Mary Quinn Cooper honored with 2012 Leadership in Law Award

May 1, 2012

McAfee & Taft trial lawyer Mary Quinn Cooper is among the recipients of the 2012 Leadership in Law Award presented by The Journal Record. She was among 21 legal professionals honored during the Law Day luncheon on May 1, 2012, at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City, in recognition of their leadership, contributions and achievements both in their community and the legal profession.

Nominations were solicited and accepted statewide — membership in the Oklahoma County Bar Association is not required. Winners were selected by a panel of business and legal professionals.

Mary Quinn Cooper is a nationally recognized and highly regarded trial lawyer who serves as national trial counsel for major corporations and defends products liability claims and class actions across the country. For the last 25 years she has represented Ford Motor Company and General Motors nationally in challenging cases with high exposure. Mary has also tried cases for various other manufacturers and Fortune 500 companies and has defended clients in professional malpractice matters.

In addition to being a frequent speaker locally and nationally on trial practice issues, Mary chairs the admissions and grievances committee of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma and is an appointed member of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Tribunal, a panel whose function is to conduct hearings on formal complaints filed against lawyers and on applications for reinstatement to the practice of law in the State of Oklahoma. She also received a mayoral appointment to serve as a civil service commissioner.

Active in the community, Mary currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the University of Tulsa College of Law and on the board of the St. Philip Neri Catholic Newman Center on the University of Tulsa campus. She also volunteers for Christ the King Catholic Church and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Mary previously served as chairman of the Bishop Kelley High School Advisory Council and chaired the Bishop Kelley Annual Fund Drive, Bishop Kelley Auction, and Saint Francis of Assisi Tuition Assistance Fund Gala. She also chaired the inaugural Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Gala, which broke records for the amount of money raised for a first-time event. In 2009, Mary was awarded the Association of Fundraising Professional’s “Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser” award.

Prior to joining McAfee & Taft, Mary was a partner with Tulsa-based Eldridge Cooper Steichen & Leach, a corporate law firm she co-founded in 2002.