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The materials on this website have been prepared by CLP for educational and informational purposes only and are not legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Internet subscribers and online readers should not act upon this information without retaining professional counsel. Any actions or decisions about your legal rights should be based on the particular facts and circumstances of your specific situation, after consulting with and retaining the legal services of an attorney. Do not send us information until you speak with one of our lawyers and get authorization to send that information to us. No attorney-client relationship is created unless and until there is a written and signed engagement letter between you and the firm.
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If you are already represented by an attorney, then no attorney or employee of this firm can speak with you nor provide legal advice to you without the consent of your attorney. Accordingly, if you are already represented by an attorney, please do not contact one of our attorneys or employees without your lawyer’s consent.
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Any information sent to CLP via e-mail or through the website is done on a non-confidential basis and is not secure. CLP will make reasonable efforts to keep information confidentially internally, but because of the nature of the internet and the absence of an attorney/client relationship, we cannot promise or guarantee confidentiality.
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The content provided on this site, such as documents, text, graphics, images, videos, or other materials, are for educational and informational purposes only. The information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult a physician for diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition or for any questions you may have regarding a health concern. You should not rely upon any material or statements in this website for legal or medical purposes. We recommend that you review this information carefully with your doctor or healthcare professional before making any decisions regarding your health or medical treatment, and especially before disregarding the advice of your doctor or healthcare professionals. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen on this site. Links to other sites are provided for information only. Use of trade names is for identification only and does not constitute endorsement by CLP.
This website and the information contained herein are not intended to be an advertisement or solicitation of business, but it may be considered an advertisement in some jurisdictions.
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CLP makes no guarantees that content of the Website will be without errors, timely, free of viruses or other harmful elements, or that defects will be corrected. CLP does not make any representations, express or implied, with respect to the timeliness, accuracy, or completeness of any of the contents of this website, and expressly disclaims any liability or warranties, express or implied, including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement.
CLP may periodically change, remove, or add to the material in this website without notice. This material may contain technical or typographical errors. CLP does not guarantee its accuracy, completeness or suitability. CLP assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the contents of this website. Your use of this website is at your own risk. Under no circumstances shall the CLP or any other party involved in the creation, production or delivery of this website be liable to you or any other person for any indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any kind arising from your access to, or use of, this website.
IN NO EVENT SHALL CLP BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RELATING TO THIS MATERIAL, FOR ANY USE OF THIS WEBSITE, OR FOR ANY OTHER LINKED WEBSITE.
This Website may include links to other internet sites that are beyond the control of CLP. CLP is not responsible for the content of any such sites, makes no representations regarding any such sites, cannot guarantee their practices regarding data privacy, and does not necessarily endorse or approve of the information, material, products, or services contained on or accessible through any such sites. If you use links to access and use such websites, you do so at your own risk. CLP is not responsible for the content or availability of any linked sites. These links are provided only as a convenience to the users of this website.
Relationship Between CLP and Other Firms
WHILE THIS FIRM MAINTAINS JOINT RESPONSIBILITY, MOST CASES OF THIS TYPE ARE REFERRED TO OTHER ATTORNEYS FOR PRINCIPLE RESPONSIBILITY.
CLP lawyers are licensed to practice law only within the states of Washington, D.C., Florida, New York, and Alabama, but we refer, associate, or co-counsel on certain types of cases with lawyers licensed or otherwise admitted to practice law throughout the United States. CLP may refer prospective clients to other law firms located throughout the United States, who form relationships with CLP, and are experienced in handling such cases. Attorneys and law firms associated by CLP are determined by CLP, in the professional judgment of its principals, to be qualified to handle the litigation matters for which they are associated. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
An address listed in a directory or on a page on this website is typically that of an attorney located at the address who has associated, or has agreed to associate, with CLP on certain types of cases or a meeting location at which clients may more conveniently meet with associated attorneys. No representation is made that CLP or attorneys employed by CLP are located at the address or licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction in which the address is located. CLP has endeavored to list addresses accurately. If you see a listed address that you believe is not related to an associated attorney or meeting location, please contact us so that we make any necessary corrections.
Inquiries, Consultations, and Fees for Services
Initial consultations and/or case reviews on a particular matter are provided free of cost, and upon agreement with the potential client and in the sole discretion of CLP, CLP will enter into a contract for legal services with the potential client which describes in writing the fee charged for a particular engagement, as well as other terms of the representation, including disclosure that other attorneys or law firms may be associated to participate in the representation. If known, the identity of any affiliated attorney or law firm that will have a role in the representation will be included in the contract. Otherwise, in the event that counsel is associated on a particular matter, the client will be informed and any consent required by applicable rules of professional conduct will be obtained.
