Hundreds of Years of Combined Legal Experience
The law firm of Cooper Levenson, P.A., established in 1957, is a full-service law firm with 75 attorneys and an extensive support staff.
In New Jersey, we maintain offices in Atlantic City and Cherry Hill. We also have offices in New York, New York, Wilmington, Delaware, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We are proud to serve a client base that spans the region and the globe - from individuals to corporations and companies of all sizes and types, even sovereign governments.
As a large, full-service firm, we have teams of attorneys that are able to focus their attention on numerous areas of practice while employing the full support, resources and experience of other departments of the firm. Learn more about our law firm's mission, our foundation of community service, our history and our lawyers' professional memberships.
Our Commitment to the Community
When this firm was founded in 1957, it was with a deep sense of commitment to the community, especially to those most in need. Our attorneys and staff members are always encouraged to seek ways in which they can make a difference, either individually or partnering with others.
We also make it a priority as a firm to spearhead and support initiatives designed to offer hope and assistance to the most vulnerable among us. The scope and specifics of our involvement range from taking leadership roles at the national level, to volunteering in civic and neighborhood settings, to supporting our troops in the field, to funding scholarships for aspiring students, to working in soup kitchens and delivering presents to disadvantaged children during the holidays.
Cooper Levenson provides our business and individual clients with an uncompromising commitment to exceptional legal services and a "client first" focus that has contributed to our success since 1957. The firm has experienced extensive growth and change over the last 60 years, but the cornerstones of our firm's foundation remain the same:
- Commitment to client service
- Corporate responsibility
- Dedication to community
Cooper Levenson was formed in 1957 with two attorneys. Since then, the firm has grown to 75 attorneys and a support staff of more than 100.
Cooper Levenson has always dominated the practice of gaming law on the East Coast, crafting legislation that enabled casinos to open in Atlantic City in the 1970s and representing most of the casino companies doing business in New Jersey. In 2007, the firm "went West" and launched its Nevada practice, adding a Las Vegas location to the offices in New Jersey and Delaware. In 2017, as the firm celebrates its 60th anniversary, the firm will open an office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Cooper Levenson has always held fast to our corporate philosophy of dedication to the community - and especially to the children - as the best way to ensure a strong future for our hometowns. We are honored to have received numerous awards for our community service efforts over the years:
- The firm was honored with commendations from the Atlantic County Freeholder Board, the New Jersey State Legislature.
- The Press of Atlantic City presented Cooper Levenson with the prestigious Bailey Award. This award is named after George Bailey of the holiday classic film "It's a Wonderful Life" because he played a significant role in making his community a better place to live. The honor is given to a single Southern New Jersey business for its community service efforts throughout the region.
- The Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association chose the firm as its very first STAR award recipient. These awards have, in a way, served as a 'raising of the bar' for all of us; in fact, our community service efforts are always expanding.
Through all of our extensive growth and change, the cornerstones of our firm's foundation remain the same: commitment to client service, corporate responsibility, and dedication to community.
We think Atlantic City Councilman-at-Large Mo Delgado said it best when bestowing on the firm the "Home Town Hero" award saying, "Among us are some special people who do extraordinary things to help others in Atlantic City, These everyday people don't look for accolades or benefit of any kind for doing what they do; it's just part of who they are."
When Jim Cooper founded this firm more than 60 years ago, his love for the law was matched by a deep sense of commitment to the community, especially to those most in need. With little fanfare but great effectiveness, he has spent the intervening 60 years investing his personal and professional resources in ways that have changed lives – and, by his example, inspired others to do the same.
The scope and specifics of our involvement range from taking leadership roles at the national level, to volunteering in civic and neighborhood settings, to supporting our troops in the field, to funding scholarships for aspiring students, to working in soup kitchens, leading a food distribution program for school kids who go without meals when school is not in session, to delivering presents to disadvantaged children during the holidays.
Community service is central to the history and future of this law firm, and we will continue to seek creative ways to offer the best of who we are to those we serve.
Our colleagues, friends and neighbors see us ALL the time, doing our part. See the partial list of organizations we serve below.
