Top Honors for Christian & Small Partner, Clark A. Cooper

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Christian Small attorney Clark A. Cooper has been invited to become a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Christian & Small, LLP announces that Clark A. Cooper ( has been invited to become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and was reelected to serve a second term with the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.

Cooper is one of ten Alabama lawyers inducted to the Fellowship for 2009. Cooper joins partners Thomas W. Christian, Clarence M. Small, Duncan Y. Manley, Richard E. Smith and Richard F. Ogle. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Members are nominated by Fellows in their jurisdiction and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

Cooper will serve as the Alabama State Delegate to the House of Delegates from August 2010 to August 2013. Each state has one state delegate who serves a three-year term. This will be Cooper’s second term.

Cooper is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Alabama School of Law. Cooper’s professional honors include: Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Listed as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation, and “Best of the Birmingham Bar” by Birmingham Business Journal. In addition, Cooper holds numerous leadership positions in the American Bar Association.

Christian & Small ( was established in 2000 by Thomas W. Christian and Clarence M. Small, partners with Rives & Peterson, Christian & Small’s predecessor firm. Representing a diverse clientele throughout Alabama, the Southeast and the nation, Christian & Small has clients ranging from individuals and closely held businesses to Fortune 500 corporations. Christian & Small specializes in complex and business litigation as well as providing services in estate, tax and transactional law and is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.

Christian & Small ( is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms. Primerus is the leading alliance of small and medium sized, top-rated, independent firms. With over 140 law firms located in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the U.K., Primerus firms ( provide clients with responsive, high quality, partner-level service for much less than what large law firms charge. All Primerus law firms are: AV- rated using the Martindale-Hubbell peer review service; screened for excellence; and audited annually for continued quality.

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