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Robert Pless​​​​​​

Robert Pless grew up in the small town of Norris, Tennessee. Robert attended Roane State Community College and The University of Tennessee. He began working at the Southern Railroad as a carman and later became a journeyman machinist. In 1986, he left the railroad to work with FELA attorneys as an investigator. Robert has the …

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Carl Keen​​​​​

Carl Keen was raised and currently resides in the small town of Hilliard, Florida. Carl went to work for SCL Railroad in 1979 as a laborer. He worked in the maintenance of way department and eventually moved to the car department where he served the remainder of his 22 year railroad career. During his time …

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Stacey Brooks​​​​​

Stacey is from Marshfield Massachusetts, a small town 30 minutes from Boston. She graduated from Norfolk State University with a B.A. in Political Science/Pre-Law. She also carries a Paralegal Certificate from ODU/NSU Education Center. Stacey has worked as legal receptionist, legal secretary, legal assistant, and paralegal over the past 20 years. She loves working at …

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Nya Granger​​​​

Nya was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up in Hampton Roads. She’s been a team member at Cooper Hurley since August 2016 but has known founding attorney Jim Hurley since she was in high school. Her first role at the firm was receptionist before becoming a legal assistant and now a paralegal. Nya …

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Monique Collins

Monique Collins joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as Legal Assistant in 2018. Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Fayetteville State University (“Bronco Pride!”). With over eight years of legal experience, Monique is happy to be a part of the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers family. Her …

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Nichelle Stone​​

Nichelle grew up in a Navy family, but, having lived in Norfolk for a combined 20+ years, she calls this home. She graduated top of her class from Granby High School in 2005, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the College of William & Mary in 2009, and she is currently pursuing …

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Melissa Kelly​

Melissa Kelly joined the firm in early 2021 as a litigation paralegal. Born and raised in the Tidewater region, Melissa has supported the legal community for over 40 years! She worked with the Honorable James C. Lewis and the Hon. Kevin M. Duffan before assuming the judicial bench in Virginia Beach and has enjoyed her …

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Tara Rooksby

Tara Rooksby was born in Huntington Beach, California and relocated to Northern Virginia in 1993. She received a Bachelor of Music degree along with a minor in Business from James Madison University. Tara is a hard-core marching band/drum and bugle corps fan and made fantastic memories as a member of the Marching Royal Dukes drum …

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Lauren Harrell

Lauren grew up in the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach and graduated in 2015 from Old Dominion University with a degree in business management (Go Monarchs!). She has been a paralegal for over five years and joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers in December 2020. “One of the things that makes working here great is getting …

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Jennifer Hogan

Jennifer Hogan joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers in 2018 as a paralegal within John Cooper’s group. Prior to working at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, Jennifer worked regionally as a legal assistant. She is currently pursuing a degree in the legal field which she plans to use for the benefit of our clients. Jennifer brings a …

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