R. Cooper Shattuck

General Counsel



Cooper Shattuck serves as General Counsel for The University of Alabama System. In that capacity, he 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 serves on the Chancellor’s Senior Staff and as the Board Secretary during the vacancy of that office. Prior to joining the Office of Counsel, Cooper was the Chief Legal Advisor for the Governor of Alabama and was in private practice in Tuscaloosa.

Cooper presently serves as an at-large Bar Commissioner and on the Executive Council for the Alabama State Bar. He has served the Alabama State Bar in numerous other capacities, including twice as Vice President, three terms on the Executive Council, and he currently serves on the following committees and task forces: Disciplinary Commission, Finance and Audit Committee, Governmental Ethics Task Force, Governmental Liaison Committee, Local Bar Task Force, Long Range Strategic Plan Task Force, Personnel and Bar Operations Oversight Committee, Succession Planning Task Force (Co-Chair), and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. He formerly served as a Bar Commissioner for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. Cooper is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and a past president of the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association.

Cooper is a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation; a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; a member of the Executive Committee of The University of Alabama Law School Foundation Board of Directors; 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 Board of Trustees of the Farrah Law Alumni Society; 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 chaired the Executive Committee of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council. He was Special Counsel to the Governor with respect to matters relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Cooper is an adjunct faculty member at The University of Alabama School of Law, and has taught classes on the BP Oil Spill, 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 is currently Chair of the Steering Committee for Leadership Tuscaloosa.

Cooper earned his B.S. degree 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 president of the Student Farrah Law Society.