- American Cancer Society
- American Heart Association, Southern New Jersey Campaign
- American Red Cross Atlantic/Cumberland Chapter
- Arc of Atlantic County
- Association of Black Women Lawyers
- Atlantic Cape Community College, Board of Trustees
- Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation Board of Trustees
- Atlantic City Ballet, Board of Trustees
- Atlantic City Community Development Corp
- Atlantic City GLBT Alliance
- Atlantic City Marathon
- Atlantic City Rescue Mission
- Atlantic City Rotary Club
- Atlantic City Special Improvement District
- Atlantic County Advisory Commission on Women
- Atlantic County Builders Association
- Atlantic County Economic Development Advisory Commission
- AtlantiCare Foundation Board
- AtlantiCare Health System – Board Member
- AtlantiCare Young Professionals Committee
- Bay Atlantic Symphony, President of the Board of Trustees
- Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, Member of the Board
- Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, Champions of Youth Program
- Boy Scouts of America, Jersey Shore Council
- Business Network International, Atlantic City Chapter
- Cape May County Chamber of Commerce
- Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
- Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey
- Choose New Jersey
- Coalition for a Safe Community
- DARE America Worldwide, Board of Directors
- DARE New Jersey, Board of Directors
- Delaware Volunteer Legal Services
- Diocese of Trenton St. Thomas More Society – Member
- Free Library of Philadelphia
- Food Bank of Southern New Jersey “ACBA’s Rockin’ the Kitchen”
- Gilda’s Club South Jersey, Board of Directors
- Girl Scouts of the South Jersey Pines, “Girls in Law” Program
- Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce
- Greater Atlantic City Jaycees
- Hammonton High School Mock Trial Team
- Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition
- Historic Organ Restoration Committee – Board of Trustees
- Holy Spirit Mock Trial Team
- Jersey Shore Children’s Museum, Secretary and Member of the Board of Trustees
- Jewish Community Center, Atlantic County
- Jewish Community Relations Council
- Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May County
- Jewish Older Adult Services
- Let Us Eat, Please – a food distribution program for school children
- Lloyd D. Levenson Institute for Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism
- Main Street Atlantic City
- Medford Youth Athletic Association
- Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
- New Jersey Hall of Fame Foundation
- New Jersey State Opera, Board of Governors – Member
- NEWJOBS, New Jersey Organization for a Better State
- Philadelphia Animal Shelter
- Pitman Education Foundation
- Robins’ Nest
- Samuel A. Donio Foundation for Education
- Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Richard Stockton University, Executive Committee Member
- Seashore Gardens Living Center – Board of Directors
- Shore Medical Center Stainton Society – Committee Member
- SoPro – Founding member(s)
- South Jersey AIDS Alliance
- South Jersey Italian – American Heritage Association
- Southern New Jersey Development Council
- Special Olympics New Jersey
- St. Augustine Preparatory School Alumni Association – Member
- St. Thomas More Society, Diocese of Trenton
- Stockton University, Board of Trustees
- Stockton University, Foundation Board
- Stop the Violence Atlantic County – Board of Directors
- The Women’s Center
- United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, Greater Atlantic City Jaycees
- United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
- Urban League of Atlantic City
- Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition
- Young Leaders Alliance – Board Member
At Cooper Levenson, we believe our future rests in our collective ability to embrace change and encourage diversity through our leadership, employment, and continued community support.
The firm is a member of the New Jersey Law Firm Group, which is comprised of New Jersey Law firms, corporate legal departments, governmental agencies and public interest organizations that recognize the importance and advantages of diversity in not only serving the needs of clients but also in enhancing the legitimacy and public image of the legal profession. Each year, this organization provides a fellowship, a job fair, mentor programs and roundtable discussions at each of New Jersey's law schools to demystify the recruitment process and to encourage participation in the groups programs.
Committed to diversity issues since its very inception, firm founder James Cooper was a member of President Kennedy's Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, having litigated civil rights cases in Mississippi in 1966. One of our attorneys was selected as a Kellogg's Law Fellow for the NAACP Office of General Counsel, where she worked on national civil rights issues and participated in discussion panels throughout the country. We are proud to say that one of our attorneys was the first woman president of the Atlantic County Bar Association.
Cooper Levenson is proud of this commitment to diversity among its clients, its employees and its community support.
Summer Associate Program
Cooper Levenson offers paid summer associate positions to qualified law students who have completed their second year (day) or third year (evening) of law school. The program is eight weeks in our Atlantic City office.
Strong academic record and writing skills are required, and we will also consider extracurricular activities and community involvement in our hiring decision. Summer Associates receive assignments in as may practice areas as there is need, with the goal of providing a well-rounded experience. Our office is across the street from the Atlantic County Civil Courthouse, which provides opportunities to not only help attorneys prepare for hearings but also to observe court appearances. In addition, our Summer Associates have the opportunity to meet the attorneys who work in each practice group during weekly lunches, which allows a more in-depth discussion about each practice area.
Networking is important for attorneys, and we include Summer Associates in social events that take place in and around Atlantic City. Summering in Atlantic City has many perks: the beach and the boardwalk are steps away from the office, as are the casinos, restaurants, and other attractions that draw millions of people to Atlantic City each year to visit. However, Atlantic City is more than a tourist destination.
Working in this diverse city gives the Summer Associates insight into all that Atlantic City has to offer year round.
To apply please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Jennifer Barr, Esq. at firstname.lastname@example.org.