Dixie Cooper


  • Ms. Cooper is one of the most respected trial lawyers in Tennessee. Ms. Cooper has been actively defending health care providers in state court and federal litigation for more than 25 years. She has focused for much of her career on representing individual physicians in all types of malpractice actions, from complex birth injury cases to surgical complication cases to failures to diagnose. She also has a busy practice representing hospitals across the state of Tennessee in difficult, complex health care liability cases. She has taken dozens of difficult cases to trial in counties all across Tennessee. Ms. Cooper has been recognized by numerous publications, including Best Lawyers in America, SuperLawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell. She is also active in community activities like the Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women.

Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Hospital Negligence
  • Personal Injury Litigation


  • University of South Alabama, B.A., 1984
  • University of Alabama, J.D., 1987
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Member, Trial Advocacy Board

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1987
  • Texas, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1990
  • South Carolina, 1991
  • Tennessee, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Tennessee
  • United State Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2005
  • United States Supreme Court, 2009


  • Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women
  • Lawyers Association for Women

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers of America (Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants), 2010-present
  • Tennessee Super Lawyers Mid-South, 2010-present
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV preeminent rating, 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Registry of Preeminent Women Lawyers , 2012
  • Top Rated Lawyers in Litigation, ALM Legal Leaders, 2014

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Harry Phillips Inns of Court
  • Board of Directors of Law School Foundation & Trustees of the Farrah Law Alumni Society, University of Alabama, School of Law

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