Emilie Cooper



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Education and Clerkships

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2004, cum laude; Symposium Editor, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal

B.Soc.Sci., University of Ottawa, 2001, magna cum laude; Dean’s List


New York

Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


Emilie Cooper is an accomplished litigator with significant experience handing disputes in the real estate and hospitality arenas. She has successfully represented companies and individuals, including real estate and hotel investors, developers, lenders, owners, managers, and operators, in a wide variety of matters and through all stages of complex litigation.

Emilie’s knowledge of the real estate and hotel industries, particularly in New York, has been invaluable to both plaintiffs and defendants in high stakes litigations and arbitrations, including breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, commercial tort suits, securities and foreclosure actions. Moreover, her industry knowledge enables her to better understand her clients’ business needs and goals, and consider how best to achieve them, through litigation or otherwise. Emilie also frequently advises clients concerning the potential litigation implications of their agreements and transactions, providing a unique litigator’s point of view in a transactional context.

Emilie regularly devotes time to pro bono cases, and has successfully obtained asylum for several clients fleeing persecution, including an Ethiopian orphan who originally came to the United States to seek medical treatment for complications from her amputated leg.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as a Leading Lady in Real Estate by Real Estate Weekly, Hagedorn Publishing, 2019
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, Business Litigation and Real Estate: Business, 2015-2020

Professional and Community Activities

  • Georgetown Law New York Alumni Advisory Council 



Emilie Cooper, Rebecca Landau and Carolyn E. Sullivan Featured Among ‘Leading Ladies’ in Real Estate

Real Estate Weekly recognized three Haynes and Boone partners in New York as 2019 Leading Ladies: Emilie Cooper, Rebecca Landau and Carolyn E. Sullivan.

Selected Client Representations

  • Obtained a preliminary injunction for the manager of a 600-room hotel in Times Square preventing the premature termination of a hotel management agreement.
  • Secured a complete pre-trial victory for a hotel developer and operator in a federal suit alleging commercial torts.
  • Represented the developer of a building on Billionaires’ Row in several litigations.
  • Litigated a jury trial on behalf of a private plaintiff pursuing securities fraud claims for insider trading and market manipulation.
  • Defended the developer of a luxury residential building in downtown Manhattan in connection with a claim for a brokerage commission.
  • Represented lenders in foreclosing on over $300 million of loans secured by two midtown hotels, and in pursuing personal guaranties provided by borrower’s principals in connection with the loans.


Super Lawyers

New York Metro Super Lawyers Recognizes 9 Haynes and Boone Lawyers

Nine Haynes and Boone lawyers have been recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in New York Metro’s 2019 Super Lawyers directory, published by Thomson Reuters.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Commercial Mortgage Foreclosure (NY),” co-author, Lexis Practice Advisor Practice Note, August 2019.
  • “Recent Litigation on Commercial Real Estate Financing,” speaker, PLI’s Commercial Real Estate Financing 2019, New York, New York, April 3, 2019.
  • “Recent Litigation on Commercial Real Estate Financing,” panelist, PLI’s Commercial Real Estate Financing 2018, New York, New York, April 12, 2018.
  • Note, 'Embedded Immigrant Exceptionalism: An Examination of California’s Proposition 187, The 1996 Welfare Reforms and the Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Expressed Therein, 18 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 345.

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