Miles B. Cooper

Miles B. Cooper

Miles B. Cooper is a partner at Coopers LLP, where they help the seriously injured, people grieving the loss of loved ones, preventable disaster victims, and all bicyclists. Miles also consults on trial matters and associates in as trial counsel. He has served as lead counsel, co-counsel, second seat, and schlepper over his career, and is an American Board of Trial Advocates member.


Articles written by this author:

What the camera doesn’t show

The sub rosa camera can be made to lie and you can expose it

Miles B. Cooper

2011 June

Second chair is much more than second fiddle

Never a second’s hesitation – the role of the second seat in trial is to be present and anticipate

Miles B. Cooper

2011 July

Directing the direct when your witness is not an expert

Curiosity on direct examination can be the key to revealing the Perry Mason moment in a trial

Miles B. Cooper

2011 August

Settlement talks – It’s not over until the foreperson sings

Settlement talks can be as effective at the end of a trial as at the beginning

Miles B. Cooper

2011 September

Help! I need somebody

Avoid the slippery slope. Keep your ego out of the equation, and call someone who has the expertise you don’t!

Miles B. Cooper

2011 October

The pincer move

With more than one defendant at trial, the enemy of your enemy might be your friend

Miles B. Cooper

2011 November

On legal writing: Hemingway, not Faulkner

Brevity is not only the soul of wit, but the crux of the pleading

Miles B. Cooper

2011 December

Perception is reality

Social networking has changed the rules of the game. Your goal is to make sure your footprint is uniform and positive and consistent with how you present in real life

Miles B. Cooper

2012 January

The “cross whisperer”

Leading a jury to verdict and a horse to water have a lot in common

Miles B. Cooper

2012 February

The way of the Jedi lawyer

Take a lesson from the Jedi as the Zen warrior: Embrace the fear

Miles B. Cooper

2012 April

An ounce of protection

A small investment can yield a large benefit

Miles B. Cooper

2012 June

I feel your pain

Walk in your client’s shoes — the Gerry Spence method taken over the top

Miles B. Cooper

2012 July

I dialed 911 a long time ago

Ways to avoid the compromise defense verdict

Miles B. Cooper

2012 August

Show and tell

Up until trial, the adjuster and defense lawyer are your jurors

Miles B. Cooper

2012 September

Help them keep their settlement

A sudden, large cash settlement can disappear just as suddenly without proper planning

Miles B. Cooper

2012 October

Metadata as blessing and burden

The document speaks for itself (but does it say too much?)

Miles B. Cooper

2012 December

Department Zero Dark Thirty

U.S. Special Ops teams take on numerically superior opponents with planning, speed and decisiveness

Miles B. Cooper

2013 January

Very superstitious

Good or bad, our superstitions and “spidey-senses” give us confidence

Miles B. Cooper

2013 February

An expert is born

Expertise must be accompanied by the ability to communicate it at trial

Miles B. Cooper

2013 March

The people on the bus

Taking the bus, train or public transit buys you time to concentrate on the case.

Miles B. Cooper

2013 April

With case-management software, it’s all relative

Your life revolves around your cases. So should your case-management software

Miles B. Cooper

2013 May

Make them an offer they can refuse (in bad faith)

Open up the policy limits and collect it all from the insurance company

Miles B. Cooper

2013 June

The map is not the territory

Why it is so very important that you personally go to the accident scene

Miles B. Cooper

2013 July

The ministry of culture

Staying current with pop culture may help with your jury… and at cocktail parties

Miles B. Cooper

2013 August

A death in the family

Caring for your clients – the blessings and the burdens

Miles B. Cooper

2013 September

The code war

The ICD and why you should care about a big change on the horizon

Miles B. Cooper

2013 October

Land wars in Asia

Discovery Battles – the most classic of blunders

Miles B. Cooper

2013 November

All in the family

“Can you help me with a quick legal question?”

Miles B. Cooper

2013 December


How to effect a successful PI practice transition

Miles B. Cooper

2014 January

Order out of chaos

The strategy and skills behind witness order and scheduling at trial

Miles B. Cooper

2014 February

“Deserve’s got nothing to do with it”

Helping clients understand that what they need is not the same as what their cases are worth

Miles B. Cooper

2014 April

One day, one trial

Expedited jury trials – an underutilized tool in minor injury auto cases

Miles B. Cooper

2014 May

Naming rights

Finding and naming the proper entities in a premises case

Miles B. Cooper

2014 June

No more bike or pedestrian cases? Where do I sign up?

