• PRACTICE FOCUS+
  • EDUCATION+
    • University of Alabama
      J.D., 1970
    • University of Mississippi
      B.A., 1966
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Alabama
    • The Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribal Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
    • U.S. Supreme Court
  • CLERKSHIP+

Cooper C. Thurber

Senior Partner

Mobile

Cooper Thurber practices in the area of commercial litigation. His practice concentrates in civil litigation, including product and professional liability, insurance coverage, bad faith, trucking, toxic tort, premises liability and banking law. He represents businesses and insurers in significant commercial and tort litigation. Clients have included insurers, banks, manufacturers, universities, lawyers, judges and developers. Mr. Thurber has worked with insurance carriers as both coverage and extra contractual counsel for the past 40 years. He has defended commercial carriers in bad faith, fraud and breach of contract matters in courts throughout Alabama both state and local. He has put on numerous seminars for carriers on avoiding bad faith in Alabama under the L.& S. Roofing doctrine.

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Cooper Thurber practices in the area of commercial litigation. His practice concentrates in civil litigation, including product and professional liability, insurance coverage, bad faith, trucking, toxic tort, premises liability and banking law. He represents businesses and insurers in significant commercial and tort litigation. Clients have included insurers, banks, manufacturers, universities, lawyers, judges and developers. Mr. Thurber has worked with insurance carriers as both coverage and extra contractual counsel for the past 40 years. He has defended commercial carriers in bad faith, fraud and breach of contract matters in courts throughout Alabama both state and local. He has put on numerous seminars for carriers on avoiding bad faith in Alabama under the L.& S. Roofing doctrine.

Mr. Thurber was with Lyons, Pipes & Cook in Mobile before the firm joined Phelps Dunbar.

Experience

  • Represented Chinese company in acquisition of U.S. manufacturing company.
  • Successfully defended U.K. manufacturing company in 47 toxic tort cases involving carbon disulfide poisoning.
  • Defended products liability cases throughout the State of Alabama, including chainsaws, after market pick-up truck performance enhancers, hair curlers, motor vehicle glazing, rocket launchers, football/racing helmets and many other products.
  • Successfully defended national grocery store chain in nationwide class action involving out-of-date food products.
  • Represented U.K. manufacturing company during plant closure and transfer of property to Mobile County in Greenfield State.
  • Defended numerous insurers in bad faith, extra contractual suits.
  • Successfully defended rayon manufacturer in suit arising from airborne emission claiming injury to livestock on adjoining farmland.

Insights

Publications
  • Author, Basic Legal Skills, Ethics of Advocacy and Attorney Fees (1993)
Speaking Engagements
  • Speaks on a variety of topics at CLE seminars
News

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Alabama State Bar
  • Mobile Bar Association (Former President)
  • The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (Chairman, Admissions Committee)
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Vice President, 2013; President, 2015)
  • American Judicature Society
  • Fellow, Alabama Law Foundation
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents
  • Mobile Chamber of Commerce (Board of Advisors, 1995-2014)
  • Downtown Mobile District Management Corporation (Board of Directors, 2006-present; President, 2009; President Emeritus, 2010-present)
  • Downtown Mobile Alliance, Inc. (Board of Directors, 2006-present; President, 2009; President Emeritus, 2010-present)
  • Judicial Study Commission’s Subcommittee on Judicial Discipline, appointed by Chief Justice Alabama Supreme Court
  • U. S. District Court Magistrate Selection Committee of the Southern District of Alabama (1999-2005)
  • Civil Justice Reform Act Committee (1995-2005)
  • Federal Defender Organization (Board of Directors, 1994-2000)
  • Mobile County Solid Waste Authority (Chairman, 2015-present)

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America©Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (Top 10 in Alabama:  2012-2013; Top 50 in Alabama: 2009-2016)
  • Who’s Who in American Law