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COHEN, COOPER, ESTEP, MUDDER & WHITEMAN
Lawrence Cooper

3350 Riverwood Parkway, Ste. 2220
Atlanta GA 30339
404-814-0000 ext.1

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Our attorneys are talented, knowlegdeable, experienced and dedicated to client service. The firm has lawyers admitted to practice in Georgia, Florida, California and Texas. Its lawyers has represented Fortune 50 companies, indigent individuals and every size client in between, with a focus on zealous advocacy, ethical representation, and a determination to make sure its clients are satisfied. The lawyers of the firm stand ready to help new clients in any way possible.

About Our Attorneys:-

Darryl B. Cohen

Darryl B. Cohen, an Entertainment and Criminal Defense attorney, is a former partner of Katz, Smith and Cohen in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a former Assistant State Attorney in Miami, Dade County, Florida, and Assistant District Attorney in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia. His Entertainment practice includes representation of television anchors,actors, photographers, models and talent agencies.
Further, he is involved with numerous syndicated television programs. As a criminal defense lawyer, he has represented the entire spectrum of clients for over thirty years. Many of his clients and cases are high profile entertainment related cases covered by the national media. He is the National Vice President and current Legal Committee Member of the
National Television Academy (NTA) based in New York; current Legal Chairman of the Northern California Chapter; Trustee and immediate Past President of the Southeast Chapter of NTA; and a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS), Hollywood, California. An attorney, commentator, master of ceremonies, actor and model, he has appeared in numerous television commercials, episodic television, industrial films, as well as a principal actor in a daytime soap opera.

Further, he hosted a live 2-hour talk show on WTBS-TV. He has served as President and National Board Member of the Screen Actors Guild, Georgia branch, and has served on the Atlanta Board of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).

Darryl has co-hosted several local television telethons and has been a regular on-camera spokesperson for WPBA-TV's pledge drives and Master of Ceremonies for numerous local events. He appeared regularly on WXIA-TV/Channel 11, the NBC affiliate, as the lawyer for their live televised "Noonday" program, and currently provides on-air legal commentary for CNN/HNN and local Atlanta stations, including WXIA TV/Channel 11 and WAGA-TV/Fox 5.

Darryl is past Chairman of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. He has chaired numerous seminars and other educational programs and is Co-founder and Permanent Chairman of the Annual Southern Regional Entertainment and Sports Law Conference. He is the current Chairman, Chairman Elect and past Treasurer of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section (EASL) of the Florida Bar Association.

Further, he is a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; the Lawyers Club of Atlanta; the National Academy of Trial Lawyers; the Atlanta Bar Association; the Florida Bar Association; and the Georgia Bar Association. Darryl is listed in Who's Who in America.

Lawrence A. Cooper

Lawrence A. Cooper is an experienced trial lawyer, admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1975, and the State Bar of Texas in 1975. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1975. Larry accepts cases in the following areas:

GENERAL CIVIL LITIGATION
BUSINESS LITIGATION
FRAUD
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
NURSING HOME LITIGATION
PERSONAL & CATASTROPHIC INJURY
WRONGFUL DEATH
DIVORCE, CUSTODY, PATERNITY
PHYSICIAN PRACTICES
MEDIATION

Larry is admitted to practice in all state trial and appellate courts in Georgia, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. He received his B.A. from Tulane University, his J.D. from St. Mary's University, and his Master of Laws from Emory University. Larry has enjoyed teaching for many years at the Emory Law School trial techniques program.   He has received the highest rating given (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell, which rates attorneys and law firms nationwide. He is also listed in Who's Who in American Law and Who's who in America.

Larry's goal is to effectively and ethically represent his clients in the pursuit of justice. Since his Judicial Clerkship to the Honorable Elmo Holt, Superior Court, Atlanta Judicial Circuit in 1976 and 1977, Larry has represented numerous individuals and businesses in a wide variety of matters, legal problems, and business disputes. Larry has successfully tried significant jury cases involving wrongful death, brain damage, spinal cord injury, blindness, traumatic injury, and invasion of privacy. He has had successful jury verdicts in such unique cases as representing the plaintiff in an AIDS invasion of privacy case, and representing the plaintiff in a medical malpractice case concerning a patient who attempted suicide. He has also tried complex jury divorce cases, non-jury divorce cases, and custody cases. His focus from the moment he accepts your case is to prepare for trial, and at the same time to make diligent effort to reasonably settle the case with minimum expense to you. This approach has served his clients well in significant and complex cases.

Larry is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, Cobb County Bar Association, American Bar Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Southern Trail Lawyers Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. Larry is a Registered Neutral in General Mediation, Domestic Relations Mediation, and Arbitration with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. He is an arbitrator for the Arbitration Program, Fulton Superior Court, and an arbitrator for attorney fee disputes, State Bar of Georgia. 

