Keith E. Cooper, Esq. is an entertainment attorney based in Los Angeles. Mr. Cooper’s practice specializes in motion picture & television law, copyright law, trademark law, Internet law, corporate law, and business entity formation. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School, one of the nation’s top law schools, and is licensed to practice in California and the District of Columbia. Mr. Cooper is a sought-after speaker on film law issues, and is featured in Cekent Concepts’ video/book DVD seminar series, “What Every Filmmaker Needs to Know About the Law.”
Before opening his own practice, Mr. Cooper worked in the Intellectual Property department of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation and at the entertainment boutique firm, Barab, Kline & Coate, LLP, where he represented major independent motion picture production companies, including Millennium Films, Nu Image, Franchise Films, Phoenician Films, Ministry of Film, GeneraXion Entertainment, Filmtown Entertainment, AMCO Entertainment, Moonstone Entertainment, Fries Entertainment, and many others.
As a law student, Mr. Cooper was awarded First Prize in the ASCAP Nathan Burkan Writing Competition in Copyright Law for his article on the Architectural Copyright Act. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Cooper has been certified as a mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Courts, California Lawyers for the Arts, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. (and served on its Board of Directors). He served as an editorial board member of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine, a judge for the National Entertainment Law Moot Court, and a panelist for the Kodak/American Pavilion L.A. Intensive for young filmmakers.
Mr. Cooper has worked in many creative areas of the entertainment industry, including writing, lighting, sound, cinematography, directing, acting, and producing. As an attorney, he has drawn on his theater, film, and music education and experience to advise clients on more than 50 films and television programs distributed by such companies as Paramount Pictures, Miramax, HBO, Showtime, Twentieth Century Fox, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, MTV, and others, including . . .
‘BOBBY’ – Golden Globe Best Picture nominee and Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song (directed by Emilio Estevez; with Anthony Hopkins, Lindsay Lohan, Elijah Wood, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Christian Slater, William H. Macy, Helen Hunt, and Martin Sheen)
‘BETTER LUCK TOMORROW’ (directed by Justin Lin)
‘PROZAC NATION’ (with Cristina Ricci, Anne Heche, Jason Biggs, and Jessica Lange)
‘HOW TO KILL YOUR NEIGHBOR’S DOG’ (with Kenneth Branagh, Robin Wright Penn, and Lynn Redgrave)
‘GUINEVERE’ (with Stephen Rea, Jean Smart, and Sarah Polley)
‘NOBODY’S BABY’ (with Skeet Ulrich and Gary Oldman)
‘FOREVER LULU’ (with Melanie Griffith, Patrick Swayze, and Penelope Ann Miller)
For a sampling of Keith E. Cooper’s completed films, visit the Internet Movie Database.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Cooper graduated from the prestigious University of Missouri School of Journalism and worked as a radio, television, and newspaper journalist early in his career. While at the University of Missouri, he also earned a separate undergraduate degree in theater from the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, won several awards, and was inducted into the Purple Mask Dramatics Honorary Society. He was contest coordinator for UMC’s first nationwide Short Playwriting Contest, and supervised productions of the winning plays.
After earning a Master’s degree in Theater (with a Directing emphasis) from Adelphi University, Mr. Cooper worked in the New York theater for several years as an actor, dancer, singer, and director, studied composition at The Juilliard School and filmmaking at New York University.
After completing film school, Mr. Cooper ran the New York office of a major independent motion picture production company, later setting up his own production company. As a motion picture production executive, Keith Cooper was associated with a number of theatrical feature films starring such actors as Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Jeremy Irons, Anthony Hopkins, Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken, and James Spader. Films completed during his tenure include . . .
‘A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL’ (written by Alan Ayckbourn, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jeremy Irons)
‘HOMEBOY’ (starring Mickey Rourke and Christopher Walken, with a score by Eric Clapton)
‘THE BLOB’ (starring Kevin Dillon and Shawnee Smith, directed by Chuck Russell)
‘JACK’S BACK’ (starring James Spader and Cynthia Gibb)
‘SONS’ (starring William Forsythe, D.B. Sweeney, Jennifer Beals and the legendary director Sam Fuller)