 million jury verdict and $1.7 million in costs and interest following Albertson’s unsuccessful appeal.
The Dean Family v. Fedco Trucking
Resolution: $1.1 million jury verdict