Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
Expands to New Offices in Downtown Norfolk
By David Macaulay
In just six years, Norfolk-based Cooper Hurley Injury
Lawyers has doubled its size and moved twice to
larger ofices. The law firm expanded to purpose-built
offices facing Norfolks new circuit court
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers was formed in late
2011 by Jim Hurley and John Cooper, two veteran
Hampton Roads attorneys who have more than 55 years
combined experience in injury law.
The firm's move in April to new ofices at 125 St
Pauls Blvd, Ste 510 facing Norfolks new courthouse
was the second since its formation. Cooper Hurley
Injury Lawyers quickly outgrew the offices of the
former Hurley Law Firm at 1100 Granby Street and
moved in 2013 to a renovated suite at 2014 Granby
Street in Ghent above the Wells Fargo Bank.
The firm expanded quickly. Four more attorneys and
support staff were added. Cooper Hurley soon outgrew
2014 Granby Street.
When Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers moved to 125 St
Pauls Blvd, Ste 510 in April 2017, it was able to
utilize about 5,000 square feet, almost double the
size of the firm's former offices in Ghent. Clients
are offered free parking in a nearby garage and
the purpose-built offices are accessed by two elevators.
Its a bigger space. There are two elevators
so as we can better take care of everybody whos
injured in car, truck and motorcycle accidents,
said Jim Hurley.
We are really excited to get into our new
space, said John Cooper. We are literally
the closest door to the courthouse. This is a super
place for our growing firm to be able to practice
and be part of downtown Norfolk which is really
growing these days.
John Cooper noted the move comes at a time of rapid
growth in downtown Norfolk. The new Hilton hotel,
The Main also opened recently along with the newly
eveloped Waterside. Downtown Norfolk buzzes to the
sound of construction as former ofice buildings
are redeveloped into high-end residential developments
such as Icon Norfolk Apartments on West Main Street.
Although Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has grown
rapidly, the firm retains the family-friendly
atmosphere which means many former clients recommend
it to their friends. The firm is known for its regular
raffles in which former clients and friends can
win prizes and the holiday fridge magnets that are
mailed out every year.
The attorneys have strong roots in the Hampton Roads
community and often sponsor good causes. They are
committed to retaining the atmosphere of a small,
family- friendly firm and helping clients in the
often unequal struggle with the insurance companies
after they have been hurt.
I felt like he treated me like one of his
own. He treated me like a family member and looked
out for me, said client Tony Ho about Jim
Hurley in a video.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers specializes in car,
truck and motorcycle accidents, personal injury
and wrongful death cases. It represents client who
have been hurt at a business or by dangerous drugs
or other products. As well as the main office in
Norfolk, the law firm has client meeting locations
in all of the cities of Hampton Roads and on the
Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers hired a new attorney
in 2017. Will Dudley has lived in Hampton Roads
all of his life. He was born at Portsmouth Naval
Hospital when his father was serving in the U.S
Army and lived in Portsmouth for decades.
Will grew up in an area close to Olde Towne called
Madison Village and attended high school at I.C.
He became interested in working as a lawyer from
a young age when his grandmother was babysitting
She was a big fan of Perry Mason. I would
watch the Perry Mason show with her every day after
school. That's what piqued my interest, he
Perry Mason was a legal TV drama featuring Raymond
Burr as a fictional Los Angeles criminal defense
Will attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk
and the University of Richmond School of Law. Although
Will initially wanted to be a criminal defense attorney,
an accident involving his oldest child set him on
a course to become a personal injury lawyer.
My oldest son was injured by a glass candle
when he was about two-years-old, he said.
It burned his hand really badly.
Will hired a personal injury lawyer and said he
was impressed by the job he did in the lawsuit.
Wills first job as an attorney was at a general
practice law firm in Newport News. The main focus
was real estate. He then worked with the Newport
News public defenders office for three years.
He has also worked as a lawyer for an insurance
I did a lot of small stuff on my own until
I got a job with Cooper Hurley, he said.
At the age of 48, Will has his hands full. He is
married to Tracy and they live in Chesapeake. They
have five-year-old twins Mila and Miles. Will also
has a 17-year- old son called William
He lists his hobbies as golf and says the twins
keep him busy. Kids take up a lot of spare
time, he said. I spend a lot of time
going to Chuck E Cheeses.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers also gained a third
partner when Bill OMara was promoted.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can be contacted at
(757) 455-0077. The firm's areas of practice can
be found on the website CooperHurley.com.
(Editor's note: Story author David Macaulay is the
Marketing Director at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers.)