Vision Zero and the idea that we can do a better job for everyone on our streets by reducing fatalities and injuries

Miles B. Cooper

2014 July

Important to us, important for your clients

As more of us rely less upon cars for getting around town, the safety of cyclists and pedestrians becomes more of an issue

Maryanne B. Cooper
Miles B. Cooper

2014 July

Chance favors the prepared

Making the Expedited Jury Trial (EJT) work requires cooperation from both sides of the aisle

Miles B. Cooper

2014 August

Under pressure

Managing back-to-back-to-back trials as a small firm-practitioner

Miles B. Cooper

2014 September

Read it and weep

Inadvertent disclosure of privileged documents during discovery

Miles B. Cooper

2014 October

Duty calls

Jury service – a learning opportunity

Miles B. Cooper

2014 November

Anatomically correct

Teaching anatomy and injury to jurors

Miles B. Cooper

2014 December

A child’s eyes

Identify the issues and refocus your case to highlight the story that a jury will understand

Miles B. Cooper

2015 January

The right cross

An effective cross needs visuals, and visuals demand reliable technology

Miles B. Cooper

2015 February

The Tweet’s the thing…

Helping clients who are too social on social media

Miles B. Cooper

2015 April


Reasons we must litigate more “Minor Impact Soft Tissue” cases, but choose carefully.

Miles B. Cooper

2015 May

A lawyer for all seasons

Successful lawyering requires many different skills – and others who complement your strong suit

Miles B. Cooper

2015 June

Relax, I’m a professional

Understanding bicycling experts’ biases in the context of urban riding’s evolution

Miles B. Cooper

2015 July

Sudden emergency

Handling illness, injury, or time away from your practice

Miles B. Cooper

2015 August

The exhibit’s the thing

A practical guide to organizing your exhibits

Miles B. Cooper

2015 October

Have laptop – will travel

Using technology to maximize untethered productivity

Miles B. Cooper

2015 November

I got 99 bottles but a beer ain’t one

Sometimes our clients’ stories help us find ourselves

Miles B. Cooper

2015 December

Not on the Roster

Traps for the unwary in government-claim land and the Roster of Public Agencies

Miles B. Cooper

2016 January

So this is what the courthouse looks like

Get the lay of the land well before trial call

Miles B. Cooper

2016 February

Treat them right

The joys and pitfalls of treating doctors

Miles B. Cooper

2014 March

Rationally irrational

How rational case decisions can lead to irrational outcomes

Miles B. Cooper

2016 March

The price of admission

The Business Records Exception

Miles B. Cooper

2012 March

A brief word...

Crafting language for maximum effect

Miles B. Cooper

2016 April

Compensation for help around the house

The last thing an injured person can afford is a housekeeper

Miles B. Cooper

2012 May

I’ve got a CACI jones

Using jury instructions for more than just instructing juries

Miles B. Cooper

2016 May

Don’t throw me in the briar patch!

Opposing summary judgment helps ready a case for trial

Miles B. Cooper

2016 June

The road more traveled

Shifting the driver-centric focus in disputed-liability bike and pedestrian cases

Miles B. Cooper

2016 July

Pick a winner

The right mediator makes the process go so much smoother

Miles B. Cooper

2016 August

That’s not our policy

Lessons learned from the bad-faith front lines

Miles B. Cooper

2016 September

Pave the planet

Dangerous road surfaces and notice against governmental entities

Miles B. Cooper

2016 November

The Stoic

Opening yourself to outcome

Miles B. Cooper

2016 December

Out of character

Cameo witnesses and their importance in describing the impact of an injury

Miles B. Cooper

2017 January

A minor compromise

A minor compromise

Where the funds go when resolving a minor’s claim (minor's compromise) requires due consideration