All personal injury matters are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning that a client pays no fees or costs unless a recovery is obtained on the client’s behalf. Fees paid in the event of a recovery are a percentage of the total recovery, as agreed to with the client prior to undertaking the representation and as set forth in the contract for legal services, and are intended to be in accordance with standards in the legal services industry and, where applicable, state rules of professional responsibility. Costs incurred in the representation are deducted from the client’s portion of any recovery but are not required to be paid out of pocket by the client. If there is no recovery, the client will not be responsible for any cost incurred in the representation (unless expressly agreed to by the client prior to the cost being incurred). The use of affiliated attorneys or law firms does not increase the fee, although other factors may increase the fee.
Inquiries made through this website are typically responded to by CLP, its representatives, or lawyers in its referral network. CLP reserves the right to not respond to inquiries on this website and may, at its discretion, direct inquiries to other attorneys or law firms without an initial response. In such instances, CLP makes no representation regarding the ability of the responding attorney to represent the potential client in accordance with applicable standards of care. CLP may or may not decide to associate as counsel on such cases.
Telephone calls made or received by CLP regarding an inquiry made through this website may be recorded for record-keeping, training, and quality-assurance purposes.
State Laws Vary
The laws of each state are different. This website may contain information about general or common rules that apply in some states. Some sections of this website may describe legal matters handled in the past by Cooper Law Partners and/or the lawyers employed by Cooper Law Partners. The results for these matters depended upon a variety of factors, each unique to its own situation. They do not guarantee or predict a similar result for any future matter. You cannot assume that the same rules apply, or that the same result would occur, in your state or any particular state or case. Every case is different, and past results are not predictive of future outcomes.
Statutes of limitations are especially important. Every state has laws called the “statute of limitations” which set a deadline to file a lawsuit. A lawsuit filed too late may be thrown out, regardless of the defendant’s fault or the severity of the injuries. Some states have a three-year period for negligence injury claims; the time period in other states may be longer or shorter. Because investigation and research is needed to identify all possible defendants and theories of recovery, if you have an accident or injury, you should consult a lawyer as soon as possible.
Legal and Ethical Requirements
CLP has attempted to comply with all legal and ethical requirements in creating and publishing this website. We welcome comments about our compliance with applicable rules and will update the site as warranted.
To the extent that state bar rules may require designation of a principal office and/or a single lawyer responsible for this website, Cooper Law Partners designates its office in Washington, D.C., USA, at 1717 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1025, Washington, DC 20006 as its principal office and designates Davis Cooper as the lawyer responsible for this website.
Honors, Accolades and Recognition
To the extent that any display of honors, accolades, recognition, or article excerpts made on this website are considered attorney advertising, no aspect of such advertisement has been approved or sanctioned by the supreme courts or accrediting organizations of any state. The inclusion of an honor, accolade or recognition is not intended to compare the services of any attorney with any other attorney or law firm, nor is it intended to create an expectation of results that can be obtained in a particular matter. Any honor, accolade or recognition that uses the term “super,” “best,” “superior,” “leading,” “top-rated,” or the like, only means that the attorney has been included in a list containing that term. It is not intended to convey any superlative ability of the attorney recognized.
The websites of the organizations conferring the honor, accolade or recognition may be linked to from the badge or logo displayed on this website, and you are encouraged to visit those websites to learn more about the process by which the attorney was selected. Where the logo of a publication is listed as featuring CLP or an attorney, you are encouraged to perform an author search or other type of search on that website for the information communicated by or about CLP or the attorney on that website. Alternatively, information about honors, accolades and recognition can be provided upon request.
State Legal Advertising Disclosures
Because some material on this website may be found to constitute attorney advertising, and because this website may be viewed from anywhere in the United States, particular disclosures may be required by the rules of some states. To the extent applicable, CLP adopts and makes the following disclosures:
Alabama: No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
Arizona: ATTORNEY ADVERTISING. No representation is made promising or guaranteeing a particular outcome or result. Any attorneys claiming certification in an area of law are certified by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization.
Colorado: Colorado does not certify attorneys as specialists in any field.
Florida: The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience.
Iowa: The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of a lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. This disclosure is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa.
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: Memberships and offices in legal fraternities and legal societies, technical and professional licenses, and memberships in scientific, technical and professional associations and societies of law or field of practice do not mean that a lawyer is a specialist or expert in a field of law, nor do they mean that such a lawyer is necessarily any more expert or competent than any other lawyer. All potential clients are urged to make their own independent investigation and evaluation of any lawyer being considered. This notice is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa.
Kentucky and Oregon: THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT.
Mississippi: The Mississippi Supreme Court advises that a decision on legal services is important and should not be based solely on advertisements.
