Faculty Biography

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Jeffrey A. Cooper

Professor of Law 
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development

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

Areas of expertise

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



Jeffrey A. Cooper is Carmen Tortora Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at Quinnipiac University School of Law. 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 partner 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.

Cooper has written numerous articles about estate planning, probate and taxation. His scholarship has 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.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Jeffrey A. Cooper, Soldiers with Fortunes: Rethinking the Tax Treatment of Fallen Combatants,COLUM. J. TAX L. 113 (2017)

Jeffrey A. Cooper, Time for Permanent Estate Tax Reform, 81 UMKC LAW REV. 277 (2012)

Jeffrey A. Cooper, Dead Hand Investing: The Enforceability of Trust Investment Directives, 37 ACTEC LAW J. 365 (2011)

Jeffrey A. Cooper, Ghosts of 1932: The Lost History of Estate and Gift Taxation,FLA. TAX REV. 875 (2010)

Jeffrey A. Cooper, Empty Promises: Settlor's Intent, the Uniform Trust Code, and the Future of Trust Investment Law, 88 B.U. L. REV. 1165 (2008)