Two attorneys from Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers have been named in the prestigious Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s 2020 Leaders in the Law awards. Founding partner Jim Hurley and John Baker received accolades in the annual awards program – now in its 15th year.
Jim Hurley was named as one of the Class of 2020 “Leaders in the Law” selected by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. The publication honored just 26 lawyers from across the Commonwealth for their “outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Virginia, significant achievements through the practice of law, leadership in improving the justice system, and important contributions to Virginia’s legal community and/or the community at large.” Fellow Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers’ founding partner John Cooper was named as a Leader in the Law in 2019.
John Baker was named by Virginia Lawyers Weekly in its 2020 class of “Up and Coming Lawyers.” This awards program is in its fifth year. It recognizes attorneys across the Commonwealth who are making their mark in their first 10 years of practice. “These are the lawyers who are the leaders of the profession in the future,” stated Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
Virginia’s Leaders in the Law awardees are usually honored at an annual dinner in Richmond. However, the event is to be held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic at 6 p.m. on Oct. 22.
“The current requirements of social distancing don’t permit us to safely come together in person. Therefore, we will host this year’s Leaders in the Law event as a COVID-compliant virtual event,” stated Virginia Lawyers weekly on the event’s webpage.
“Leaders in the Law is Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s signature event. VLW honors its annual class of lawyers who are setting the standard for other lawyers and recognizes attorneys and professionals in law-related fields who have a significant accomplishment or achievement,” the publication states.
The overall Leader of the Year will be voted by the 2020 leaders. Each honoree also will be profiled in a special supplement that will be inserted into Virginia Lawyers Weekly in October.
Jim Hurley has been practicing law across Virginia for more than three decades. He holds an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given for his practice of law. He has been named in Virginia Super Lawyers since 2014. He set up Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers with John Cooper about nine years ago. Since then, the firm has expanded its presence in Norfolk and the number of attorneys and support staff it employs.
About Our Attorneys Who Won
Jim has forged an impressive reputation in the courtroom where he has tried well over 100 cases before juries. He is also known for his unwavering support to great causes in the Hampton Roads community and further afield. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers recently awarded four scholarships in our Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship to four students from the Tidewater area and one student from elsewhere in the United States. Jim lives in the Larchmont section of Norfolk. He is married to Pam, a Norfolk schoolteacher. They have two children.
John Baker joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers in early 2018. He was born and raised in Norfolk and graduated from Norfolk Collegiate School in 2002. John attended Hampden-Sydney College where he was a Venable Scholar. He graduated cum laude with a major in history and minors in German and public service in 2006. John also represented his class in the Student Senate every year at Hampden-Sydney. He served as Chairman of the Student Senate during his senior year. John also received the James Madison Public Service Certificate and was a member of the Society of 1791, Hampden-Sydney’s leadership organization.
John has been selected as a Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers from 2015 to 2020. He is also a former member of the James Kent American Inn of Court. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, he represents people who have suffered injuries in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. He helps the victims of drunk, careless, and distracted drivers and represents families of people killed due to the fault of another in wrongful death cases.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to the fault of another party, please call us to talk to an attorney.