Miles B. Cooper

2017 February


Inexperienced, opposing counsel requires special consideration

Miles B. Cooper

2017 March

Okay, now cough

Preparing for and attending the defense medical exam

Miles B. Cooper

2017 April

Selection criteria

The mechanics of jury selection

Miles B. Cooper

2017 May

The prepared witness

The best trial testimony comes from a prepared witness

Miles B. Cooper


Ride sharing and Strava

There’s a social-media world you need to know about

Miles B. Cooper

2017 July

Mediator, go work your magic

Mediators need our help to settle cases successfully

Miles B. Cooper

2017 August

A brush with death

UIM may be the best insurance anyone can buy; but pay attention to the details

Miles B. Cooper

2017 September


Answering discovery helps one gain greater appreciation of the case

Miles B. Cooper

2017 October

It’s for my glaucoma…

Weeding through medical marijuana issues

Miles B. Cooper

2017 November

The man comes around

Life lessons in the law following a life lost

Miles B. Cooper

2017 December

The Watcher

Lawyers learn and improve by watching trials

Miles B. Cooper

2018 January

Party bus

Considerations when representing multiple plaintiffs in the same case

Miles B. Cooper

2018 February

Lawyers who lunch

Brainstorming cases and maintaining relationships

Miles B. Cooper

2018 March

I am not my smartphone

The world will not end if you reply a few hours later: Managing device interaction for a more productive, fulfilling life

Miles B. Cooper

2018 April

Decisions, decisions, decisions…

Deciding how to make decisions, and what decisions to make

Miles B. Cooper

2018 May

Complaint department

The art of crafting a complaint…and avoiding a demurrer

Miles B. Cooper

2018 June

Expert examination

Experts need to show, tell and teach. You need to empasize your expert’s objectivity and defuse the common defense attacks

Miles B. Cooper

2018 July

Staff privileges

Meet the staff who control the courtroom

Miles B. Cooper

2018 August

Wage war

Identifying and proving wage loss without a W-2

Miles B. Cooper

2018 September

Brain drain

Identifying and proving mild traumatic brain injury – when should you make a TBI claim?

Miles B. Cooper

2018 October

Take it to the limit

Overcoming the inherent challenges when negotiating policy limits cases

Miles B. Cooper

2018 November

How appealing

The trial lawyer and appellate lawyer’s delicate pas de deux

Miles B. Cooper

2018 December

Publish and perish

Preparing for the defense expert’s deposition

Miles B. Cooper

2019 January


The strategy, art, and irritation inherent to deposition objections

Miles B. Cooper

2019 February

That’s deep …

Balancing your “thinking work” with lawyering’s responsive requirements

Miles B. Cooper

2019 March

Personal jurisdiction

Lessons learned from a case with personal impact

Miles B. Cooper

2019 April

Questionnaire questioner

A handy “how to” for effective use of jury questionnaires. Details, details…

Miles B. Cooper

2019 May

First impressions

The initial contact with a potential client sets the tone

Miles B. Cooper

2019 June

Prime time

Mini-openings, neutral statements, and overselling in the name of primacy

Miles B. Cooper

2019 July

I am the business…

Maintaining the personal touch in personal injury through regular client contact

Miles B. Cooper

2019 August

Squared away

Clearing out that which accumulates in a law practice

Miles B. Cooper

2019 September

The verdict

Preparing and using the special verdict form in trial

Miles B. Cooper

2019 October

Pandora’s Box

Cramming down the demons that drive us differs from confronting them

Miles B. Cooper

2019 November

An important asset

Collecting damages when the defendant is underinsured

Miles B. Cooper

2019 December

The lion in winter

Law is a lifelong practice with distinct stages, each joyous for different reasons

Miles B. Cooper

2020 January

The Know Nothing Party

Taking depositions of the “persons most knowledgeable”

Miles B. Cooper

2020 February

Sure footing

Making good decisions when group dynamics are in play, as in the co-counsel world

Miles B. Cooper

2020 March

Don’t lose focus

Online focus groups can highlight case strengths and weaknesses, and at less cost than traditional focus groups

Miles B. Cooper

2020 April

Going viral

Get out of your pajamas and seize the opportunities presented by the pandemic to move cases along

Miles B. Cooper

2020 May

Enough Stuart Smalley

Nuts and bolts practice management during a pandemic

Miles B. Cooper

2020 June

Selective service

The pandemic and the jury trial: Are they contradictions in terms?

