Jones Foster mourns the loss of dear friend and firm Shareholder, Margaret L. Cooper, who passed away on January 4th, 2019 at the age of 68.
Margie began her illustrious legal career in 1976, serving as an exemplary attorney and pillar of the firm for 42 years. She was deeply committed to her clients, colleagues, and the community. Margie was Board Certified in both Civil Trial and Business Litigation and focused her practice in complex commercial litigation matters.
Margie was a world class tennis player, competing at Wimbledon, the French Open, the U.S. Open, and on the Virginia Slims Tennis Circuit. She was a former member of the U.S. Jr. Wightman Cup Tennis Team, on the Board of Directors of the International Law Tennis Club, U.S. Chapter, and remained involved in the industry for decades. Margie received the 2013 Service Bowl Award, the most prestigious award in tennis which has been given annually by the USTA since 1940 "To the Player Who Yearly Makes the Most Notable Contribution to the Sportsmanship, Fellowship, and Service of Tennis."
Margie was actively involved in the legal industry and widely recognized for her preeminence in the profession. She was a former Chairman of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, 15th Judicial Circuit, a former member of the Florida Bar Judicial Procedures Nominating Committee and a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation. Margie was named by Best Lawyers in America as the 2014 "Employment Lawyer of the Year" in West Palm Beach, was consistently listed as a Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine, as a Top Lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide, and was named a Top Lawyer in Palm Beach Illustrated’s 2018 edition. Margie graduated with a B.A. in mathematics from Rollins College and obtained her J.D. from Mercer University.
We had the privilege of calling Margie a colleague at Jones Foster for 42 years. Her passing is a true loss to all of us at the firm, the legal profession, and her beloved tennis community. Margie will be greatly missed.