Richard A. Cooper

Richard A. Cooper: Attorney with Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC AV stamp icon
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Rick Cooper's areas of practice include estate and succession planning, federal and state taxation, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other aspects of employee benefits law, representation of entrepreneurs and close corporations, and general corporate matters.

Speaking engagements

•Presenter, seminar in estate planning and charitable giving, Greater Cleveland Food Bank (May 23, 2018)

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Trust
  • estate and gift planning
  • General corporate law
  • Partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Federal and state tax law
  • Corporate succession planning
  • Executive compensation and other employment arrangements
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Real estate purchase and lease agreements
  • Bank financing
  • Employee health care coverage - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
216-939-5369  Phone
(216) 621-7227  Phone
University Attended:
Ohio State University, B.A., Social Sciences, magna cum laude, 1974; Phi Beta Kappa, 1975
Law School Attended:
University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1977
Year of First Admission:
1977, Ohio

Professional and civic activities

•Member, Ohio State Bar Association , Probate and Trust Law sections
•Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
•Trustee, Trout Club of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
•President, Trout Club of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (2016-2018)
•Trustee and secretary, Fairhill Partners for Successful Aging - 501(c)(3)
•Trustee, Jimmie Lee Scholarship Foundation
•Treasurer, Ohio Council of Trout Unlimited (2001-2004)
•President, Emerald Necklace chapter of Trout Unlimited (2000-2003)
•President, Cleveland Athletic Club (1996-97)

Birth Information:
Columbus, Ohio, August 31, 1952
Reported Cases:
Representative Experience: Analysis and development of estate plans and lifetime gifting programs; Analysis and preparation of wills, trusts and powers of attorney; Organization of general and professional corporations; Analysis and development of corporate succession plans; Corporate and transactional tax planning; Organization of family limited partnerships and limited liability companies; Development and documentation of corporate structuring, restructuring, and financing transactions; Development and documentation of buy/sell arrangements; Development and documentation of employment arrangements, including deferred compensation arrangements and executive employment contracts; Planning, negotiation and documentation of mergers and acquisitions; Planning, negotiation and documentation of real estate purchase and lease transactions; Representation of borrowers in bank financing transactions
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

4.6/5.0 (1 review)
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