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A. Allister Cooper

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My passion for family law comes from a strong desire to help others. Although I have not experienced divorce personally, I have supported, encouraged and counseled friends, family, and clients through the process. No one plans to need a family law attorney, but when the need arises, I am grateful for the opportunity to both educate and empower my clients with the information they need to make the right decisions for themselves and their families. I take great pride in being not just a zealous advocate but a compassionate counselor to my clients.

While in law school, I developed a love for litigation. I was a student attorney in the Family Advocacy Clinic, where I served the Mecklenburg County community, representing indigent parents in hearings. I assisted some of those parents in regaining custody of their children. I was also a member of the Trial Advocacy Honor Board and The Black Law Students Association Mock Trial Team. Through my participation, I had the opportunity to compete nationally in several mock trial competitions and received awards for my advocacy skills. Although litigation is not the answer for every client, should it be necessary, I am confident in my ability to represent my clients.

Those who know me describe me as assertive, candid and outspoken. I’ve always felt that no task was too big and no challenge too great, as long as I approach it with the right attitude. These qualities serve my clients well both inside and outside of the courtroom. I put a special emphasis on listening and communicating with my clients, which ensures they know what is happening with their cases every step of the way.

My parents were the firsts in their families to earn college degrees. My mother is the seventh of eight children and comes from a family of sharecroppers in Roxboro, NC. My father is one of ten children born to a single mother in urban Portsmouth, VA.They met while attending North Carolina Central University, married a few years after graduating, and have been married for 35 years.

I consider myself the middle of three children. My twin sister, who was born first, is an Assistant District Attorney in Durham County and my younger sister, designs HVAC and plumbing systems as an Assistant Engineer. At a very early age, my parents instilled in us the importance of compassion, kindness, and respect. They taught us that things will not always go as planned, but to persevere, keep a positive attitude, and a level head. Over the years these lessons have been instrumental in proving that we could overcome any circumstance.

When I am not helping clients or spending time with my family, I love spoiling my chihuahua mix, Esquire. I also enjoy volunteering in Durham and surrounding communities and I am always looking for the latest hair and makeup trends.

Memberships & Affiliations
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Durham County Bar Association
  • George H. White Bar Association
  • Lawyer on the Line Volunteer, Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Union Baptist Church, Durham, NC
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Education
  • J.D., Charlotte School of Law
    • Associate Justice, Trial Advocacy Honor Board
    • Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
    • Coach/Competitor, BLSA Mock Trial Team
  • B.S. Business Administration, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro