R. Cooper Shattuck

General Counsel

205-348-6763

cshattuck@uasystem.edu

Cooper Shattuck joined the Office of Counsel as General Counsel in 2012. As General Counsel, Cooper represents the Board of Trustees, affiliated entities and senior management in all legal matters and is responsible for the delivery of all legal services for the System, its three campuses and affiliated entities, including the retention and management of outside counsel. To fulfill these responsibilities, the General Counsel staffs, organizes and manages the Office of Counsel of The University of Alabama System, which is comprised of attorneys and support staff strategically located throughout the System. The General Counsel also serves on the Chancellor’s Senior Staff. Prior to joining the Office of Counsel, Cooper served as the Chief Legal Advisor for Governor Robert Bentley, and was in private practice in Tuscaloosa.

Cooper presently serves as an at-large Bar Commissioner for the Alabama State Bar. He has served the Alabama State Bar in numerous other capacities and continues to serve currently on the following committees and task forces: Court Funding Task Force; Digital Communication Standing Committee; Disciplinary Commission; Executive Council; Finance and Audit Committee; Government Liaison Committee; Local Bar Task Force; Personnel and Bar Operations Oversight Standing Committee; Pro Bono Public Service Committee; Raising Dues Task Force; Succession Planning Task Force; and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. Cooper is also a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and a past president of the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association. Prior to serving as Chief Legal Advisor to Governor Bentley, he served as a Bar Commissioner for the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

Cooper is a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation; a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; a member of the Board of Trustees of the Farrah Law Alumni Society; a member of the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution; a member of the Alabama Law Institute; and is listed on the Roster of the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution as a Mediator and Arbitrator. He has previously served on the Alabama Sentencing Commission and as a Neutral on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. While serving as Chief Legal Advisor, he served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council. He continues as Special Counsel to the Governor with respect to matters relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Cooper also currently serves as Chair of the Steering Committee for Leadership Tuscaloosa.

Cooper has served as adjunct faculty at The University of Alabama School of Law, having taught Alternative Dispute Resolution, Sales Law, and Negotiations. He has spoken at numerous continuing legal education seminars on topics including Trademarks and Intellectual Property, Environmental Law, Natural Resource Damage Assessment, Negotiations, Ethics, Mediation, Construction Law, and Law Office Management.

Cooper earned his B.S. in Economics from Georgia Tech in 1987 and his J.D. from The University of Alabama School of Law in 1990, where he was a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society and served as president of the Student Farrah Law Society.


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