Steve Estep

Steve Estep focuses his practice on civil litigation. Steve has had extensive experience handling a broad range of cases for both plaintiffs and defendants, including personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, banking, antitrust, business, intellectual property, tax, securities, entertainment, defamation, and other types of litigation. Steve has tried numerous cases to judges and juries and has handled appeals in both state and federal courts. Two of his jury trial victories were featured in The National Law Journal. Although the majority of his practice is in Georgia, he has handled cases in thirteen different states, from Florida to Alaska. He carries an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given.

Before becoming a member of Cohen, Cooper, Estep & Mudder in 2002, Steve spent the first thirteen years of his career at Atlanta's largest firm, King & Spalding. He was a partner in the tort litigation group from 1996 to 2001. At King & Spalding, Steve specialized in representing multinational corporations in multimillion-dollar product liability lawsuits involving products such as sport utility vehicles, fitness equipment, and silicone breast implants. Steve still represents large corporations, but he now focuses more of his practice on representing small businesses and individuals in a wide variety of litigation. Steve grew up in Florida and earned his undergraduate degree at Florida State University in 1985. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Mercer University in 1988.  At Mercer, Steve finished first in his class and was awarded the Woodruff Medal, the school's highest academic honor. He won merit-based scholarships, numerous academic awards, and was a member of the Mercer Law Review.

Steve was admitted to practice in Georgia in 1988.  He is admitted to practice in all state trial and appellate courts in Georgia, the Federal District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Steve is a member of the American Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. He has been a guest speaker at legal seminars in the U.S. and abroad. He teaches each year in Emory Law School's well-known trial practice program, and he also is a volunteer coach for the Westminster Schools High School Mock Trial Team.

Steve enjoys reading, sports, fitness, travel, cooking, collecting wine, and mowing his lawn. He is a pretty good golfer, a decent surfer, and a lousy downhill skier.

Steve Mudder

Steve Mudder is a transactional attorney and specializes in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, company formation, private financing, sports and entertainment law and estate planning. With regard to his corporate practice, Steve currently represents numerous entrepreneurs and private companies at various stages in the corporate life cycle, including formation, equity and debt funding, corporate governance, shareholder and partnership agreements, business development, securities laws matters and mergers and acquisitions. His clients are engaged in various industries such as construction, financial services, technology, real estate, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and entertainment.

On the sports and entertainment side, Steve represents professional and amateur athletes, musicians, bands, solo artists, rap and R&B artists, producers, broadcasters, television and radio personalities, record companies, entertainment companies, publishers, management companies, talent agencies and promotion companies.  Steve is a licensed Contract Advisor with the National Football League Players Association and is building a sports agent practice representing professional athletes in the NFL and Major League Baseball.

Before becoming a member of Cohen, Cooper, Estep & Mudder, Steve worked as a corporate associate for two prominent national law firms: Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian in California's Silicon Valley, and King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia. At Gunderson Dettmer, Steve represented public and private technology companies in venture backed financings and in merger and acquisition transactions. Steve also represented first-tierenture capital firms in their private placement transactions. At King & Spalding, Steve represented Fortune 100 companies such as Sprint Corp., the Coca Cola Company and American Express. Steve represented multinational corporations in multimillion-dollar mergers and securities offerings transactions. Steve's particular focus on public company M&A involved the representation of Sprint Corp. during its proposed merger with WorldCom, the largest corporate transaction in history at the time, and the unwinding of the Global One Communications joint venture among Sprint, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom.

Steve was born in a small farming town in Northeast Nebraska and traveled the world growing up the son of an Army Lt. Colonel. He attended Harvard Law School and received his J.D., cum laude, in June 1998. While in Cambridge, he spent most of his time studying and trying to stay warm. Frankly, he was miserable at the time but now looks back on the experience very favorably. Before receiving his J.D., he attended Florida State University from 1991 to 1995 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, summa cum laude, and was honored for graduating with a 4.0 GPA and first in his class. Steve also received numerous awards and national recognition for his outstanding achievements in intramural sports, on and off campus socials, and Spring Break activities. That he made it to Harvard Law School still shocks most who know him.

Steve was admitted to practice in Georgia in 1998 and California in 2001. He is a member of the Georgia State Bar, the California State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Harvard Law School Recent Graduates Committee, the Florida State University College of Business Advisory Board, the Atlanta Sports Council, the Peach Bowl Committee, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, and the NFL Players Association.

Steve enjoys sports, live music, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Unfortunately, his pro sports career ended prematurely (actually, he never played at the college level, either) and his acting career took a nose dive after his Hollywood agent told him he had the face and talent for radio.


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