Photograph of Monty Cooper
Named to Washington Business Journal's 2018
top "40 Under 40" list

Government Experience

  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina—Law Clerk, Hon. Patrick Michael Duffy (2004-2005)
  • Maryland—Special Assistant State’s Attorney, Prince George's County (2014)


  • Georgetown University, B.A. American studies (2000)
  • College of William & Mary, M.P.P. public policy (2004)
  • College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D. (2004) notes editor, William and Mary Law Review


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • South Carolina

Monty Cooper

 Counsel Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2617
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Harmon L. (Monty) Cooper is a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office, where he is a member of the Mass Tort, Product, and Consumer Litigation and Environment & Natural Resources groups. His practice focuses on environmental, product liability, and complex civil litigation.

He has experience with multidistrict proceedings and has represented clients in a range of industries, including automotive, petroleum, and information technology. He has over a decade’s worth of experience in all phases of litigation, from discovery to motion practice to trial, including first-chair jury and bench trial experience. Monty also provides strategic counseling and legal advice on environmental issues for clients regarding environmental remediation and property-transfer laws.

Representative Matters

  • Representing and advising a government-sponsored enterprise in negotiations with a government agency concerning environmental and property-transfer laws in states in the Northeast.
  • Representing an oil company as national litigation counsel, in federal court in the Southern District of New York, in numerous MTBE cases in which private water companies, public water utilities, and state agencies allege that MTBE is a defective and unreasonably dangerous product that has contaminated public drinking water supplies in New York, New Hampshire, and several other states.
  • Representing an oil company, in federal court in the District of Arizona, against CERCLA and common-law claims seeking contribution for environmental remediation costs.
  • Successfully defended a global information-technology company, in federal court in the District of Columbia, in product liability litigation brought by plaintiffs claiming catastrophic injuries from an allegedly defective electronic device.
  • Successfully defended an oil company, in federal court in the Southern District of Florida, against class certification in product liability litigation brought by boat owners against oil companies for their use of ethanol in fuel.
  • Successfully defended a major U.S. automobile manufacturer at trial in a wrongful death suit involving claims of alleged defective brakes. After a week-long jury trial in a Maryland circuit court, the company obtained a defense verdict.
  • Successfully defended an international brokerage firm in a breach of contract dispute before the London Court of International Arbitration. The matter settled on favorable terms.
  • As special assistant state’s attorney in Prince George’s County, Maryland (January – May 2014), tried several cases involving second degree assault, traffic violations and driving under the influence (DUI) charges before judges. Tried multiple DUI cases before juries, including the successful conviction of a defendant.

Public Service and Education

Monty has also been active in his community, in particular serving as chair of the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) of Prince George’s County, MD. The RDA is the principal development and redevelopment agency in Maryland’s second largest jurisdiction. Its mission is to develop mixed-income housing and mixed-use development in the county’s urban communities and transit centers.

Monty received a B.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University and attended the College of William and Mary Law School, where he was a notes editor for the William and Mary Law Review, a member of the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and a Benjamin Rush Scholar. After law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Patrick Michael Duffy of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.

He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and South Carolina. For several years, he has been selected as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers "Rising Star."


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, South Carolina, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Professional and Community Activities


  • Washington Business Journal (2018) – "40 Under 40" list for the Greater Washington, D.C.
  • Exceptional Service Award (2017) – U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" (2013-2015)
  • Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 Award — National Bar Association
  • Lawyers of Color’s Inaugural "Hot List" — Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Forty Under 40 Award — Prince George’s County (MD) Social Innovation Fund
  • Vanguard Award —Next City (National Urban-Affairs Magazine)
  • Leadership Maryland — Class of 2015
  • Maryland’s The Daily Record 2015 VIP List

