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Cooper, Jonathan

Jonathan Cooper

Direct Tel: +1 202-538-8146, Direct Fax: +1 202-538-8100
Washington, D.C.
Tel: +1 202 538 8000 Fax: +1 202 538 8100

Jonathan Cooper is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s office in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses on complex and high-stakes commercial and government-related litigation at the trial and appellate levels.  He has successfully handled trial and appellate matters before numerous tribunals, including U.S. courts of appeals, U.S. district courts, state courts, federal administrative agencies, and international arbitration panels.  He has particular expertise in litigation involving the United States and its agencies.

Jon graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was the Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review and a member of the winning team in the Ames Moot Court Competition.

Before joining the firm in 2014, Jon clerked for Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and worked in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he briefed and argued numerous cases in federal courts across the country in defense of the constitutionality of federal statutes and the legality of agency actions.

  • In re EpiPen ERISA Litigation (D. Minn.) – Counsel to Express Scripts in putative class action litigation contending that pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) violated ERISA by allegedly causing health plan beneficiaries to pay more for EpiPen.
  • FDIC v. Bank of America, N.A. (D.D.C.) – Counsel to the FDIC in litigation against Bank of America alleging that the Bank owes the FDIC over $1 billion in unpaid assessments for deposit insurance.
  • United States Steel Corp.  v. United States (Fed. Cir. 2018) – Counsel to U.S. Steel in appeal concerning whether certain oil country tubular goods (OCTG) fabricated as unfinished OCTG in China and then finished in other countries before being imported to the United States were subject to antidumping and countervailing duties on OCTG from China.  We successfully appealed to the Federal Circuit and obtained a judgment vacating a contrary decision by the Court of International Trade.
  • Republic of Djibouti v. DP World (LCIA 2017) – Counsel to DP World in international arbitration concerning the concession agreement for the state-of-the-art container terminal at Doraleh, Djibouti.  Following a multi-week hearing, we obtained an award that dismissed all of the Republic of Djibouti’s claims against DP World (including its claims that DP World had obtained the concession agreement via bribery) and that allowed DP World’s counterclaims to proceed.
  • Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Kamala Harris (C.D. Cal. 2016) – Counsel to Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in litigation against the Attorney General of California alleging that the Attorney General’s demand for the list of the organization’s major nationwide donors violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Following a bench trial, we obtained a permanent injunction.
  • FBME v. U.S. Treasury Department (D.D.C. 2015) – Counsel to FBME Bank in litigation challenging on statutory, Administrative Procedure Act, and U.S. Constitutional grounds the U.S. Treasury Department’s designation of FBME as a “financial institution of primary money laundering concern” under Section 311 of the USA Patriot Act.  We obtained the first-ever preliminary injunction against the U.S. Treasury Department in this type of proceeding.
  • United States v. Joseph Sigelman (D.N.J. 2015) – Counsel to Joseph Sigelman, a successful American entrepreneur who founded and served as co-CEO of an oil services company called PetroTiger, in the highest profile Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) trial of recent years.  In what was described by the national media as a “striking victory for the defense,” the U.S. Department of Justice agreed in the middle of trial to drop all of the most serious charges against Mr. Sigelman, including those relating to substantive bribery, kickbacks, defrauding investors and money laundering and wire fraud, permitting Mr. Sigelman to receive no jail time and avoid the 20 years in prison prosecutors had sought.
  • Flowserve US Inc. v. ITT Corp. (N.D. Tex. 2015) – Counsel to ITT Corp. in litigation concerning alleged copyright and trade-secret misappropriation in Russia.  We obtained an order dismissing the case on forum non conveniens grounds.
  • Harvard Law School
  • (J.D., magna cum laude, 2009)
    • Harvard Law Review:
      • Managing Editor
    • Ames Moot Court Competition:
      • Winning Team
  • London School of Economics
  • (M.Sc. with distinction, 2006)
  • Harvard College
  • (A.B., cum laude, History, 2005)
  • The State Bar of Maryland
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Second Circuit
    • Fourth Circuit
    • Seventh Circuit
    • Ninth Circuit
    • District of Columbia Circuit
    • Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court:
    • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch:
    • Trial Attorney, 2010–2014
  • Law Clerk for Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2009-2010
  • Note, Central Bank & Intellectual Property, 123 Harv. L. Rev. 730 (2010)

  • Recent Case, C.B.C. Distribution & Marketing, Inc. v. Major League Baseball Advanced Media, L.P., 121 Harv. L. Rev. 1439 (2008)