Missouri: Neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor the Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or specialist designations.
Nevada: The State Bar of Nevada does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert.
New Jersey: ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT. Before making your choice of an attorney, you should give this matter careful thought. The selection of an attorney is an important decision.
New Mexico: LAWYER ADVERTISEMENT.
New York: ATTORNEY ADVERTISING. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
Tennessee: None of the attorneys in this firm are certified as a Civil Trial, Criminal Trial, Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy, Creditor’s Rights, Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Accounting Malpractice, Estate Planning or Elder Law specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Certification as a specialist in all other listed areas is not currently available in Tennessee.
Texas: Unless otherwise stated, our attorneys claiming certification in an area of law are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Wyoming: The Wyoming State Bar does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert. Anyone considering a lawyer should independently investigate the lawyer’s credentials and ability, and not rely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise.
Except on pages containing information about a particular attorney or as otherwise noted, individuals depicted in photographs on this website are not affiliated with CLP in any capacity, and their depiction is not intended in any way to create an expectation of results that might be obtained in a particular case. Such individuals are actors, and they are depicted in stock photographs that have been properly licensed by CLP. Photographs on this website, including those depicting featured or sponsored events may contain pictures of individuals who are not lawyers or not employed by CLP.
Users are prohibited from downloading photographs on this website for any reason other than for personal use, including but not limited to retransmitting, reproducing or otherwise engaging in unauthorized use of the photographs.
Website Comment Policy
While not all pages or posts on this website will be open to comments, comments are otherwise permitted. However, comments containing the following may be edited or deleted, at the sole discretion of CLP: Spam or questionable spam; profane, derogatory or defamatory language; offensive language or concepts; attacks either on a person individually or CLP. Users submitting comments that violate this comment policy may be banned from further commenting on this website.
Whether a page or post is open to comments is in the sole discretion of CLP. CLP reserves the right, without notice, to pre-approve, edit or delete any comments for any reason.
A posted comment should not be deemed to have been approved or endorsed by CLP, and CLP takes no responsibility for the content of a posted comment. If you believe a posted comment is defamatory to you or others, constitutes speech not protected under law, or is in violation of this comment policy, you are encouraged to contact CLP in the manner provided for on this page to express your concern.
This comment policy is subject to change at any time, with or without notice to the users of the website.
Jurisdiction and Governing Laws in Case of Dispute
Attempt to Resolve Disputes.
If any controversy, allegation, or claim arises out of or relates to this website, its content, or these terms, whether heretofore or hereafter arising (collectively, “ Dispute”), then you and we agree to send a written notice to the other providing a reasonable description of the Dispute, along with a proposed resolution of it. Our notice to you will be sent to you based on the most recent contact information that you provide us. But if no such information exists or if such information is not current, then we have no obligation under this Section 10(A). Your notice to us must be sent to: Cooper Law Partners, 1717 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1025, Washington, DC 20006, Attn: Legal Dept. For a period of sixty (60) days from the date of receipt of notice from the other party, CLP and you will engage in a dialogue in order to attempt to resolve the Dispute, though nothing will require either you or the Firm to resolve the Dispute on terms with respect to which you and CLP, in each of our sole discretion, are not comfortable.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
All Disputes which cannot be resolved amicably by the parties shall be determined by final and binding arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association – AAA in accordance with its Commercial Arbitration Rules based upon the following:
The place of arbitration shall be Washington, D.C. and the language of arbitration shall be English.
The number of arbitrators shall be one (1), to be appointed by mutual agreement of the parties. If the parties fail to agree on the appointment of the sole arbitrator, a panel of three (3) arbitrators shall be formed. Each party shall appoint one (1) arbitrator and such party-appointed arbitrator shall jointly designate the presiding arbitrator. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the parties, one shall only be eligible for nomination as the presiding arbitrator if he/she has extensive familiarity with the laws of the District of Columbia.
The parties grant the arbitrator(s) jurisdiction to rule on the arbitrability of the dispute and on repose, statute of limitations or any other time-barrier raised by either party.
The arbitral award shall indicate a time-limit for voluntary compliance by the defaulting party, and shall set a daily fee and post-award interests to accrue thereafter against the non-compliant party.
Either party may seek interim, conservatory, security and emergency measures of protection, and injunctive relief in any court of competent jurisdiction in support of arbitration (urgent relief). THE PARTIES WAIVE THE RIGHT OF JURY TRIAL, IF APPLICABLE; AND FURTHER WAIVE ANY RIGHT THAT IT MAY HAVE TO ASSERT THE DEFENSE OF FORUM NON-CONVENIENS IN ANY SUCH SUIT IN SUPPORT OF ARBITRATION.