Emilie Cooper’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation. She has represented a wide variety of clients in both state and federal courts. Recently she has been involved in a variety of matters relating to the credit market crisis, including a workout of multiple construction loans, foreclosures on two New York City hotels, and a suit for specific performance of a financing commitment for a proposed merger. She also devotes time to a variety of pro bono case including a recent case to reunite a young boy who was living in a refugee camp in the Sudan with his family in Brooklyn.
- Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust in a dispute with its former parent, Boston Private Financial Corporation, concerning the interpretation and implementation of a stock purchase agreement.
- RPAP, a joint venture between Atlas Capital Group LLC, The Procaccianti Group and Rockpoint Group LLC, in several actions in New York state court to foreclose on more than $300 million of loans secured by the Alex Hotel and the Flatotel, both located in New York City, and to recover on the personal guaranties with respect to the loans.
- Partners in several partnerships that own prominent New York City office buildings, including the Seagram Building, in connection with several disputes, including three lawsuits concerning the two managing partners’ failure to properly distribute sale and other proceeds relating to the properties, and a lawsuit seeking partnership dissolution and sale of the Seagram Building.
- Hilton Worldwide in an action alleging trade secret misappropriation brought by Hilton's competitor, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and in a grand jury investigation conducted by the United States Attorney's Office (S.D.N.Y.), relating to the same underlying facts.
- The Related Group, a major condominium developer in south Florida, as borrower and guarantor on seven condominium project construction loans and eleven land loans, including the loans for the ICON Brickell Towers and Viceroy Hotel.
- Apollo Management L.P. and its portfolio company, Hexion Specialty Chemicals, in prosecuting an expedited proceeding against Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank to compel specific performance of their commitment to provide $15 billion in financing for Hexion’s proposed merger with Huntsman Chemical, and negotiating a settlement with Huntsman that major media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, lauded as a “sweet deal” for Hexion and Apollo.
- Successful representation of a consortium of three well-known private-equity firms (Bain Capital, The Carlyle Group and Clayton, Dubilier and Rice) in a multi-billion-dollar dispute with major banks over acquisition financing for their $8.5 billion acquisition of Home Depot Supply - a deal that ultimately funded and was closed.
- Southern Union Company in a three-week jury trial over charges concerning Southern Union’s allegedly illegal storage of elemental mercury at its Pawtucket, Rhode Island facility.
Georgetown University Law Center
(J.D., cum laude, 2004)
Symposium Editor, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal
University of Ottawa
(B. Soc. Sci., magna cum laude, 2001)
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2005
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2005
U.S. Supreme Court, 2009