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PaTLA publishes new book on civil trial litigation


The Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (PaTLA), a recognized leader in legal education and noted trial attorney Thomas L. Cooper of Pittsburgh have collaborated on a new book on civil trial proceedings, Pennsylvania Civil Trials: Law, Tactics & Forms. This important resource covers every aspect of civil trial litigation and includes many valuable forms. A bonus CD-ROM containing all of the forms in a fully searchable electronic format is included.

Pennsylvania Civil Trials: Law, Tactics & Forms contains more than 200 pages of expert commentary with hundreds of practical tips from initial client interview to closing argument. The book also features an appendix with over 80 pages of high-quality forms including check lists, sample interrogatories, and requests. The bonus CD-ROM of forms gives users the capability of printing forms from their desktop and copying and pasting text of forms into their word processing documents.

Pennsylvania Civil Trials: Law, Tactics & Forms is an A to Z resource that will benefit trial lawyers at every level of experience. New trial lawyers will learn from the practical tips and key principles; experienced trial lawyers will find the book useful as a reference aid.

Pennsylvania Civil Trials: Law, Tactics & Forms was written by Thomas L. Cooper, of Pittsburgh, a masterly litigator with 38 years of trial experience and a teacher of trial advocacy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Mr. Cooper is a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, and of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was Article Editor of the Law Review. Since 1986, he has been an adjunct professor teaching trial tactics at The University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He was a partner in the law firm of McArdle, Harrington, Feeney & McLaughlin, from 1962 to 1969. In 1969, he started his own law firm in Pittsburgh, currently named Gilardi, Cooper & Lomupo. It specializes in general trial work and labor law, representing numerous labor organizations.

He served as President of The Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County in 1982, and in 1999, was awarded The Judge Joseph Weis Distinguished Service Award, its highest award, for service to the trial bar.

He was elected President of The Allegheny County Bar Association in 1984, having previously served as Chairman of its Civil Litigation Section. In 1991, he was elected President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. In 1994, he was awarded the Pennsylvania Bar Medal for outstanding service to the legal profession, the PBA's highest award, with only four previous honorees. He has also received the PBA's President's Award, in 1997, and its Special Recognition Award, in 1999. He has served as a delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, and served two separate terms on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyer's Association. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation.

He is a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers, and has been its Pennsylvania State Committee person. He is a member of The American Board of Trial Advocacy, and of The American Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Cooper has been appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve on its Civil Procedural Rules Committee and its Computerization of The Courts Committee, and was an original member of its Continuing Legal Education Board. He was also appointed to its Judicial Campaign Finance Reform Committee, to investigate revision of the current system of financing judicial elections. He chaired The Third Circuit Judicial Conference in 1984, and is currently Co-Chair of The PBA's Council on Judicial Independence.

Mr. Cooper has appeared in every issue of Best Lawyers in America, and in Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in American Law. He has written numerous articles for legal publications, and is a frequent speaker at bar association meetings and seminars.

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