Quinnipiac University
Jeffrey A. Cooper is a Professor of Law and former 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.


  • AB, Harvard University
  • LLM, New York University
  • JD, Yale University

Areas of Expertise

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


  • Law

Office Location

  • School of Law and Education 251

Mail Drop

  • LW-FAC

Selected Publications

Law Reviews

Soldiers with Fortunes: Rethinking the Tax Treatment of Fallen Combatants

Jeffrey A. Cooper

9 COLUM. J. TAX L. 113 (2017)

Law Reviews

Time for Permanent Estate Tax Reform

Jeffrey A. Cooper

81 UMKC LAW REV. 277 (2012)

Law Reviews

Dead Hand Investing: The Enforceability of Trust Investment Directives

Jeffrey A. Cooper

37 ACTEC LAW J. 365 (2011)

Law Reviews

Ghosts of 1932: The Lost History of Estate and Gift Taxation

Jeffrey A. Cooper

9 FLA. TAX REV. 875 (2010)

Law Reviews

Empty Promises: Settlor's Intent, the Uniform Trust Code, and the Future of Trust Investment Law

Jeffrey A. Cooper

88 B.U. L. REV. 1165 (2008)