Miles B. Cooper

2020 July

Future shock

The future is not ours if we do nothing to safeguard it

Miles B. Cooper

2020 August

Strained relationships

Rapport building with clients, counsel, and co-workers in socially distant times

Miles B. Cooper

2020 September

Settle in

Mediations succeed when clients know what to expect before they go

Miles B. Cooper

2020 October

Admit nothing

Practical and tactical use of requests for admissions

Miles B. Cooper

2020 November


Settlement efforts before filing suit are worth the effort

Miles B. Cooper

2020 December

This is the end

Concluding client representation at the end of a case; make it worthwhile for you and your client

Miles B. Cooper

2021 January

Give me a break

Evaluating bicycle product-liability cases involving carbon-fiber parts

Miles B. Cooper

2021 February

Asking for a friend

Helping the addict in our midst take steps toward recovery

Miles B. Cooper

2021 March

Compensating for something

Pointers and pitfalls when a client is entitled to workers’ comp benefits

Miles B. Cooper

2021 April

Settle up

Getting the most out of a Mandatory Settlement Conference

Miles B. Cooper

2021 May

Discovery process

Developing and drafting discovery before filing suit

Miles B. Cooper

2021 June

When is a door not a door?

When it’s ajar! Strategies for prosecuting bicyclist dooring cases

Miles B. Cooper

2021 July

Production line

Strategic uses for requests for production

Miles B. Cooper

2021 August

Value proposition

Developing and using firm values to succeed in the business of law

Miles B. Cooper

2021 September

Let the sunshine in

Understanding and enforcing California Public Records Act requests

Miles B. Cooper

2021 October

Growth plan

Reaching your firm’s maximum potential with managed personal growth

Miles B. Cooper

2021 November

Motion to pass

Winning law and motion practice through focused communication

Miles B. Cooper

2021 December

Walking, fast and slow

Applying Nobel Prize-winning decision-making theories to trial practice

Miles B. Cooper

2022 January

Interrogation room

Using and responding to interrogatories

Miles B. Cooper

2022 February

To meet or not to meet

Good meetings take great effort

Miles B. Cooper

2022 April

Trial medicine

The challenges presented by shifting into trial warrior and back again

Miles B. Cooper

2022 May


Examining common liability issues presented by e-bike cases

Miles B. Cooper

2022 June


Planning and executing an effective firm retreat

Miles B. Cooper

2022 July

Road rage

Intentional acts, insurance/defendant friction, and creating collectability

Miles B. Cooper

2022 August

First dance

Making the best use of first-dance mediations

Miles B. Cooper

2022 September

Efficiency unit

Small changes can make big impacts in shortening a case’s duration

Miles B. Cooper

2022 October

Lien times

Evaluate healthcare liens at a case’s beginning, when you have the most leverage

Miles B. Cooper

2022 November

Work the room

An introvert’s guide to surviving and thriving at industry events

Miles B. Cooper

2022 December

Entirely impartial

An “on-shoulders-of-giants” primer on successful jury selection cause challenges

Miles B. Cooper

2023 January

Demanding times

Successful time-limited pre-filing demands after C.C.P. § 999’s arrival

Miles B. Cooper

2023 February

Managing expectations

Management for those of us who never knew we’d need to do it

Miles B. Cooper

2023 March

Boxing day

Making case closing an essential part of office hygiene

Miles B. Cooper

2023 April


Building your firm with the right people in the right seats

Miles B. Cooper

2023 May

Learner’s permit

Finding mentorship and the rewards that come through good mentoring

Miles B. Cooper

2023 June

Opening up

Creating and delivering compelling opening statements

Miles B. Cooper

2023 August

Jury research

Talk to jurors post-verdict to learn, improve, and evaluate the verdict

Miles B. Cooper

2023 September

The show must go on

Get the right audio-visual equipment to present successfully in the courtroom

Miles B. Cooper

2023 October

Joint and several mediation

Preparing for and mediating cases with multiple clients

Miles B. Cooper

2023 November

Show me what you got

Major California civil procedure changes bring mandatory disclosures (CCP § 2016)

Miles B. Cooper

2023 December

Exhibiting behavior

Nuts, bolts, and strategic considerations for trial exhibits

Miles B. Cooper

2024 January

As the dust settles

Conducting meaningful After-Action Reviews for constant improvement

Miles B. Cooper

2024 February

Allied powers

Effectively allying with female colleagues to foment change

Miles B. Cooper

2024 March

Argue your position

Preparing for and delivering motion practice oral argument

Miles B. Cooper