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Matthew C. Cooper

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.


Matthew Cooper is an Associate in our Denver office, where he prepares cases for litigation and counsels employers on a wide array of employment matters. Mr. Cooper's primary practice areas are workplace safety and health, whistleblower and discrimination complaints, and employment litigation. In this regard, Mr. Cooper counsels and represents employers on an extensive range of regulatory compliance issues associated with mining and general occupational safety and health law (MSHA and OSHA). This practice includes pointed guidance with respect to inspections, investigations, accidents and crisis management, as well as a specialized focus on successfully responding to and preventing discrimination and whistleblower complaints in all forms. Mr. Cooper also has an in-depth understanding of international relations and international law, which allows him to effectively help employers navigate the increasingly globalized workplace.




Mr. Cooper started his law career in Brussels, Belgium, where he earned a Master's degree in International Law and International Relations from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies. He then attended law school at the University of Denver, where he served as captain of the Jessup International Appellate team and as senior editor on the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy. Prior to joining Ogletree in 2011, Mr. Cooper served as a law clerk at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where he helped judges compose written judgments in genocide and war crimes cases. He also worked as an immigration law associate in Boulder, CO, assisting clients with naturalization issues, asylum claims, and employment-based visa applications. Most recently, Mr. Cooper was a trial attorney for the United States Department of Labor, where he litigated mine safety and health (MSHA) cases before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.


Mr. Cooper speaks French, Spanish, and German.