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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 Norfolk’s new circuit court in 2017.

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 Norfolk’s 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.

“It’s a bigger space. There are two elevators so as we can better take care of everybody who’s 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. Norcom.

He became interested in working as a lawyer from a young age when his grandmother was babysitting him.

“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 recalled.

Perry Mason was a legal TV drama featuring Raymond Burr as a fictional Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer.

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.

Will’s 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 Cheese’s.”

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers also gained a third partner when Bill O’Mara 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.)

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