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Kerry T. Cooperman serves as director of Stroock’s national pro bono program, the Public Service Project, which is the cornerstone of Stroock’s longstanding commitment to social, economic, and racial justice. Established in 2001, the award-winning Public Service Project provides a broad array of legal services to underserved populations across the country through partnerships with myriad public interest law firms and community organizations. The PSP is a leader in providing pro bono legal services in the wake of national disasters, both natural and economic.

As PSP director, Kerry leads cases and provides resources and counsel to attorneys performing pro bono work on a wide range of litigation and transactional matters, encompassing areas ranging from special education and affordable housing to nonprofit organizations, family law and domestic violence, small-business and microenterprise assistance, civil rights litigation, and national disaster relief.

Stroock’s Anti-Racism Initiatives. With the leadership of Stroock’s director of Diversity & Professional Development (Salila Yohn), Stroock’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Council, and our engaged affinity groups, the firm is committed not only to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace but also to combating racism in all forms through community engagement and pro bono work.  Kerry co-runs Stroock’s firmwide Anti Racist Ideas and Actions (ARIA) program, which works to combat racism through community action, research and policy-reform projects, and litigation.  Kerry also co-chairs the Education Committee of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA), a nationwide coalition of law firms and public service organizations that is working to amplify the voices of communities and individuals oppressed by racism and to promote racial equity in the law.Nonprofit Law and Compliance.  Kerry has extensive experience advising nonprofit organizations, including public charities, social welfare organizations, and trade associations, on matters involving formation, applications for tax-exemption, governance, grantmaking, political law compliance, mergers, and asset sale transactions.  He regularly counsels nonprofit organizations in their dealings with the Internal Revenue Service, the New York State Office of the Attorney General, and other state and federal regulators. 

Special Education Advocacy.  Kerry also has deep expertise in special education law and advocacy.  He regularly represents children with special education needs in New York City to help them secure appropriate educational programs, school placements, and related services, and frequently handles impartial hearings on behalf of families.  Kerry conducts trainings and workshops on special education advocacy for nonprofit organizations, attorneys, educators, related service providers, and parents of children with special education needs.

Prior to assuming his role with the PSP, Kerry focused his litigation practice on complex commercial real estate disputes. He has represented building owners, developers, cooperatives and condominiums, commercial tenants, and others in a wide range of real estate matter, including leasing and contract disputes, brokerage fee disputes, construction and insurance coverage disputes, RPAPL 881 proceedings, zoning and licensing issues, and proceedings before municipal regulators.

Publications

  • "Stroock Pro Bono Head On Firms Confronting Legal Aid Crisis," Law360, June 25, 2021
  • "New York Commercial Landlords Must Prepare to Mitigate Rental Damages," Stroock Client Alert, June 16, 2021
  • "Congress Passes Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program," Stroock Special Bulletin, June 4, 2020

Memberships

  • Member, The Association of Pro Bono Counsel
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Admitted To Practice

New York; Connecticut

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

Education

J.D., cum laude, University of Maryland, 2009; Member, Maryland Law Review; Member, National Moot Court Team

B.A., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 2006