Jeffrey B Coopersmith



San Francisco

Jeffrey B. Coopersmith is a veteran trial lawyer with a Pacific Northwest, California, and national practice focusing on civil and criminal matters, internal investigations for private and public entities, and complex commercial litigation.

Jeff graduated first in his law school class and served eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney, during that time handling some of the largest and most challenging white collar criminal cases in the Western District of Washington. He received several awards for his work as a federal prosecutor, including the inaugural Thomas C. Wales award, the highest honor in the office. In private practice, Jeff has substantial experience as lead counsel representing companies and individuals in connection with investigations, and criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement proceedings, in the areas of healthcare, securities, insurance, FCPA, antitrust, tax, banking, legal ethics and others. Jeff's internal investigation work has involved representation of Board committees, companies, municipalities and corporate officers. Jeff also teaches and writes extensively on these and other topics relating to government controversies and investigations.

The complex matters Jeff handles often involve parallel criminal, civil, and/or regulatory proceedings, which requires multi-disciplinary sophistication. Jeff uses his background in both criminal and civil litigation to benefit our clients by providing comprehensive representation in these matters. For example, Jeff has handled cases arising out of the 2008 financial crisis, the stock options backdating scandal, and the government’s focus on healthcare fraud, among many others.

Jeff believes his job is to help clients solve difficult legal problems in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible. As a testament to this commitment, he has been repeatedly recognized as one of Washington’s leading litigators by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers, among others. Chambers USA ranks Jeff in Band 1 for his white-collar crime and government investigations work and notes he is "highly regarded for his expert representation of both businesses and individuals in government and internal investigations." (2022)

  • Background

    • Faculty, Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques, Emory University Law School, 2010-present
    • Partner, DLA Piper, Seattle, 2005-2012
    • Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington, Seattle, 1997-2005 Associate, Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C., 1991-1997
    • Law Clerk, The Honorable R. Lanier Anderson III, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1990-1991