Nicholas D. Cooper

Nicholas D. Cooper brings a seasoned background in real estate transactions and litigation to the Energy Group at Burns White, where he focuses his practice on due diligence review, title curative measures, certified title opinions, and landowner disputes and other land-related litigation.

As the former Director of the Land Legal Department at an independent exploration and production oil and gas company, Mr. Cooper developed and managed a team of 12 in-house title reviewers and title analysts that facilitated large acquisitions of land acreage in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He also handled all of the department’s related legal work and litigation such as estate, property, tort, real estate, contract, commercial and securities law; and disputes stemming from title/curative, landowner, bankruptcy/foreclosure and land damage issues. In addition, Mr. Cooper was instrumental in modernizing the language used in all land-related documents for the company, including leases, affidavits, ratifications, extensions, amendments and joint operating agreements.

Complementing his in-house counsel experience, Mr. Cooper handled oil and gas lease issues as an Attorney and Title Analyst at a law firm in Ohio and performed title abstract searches for oil, gas, mineral and subterranean reservations on parcels in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia as a Land Coordinator at an oil and gas leasing company.

Mr. Cooper graduated from the University of Akron School of Law in 2011. He received a B.A. in history from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003.

A member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Mr. Cooper is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania.

Areas of Law

  • Energy
  • Real Estate and Property Services
  • Litigation
  • Corporate Governance


  • University of Akron (J.D., 2011)
  • University of Pittsburgh (B.A., 2003)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association