Faculty Profile

Jeffrey Cooper

Jeffrey A. Cooper

Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development


AB, Harvard University
JD, Yale University
LLM, New York University
Areas of expertise

Estates and Trusts
Estate Planning
Tax Policy
Estate and Gift Tax
Taxation, Federal


Law Spring 2020

Financial Planning: Principles and Taxat

Law Spring 2020


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Jeffrey A. Cooper is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development. He teaches courses related to estate planning, wills and trusts, and related areas of taxation. He also serves as faculty adviser to the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal.

Before joining the faculty, Professor Cooper spent more than a decade practicing law, including as a principal of Cummings & Lockwood and as a senior officer of the United States Trust Company. He also served as a senior adviser to Fiduciary Trust Company International and is a special counsel to the law firm of Shipman & Goodwin.

He has written numerous articles about estate planning, probate and taxation. His articles have been published in law journals across the country, excerpted in prominent casebooks and treatises and reprinted both in the U.S. and abroad. He is an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and one of Quinnipiac University’s Faculty Scholars.

Jeffrey A. Cooper, Soldiers with Fortunes: Rethinking the Tax Treatment of Fallen Combatants, 9 COLUM. J. TAX L. 113 (2017).

Jeffrey A. Cooper, Time for Permanent Estate Tax Reform, 81 UMKC LAW REV. 277 (2012).

Jeffrey A. Cooper, Dead Hand Investing: The Enforceability of Trust Investment Directives, 37 ACTEC LAW J. 365 (2011).

Jeffrey A. Cooper, Ghosts of 1932: The Lost History of Estate and Gift Taxation, 9 FLA. TAX REV. 875 (2010).

Jeffrey A. Cooper, Empty Promises: Settlor's Intent, the Uniform Trust Code, and the Future of Trust Investment Law, 88 B.U. L. REV. 1165 (2008).

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