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From Trailer to Trailblazer

Atlanta, GA

Andrew Cooper began writing after migrating with his parents from a single-wide trailer in the deep south to a small island off the coast of Japan. Born in Walterboro, SC, Cooper’s journey to Okinawa would spark a life-long interest in humanity, technology, and the intersection of the two.


After receiving his doctorate from Emory University, Cooper joined the legal leadership teams of multiple Fortune 500 companies, rising in responsibility to General Counsel of UPS Airlines and serving on an executive staff responsible for overseeing billions in assets and over twenty thousand employees. Cooper would become the youngest and first African American to assume the role at America's largest cargo airline.


A patent inventor and lecturer, he settled in Roswell, Georgia, with his wife and daughter. The Ethical Imperative is his first published book.

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What the Critics Say About Andrew...

David Lee Cox

"Honestly, the world cannot have enough leaders like Andy. As a professional, he works hard to develop those around him. He is a avid mentor and supporter of others. He builds a diverse network and works to build bridges to connect and encourage people at every level. At the same time, his brain is constantly in seek of new knowledge and experiences to help his own growth. I have seen him enter a number of environments with high levels of uncertainty -- but brings to bear both his excellent business and legal mind and his tremendous heart. He is a brave and committed leader, who helps his teammates reach the best possible outcome. He is a special person who is both excellent at his work as well as a role model co-worker, father, and citizen."

David Lee

AVP, Cox Communications

"Andy is an out of the box attorney who thinks on a big picture -- yet detailed -- scale at the same time. He has come in and resolved opportunities that were long standing and essential to the brand with novel and practical solutions. I believe he is a huge asset to his company with this combination of complex legal handling coupled with the understanding of the real life impact and value for his assets. It is refreshing to work with Andy, a amazing lawyer who just 'gets it'."

Bina Palnitkar

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

Bina Palnitkar Texas Greenberg Traurig

"Andrew is an excellent lawyer and business leader. He has the skill and temperament to lead large teams and knows how to manage to budgets. I definitely look forward to seeing Andrew continue his fast rise whether in the legal or business community."

Jesse Camacho

Practus, LLP

What Peers Say...

Todd Benson Ascend
"A thoughtful and decent human being, Andrew is one of those rare lawyers equally comfortable with highly technical questions and broadly challenging big picture issues. He is not afraid of challenging questions and he willingly and engagingly works with everyone to find solutions, which he will typically synthesize and effectively implements in creative and satisfying ways. Among Andrew’s great strengths are his energy and sense of humor, which add an element of fun in every setting in which I have seen him. Rarely at a loss for encouraging words, Andrew is not naive. His combination of attributes makes him an excellent leader and a first-class colleague."

Todd Benson, Founder & Principal, Ascend Holdings

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Lead With Heart Before Charts.

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"Today, you need a different kind of executive. A more versatile leader."


  • Caldwell, Chloe with Andrew Cooper “How UPS Is Making A Difference in the Process of COVID-19 Vaccinations” Small Business Journal, January 25, 2021.

  • Cooper, Andrew C. “How Good Leaders Deliver Bad News,” UPS Longitudes, March 16, 2020.

  • Cooper, Andrew C. “Adapting for the Future: 5 Strategies for Successfully Incorporating Millennials,” UPS Longitudes, November 21, 2019.

  • Cooper, Andrew C. “Rise Above the Echo Chamber,” UPS Longitudes, June 2, 2019.

  • Cooper, Andrew C. “Is In-House Counsel A 'Competitive Decision-Maker?” Law360, May 30, 2014.  

  • Cooper, Andrew C. and Devaney, James B. “What We Learned About Patent Eligibility From Alice in 2014,” Patent, Copyright, and Trademark Journal, 89 PCJT 916, Bloomberg BNA, February 6, 2015.

  • Bart Eppenauer, Pat Lujin, & Andrew C. Cooper, Brief of Amicus Curiae for Intellectual Property Owners Association In Support of Neither Party in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l, No. 13-298 (certiorari granted Dec. 6, 2013), Counsel Press (2014).


  • Cooper, Andrew C. “IP Issues in Emerging Technologies: Artificial Intelligence, NFTs, Crypto Issues, and the Metaverse,” Practising Law Institute, New York, NY, Washington, D.C. January 4, 2023.

  • Cooper, Andrew C. “Employment Issues and the Aviation Industry,” Fox Rothschild Aviation Symposium. Washington, D.C. February 6, 2020; and also Cooper, Andrew C. “An Airplane Is Down: Emergency Response in the Pandemic Era” Washington, D.C. February 3, 2021.

  • Cooper, Andrew C. “Learning to Litigate, Navigate, and Communicate: The Aviation Lawyer’s Operating Handbook,” ABA TIPS Panel for General Counsels, Washington, D.C. October 24, 2019.

  • Cooper, Andrew C. “Negotiating, Preserving & Managing Your IP Rights in Your Vendor & Partner Agreements,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Atlanta, GA, September 19, 2016.

  • Cooper, Andrew C. and Devaney, James B. “Lessons from Alice,” Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, February 12, 2015.

  • Andrew C. Cooper, “On 35 USC § 101, Alice and Eligible Subject Matter,” Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P. Patent Academy, Kansas City, MO, October 14, 2014.


  • Emory University School of Law – Atlanta, GA. Doctor of Law, 2012 (Order of Barristers) Honors: Highest Honors in Property Law; Mock Trial & Moot Court; Law Scholarship Recipient Certification: Transactional Law and Skills

  • The George Washington University – Washington, D.C.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 2009 Honors: Dean’s List; GW Academic Scholarship Recipient (2005-2009); International Baccalaureate Scholar

  • Law Licensure: Admitted in Georgia, Missouri, and Kentucky


  • McKinsey Leadership Academy, McKinsey & Co., A capability-building program, to equip leaders with the capabilities, mindsets, behaviors, and network needed to achieve their professional aspirations. (May 2021)

  • Exercising Leadership, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. A certificated course exploring strategies for leading in a changing world with persistent adaptive challenges. It discusses new ways to approach complex organizational systems. (July – Sept. 2020)

  • Executive Perspectives, Goizueta School of Business, Emory University. Advanced training program for high potential UPS executives in analytics, team management, and innovation. (April 2018)


  • Board Director, Allied Security Trust, 2022 - present

  • Board Director, Leadership Louisville, 2019 - 2021

  • Board Director, Lincoln Foundation, 2018 - 2021

  • Advisory Board Member, The Veritas School, 2022 - present

  • Advisory Board Member, Page Turners Make Great Learners, 2018 - present

  • Advisory Board Member, Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project, 2018 - 2022


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