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Mitigating Risk Through Environmental Due Diligence in California Real Estate Deals," Presentation for Environmental Data Resources, Inc. (EDR), Costa Mesa, CA (October 10, 2018). Speakers: Kevin C. Mayer and Monty Cooper.
  • "Blockchains, Distributed Ledgers, and Smart Contracts," Presentation for Freddie Mac, McLean, VA (October 1, 2018). Presenters: Jenny E. Cieplak, Matthew B. Welling, and Monty Cooper.
  • "Solar Power and Resilient Design for Schools and Shelters: How Sustainable Public Buildings Can Enhance Their Communities," Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Washington, D.C. (March 29, 2016). Panelist: Monty Cooper.
  • "Cities and Water: A Conversation With the General Counsel of D.C. Water and WSSC," D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section Panel, Washington, D.C. (October 28, 2015). Moderator: Monty Cooper.
  • "Meet the Leaders — A Conversation With Lawyers Who Manage Legal Departments About Their Practice and The Law," J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, Lanham, MD (May 21, 2015). Moderator: Monty Cooper.
  • "Legends of Environmental Law: A Conversation with Steven P. Quarles of Sedgwick LLP," D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section Panel, Washington, D.C. (October 16, 2014). Moderator: Monty Cooper.
  • "The Power of a Network: Developing and Capitalizing on Business Relationships," National Bar Association – Corporate Leadership Forum Academy, Miami, FL (July 30, 2013). Panelist: Monty Cooper.
  • "Litigation Basics: The Most Common Pitfalls Young Lawyers Make in Litigation ... and How to Avoid Them," Continuing Legal Education, National Bar Association Annual Convention, Miami, FL (July 29, 2013). Panelist: Monty Cooper.
  • "Hydraulic Fracking Regulation and Issues," D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section Panel, Washington, D.C. Moderator: Monty Cooper.


  • "Developments In Environmental Enforcement Since TCJA," Law360 (July 24, 2018). Authors: Peter C. Condron, Monty Cooper, and Teresa Abney.
  • "The Tax Cuts and Job Act (TCJA) and its Impact on Environmental Enforcement," ABA Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee Newsletter, Vol. 19, No. 3 (July 2018). Author: Monty Cooper.
  • "Rosebrock v. Eastern Shore Emergency Physicians LLC: Maryland Court of Special Appeals Analyzes Habit Evidence — MD Rule 5-406," The Maryland Litigator, Maryland State Bar Association, Litigation Section (June 2015). Author: Monty Cooper.
  • "Glenn v. GSX Trans., Inc. and the Licensee/Invitee/Trespasser Distinction in Maryland Tort Law," The Maryland Litigator, Maryland State Bar Association, Litigation Section (February 2015). Author: Monty Cooper.
  • "Hasley v. Ward Mfg. and Maryland’s Economic-Loss Rule’s Public-Safety Exception," The Maryland Litigator, Maryland State Bar Association, Litigation Section (October 2014). Author: Monty Cooper.
  • "Passing the Smell Test: Twombly, Iqbal, and a California Federal Court’s Requirement of More Specificity in Complaint Against Defendants," Australian Product Liability Reporter (August/September 2012). Author: Monty Cooper.
  • "AEP v. Connecticut — Global Warming Litigation and Beyond: The Court’s Affirmation of the Clean Air Act and Impact on the Public Nuisance Debates of the Future," 41 ELR 10973, 10996 ELR News and Analysis (November 2011). Author: Monty Cooper.
  • "Diversity and Thoughts on Building Diversity in the Corporate Legal Team," The Commercial Law Connection (NBA CLS), Vol. 8, No. 2 (Summer 2011). Author: Monty Cooper.
  • "Legal Developments Related to Greenhouse Gas Emissions," BNA Environment Reporter, Vol. 39, No. 26, 1309-132 (June 27, 2008). Contributor: Monty Cooper.
  • "Will an Endangerment Finding Lead to Greenhouse Gas New Source Performance Standards for Stationary Sources?" The Environmental Litigator, American Bar Association (Summer 2008). Author: Monty Cooper.
  • "Searching for Certainty in Uncertain Air: NSR and the RMRR Exclusion," Trends, American Bar Association, Vol. 38, No. 2 (November/December 2006). Author: Monty Cooper.

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May.24.2018 Crowell & Moring’s Monty Cooper Named to Washington Business Journal’s "40 Under 40" List