Theodore M. Cooperstein

Theodore M. Cooperstein

Federal Appeals nationwide, US Supreme Court , and Mississippi Appeals
  • Appeals & Appellate, Criminal Law, Tax Law
  • District of Columbia, Florida, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York
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Biography

With over three decades of experience as appellate lawyer and federal prosecutor, Ted Cooperstein co-founded Clouthier Cooperstein, PLLC for those litigants on appeal in any US federal court or in the State of Mississippi. Ted's wide ranging experience and depth of practice speak for him as an appeals specialist. Trial lawyers hire Mr. Cooperstein, as a lawyer's lawyer, to advise and consult in their cases. His former role within multiple United States Attorney’s Offices bears witness to his legal prowess, having litigated numerous criminal and civil appeals across state and federal courts throughout the United States. His wealth of experience and insightful understanding of Constitutional principles and the justice system positions him as an invaluable counselor representing individuals in appeals.

Ted Cooperstein possesses an intricate grasp of the inner workings of the legal system, having briefed and argued appeals in numerous United States Circuit Courts of Appeal and various states, including Mississippi. His appeals practice extends to the Supreme Court of the United States, the States of Mississippi, NH, NY, DC, Florida, the 5th Circuit, and United States Courts of Appeals for most Circuits.

His wide expertise spans criminal cases, investigations, indictments, trials, appeals, and post-conviction matters. As a former prosecutor, Ted understands the government's duties and burdens at all stages of a trial, knowledge that he now wields for clients of Clouthier Cooperstein, PLLC. His commitment is to serve the diverse people and communities of Mississippi and across the country.

Outside government service, Ted has successfully litigated varied kinds of civil suits, including business, commercial, and financial disputes, Federal Tort Claims Act cases, FSIA disputes, civil rights claims, and international human rights cases. He has also represented numerous clients before the Supreme Court of the United States, including amicus curiae briefs.

Practice Areas
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals
Tax Law
Tax Appeals, Tax Planning
Additional Practice Area
  • United States Supreme Court
Video Conferencing
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Fees
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    Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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Florida
The Florida Bar
ID Number: 101074
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Mississippi
The Mississippi Bar
ID Number: 106208
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New Hampshire
New Hampshire Bar Association
ID Number: 5519
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New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 2236487
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1st Circuit
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2nd Circuit
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3rd Circuit
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4th Circuit
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5th Circuit
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6th Circuit
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8th Circuit
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9th Circuit
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D.C. Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
  • German: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Co-Founder
Clouthier Cooperstein PLLC
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Appellate practice, civil and criminal appeals in state and federal courts
Assistant US Attorney
United States Attorneys Office, Southern District of Mississippi
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General Counsel
United States Office of Personnel Management
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Assistant US Attorney
United States Attorneys Office, Southern District of Florida
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Special Assistant US Attorney
United States Attorneys Office, District of Maryland
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Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General
United States Department of Justice
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Major, Military Intelligence
United States Army
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Mobilized to Active Duty in OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Deployed to Qatar, Oman, Jordan and Kuwait.
Sole Practitioner
Theodore M. Cooperstein PLLC
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Federal civil rights litigation, federal appeals and US Supreme Court amicus briefs.
Associate
Cooper Carvin & Rosenthal LLP
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Assistant General Counsel
Federal Bureau of Investigation
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General Counsel
Atlantic Legal Foundation
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Associate
Marks & Murase
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Associate
Davis Scott Weber & Edwards
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Associate
Dewey Ballantine
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Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Morris S. Arnold
United States District Court, Western District of Arkansas
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Education
United States Army War College
M.A. (2008) | Strategic Studies
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Georgetown University Law Center
LL.M. (1999) | Comparative and International Law
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Honors: LLM with Distinction
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Stanford Law School
J.D. (1987) | Law
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Honors: Notes Editor, Stanford Law Review Research Assistant to Dean John Hart Ely
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Dartmouth College
B.A. (1984) | History
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Honors: Summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa Dartmouth Senior Fellow Daniel Webster Scholar Rufus Choate Scholar
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Awards
Lincoln Fellow
Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship
Professional Associations
The Mississippi Bar  # 106208
Member
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Activities: Appellate Section Public Affairs Committee
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Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit
Member
Current
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Capital Area Bar Association
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Activities: Bench and Bar Committee
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Circle Lodge 638, F.&A.M.
Member
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The Florida Bar  # 101074
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American Bar Association
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New Hampshire Bar Association  # 5519
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New York State Bar  # 2236487
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Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy
Practice group Leadership
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Activities: Criminal Law Practice group Civil Rights Practice group Federalism and Separation of Powers Practice group International and National Security Law Practice group
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National Association of Assistant US Attorneys
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Activities: Supreme Court Amicus Briefs
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International Bar Association
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Keep Your Friends Close, But Your Enemies Closer
7 Dartmouth L.J. 295 (2009)
Letters of Marque and Reprisal
40 Maritime L. & Commerce 221
Article 106 of the United Nations Charter
11 Tex. Rev. L. & Pol. #2
Before He Leaves Office, Bush Should Fill Federal Judgeships
Wall St. J.
Sensing Leave for One's Takings: Interim Damages and Land Use Regulation
7 Stan. J. Envt'l L. 49
Speaking Engagements
Federal Criminal Appeals, TRT CLE Program, Online on demand CLE program
TRT CLE
120 min CLE presentation on Federal Criminal Appeals and Appellate Procedure
The Role and Responsibility of the Government Employee, Sixth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference, Mayflower Hotel, Washington DC
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy
As the General Counsel for the US Office of Personnel Management, joined panel discussion of role of lawyers in the federal government
Rule 5.5(d) (In context 0f Mississippi), Annual CLE and Conference, Capital Club of Jackson
Mississippi Paralegals Association
One hour presentation on CLE topic in Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct
Websites & Blogs
Website
Theodore M. Cooperstein's Website Profile
Website
Clouthier Cooperstein PLLC Website
Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered
Q. I exhausted all my remedies in federal courts and wanted to know could I still bring up old and new arguments in Supreme
A: To bring a matter before the United States Supreme Court, it must be within ninety days of the final judgment in the appeals court whose decision you are challenging. That can be from a federal appeals court, called the United States Court of Appeals (they are divided geographically in 12 circuits) or from the highest (supreme) court of any state or territory in the United States.

The US Supreme Court generally only reviews legal questions that have been already raised and reviewed or decided upon by a lower court. But as in many areas of the law, there can be exceptions to the general rule. Fr instance, there is always jurisdiction to decide the subject matter jurisdiction of a lower court, and whether the specific case was properly in the right court. You should check with an appellate attorney to go over the specific details and facts of your case. ... Read More
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Contact & Map
Clouthier Cooperstein PLLC
Ridgeland Office
1020 Highland Colony Pkwy
#803
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Monday: 9 AM - 5 AM (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 3 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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