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Haynes and Boone, LLP

Emilie B. Cooper

Emilie B. Cooper



  • Appellate
  • Distressed Real Estate
  • Fiduciary Disputes
  • Litigation

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Haynes and Boone, LLP
New York, U.S.A.

Emilie Cooper is an accomplished litigator with significant experience handing disputes in the real estate and hospitality arenas. She has successfully represented companies and individuals, including real estate and hotel investors, developers, lenders, owners, managers, and operators, in a wide variety of matters and through all stages of complex litigation.

Emilie’s knowledge of the real estate and hotel industries, particularly in New York, has been invaluable to both plaintiffs and defendants in high stakes litigations and arbitrations, including breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, commercial tort suits, securities and foreclosure actions. Moreover, her industry knowledge enables her to better understand her clients’ business needs and goals, and consider how best to achieve them, through litigation or otherwise. Emilie also frequently advises clients concerning the potential litigation implications of their agreements and transactions, providing a unique litigator’s point of view in a transactional context.

Emilie regularly devotes time to pro bono cases, and has successfully obtained asylum for several clients fleeing persecution, including an Ethiopian orphan who originally came to the United States to seek medical treatment for complications from her amputated leg.

Bar Admissions

New York, 2005


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2004, cum laude; Symposium Editor, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal
B.Soc.Sci., University of Ottawa, 2001, magna cum laude; Dean’s List
Areas of Practice

Appellate | Distressed Real Estate | Fiduciary Disputes | Litigation | Real Estate | Real Estate Litigation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Obtained a preliminary injunction for the manager of a 600-room hotel in Times Square preventing the premature termination of a hotel management agreement.

Secured a complete pre-trial victory for a hotel developer and operator in a federal suit alleging commercial torts.

Represented the developer of a building on Billionaires’ Row in several litigations.

Litigated a jury trial on behalf of a private plaintiff pursuing securities fraud claims for insider trading and market manipulation.

Defended the developer of a luxury residential building in downtown Manhattan in connection with a claim for a brokerage commission.

Represented lenders in foreclosing on over $300 million of loans secured by two midtown hotels, and in pursuing personal guaranties provided by borrower’s principals in connection with the loans.

New York City Enacts Law Affecting Enforceability of Certain Commercial Lease Guaranties for COVID-Affected Businesses
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

On May 26, 2020, the Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, signed a broad COVID-19 relief package into law, to supplement existing federal and state relief measures. The new legislation included several amendments to the Administrative Code of the City of New York (the “Code”) that affect commercial landlords and tenants, including N.Y.C. Council Int. No. 1932-A (“Local Law 1932-A”)...

New York State Trial Court Holds That Moratorium on Foreclosures Does Not Bar UCC Foreclosure
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

In a decision issued on Monday, May 18, 2020, Justice Frank P. Nervo of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, held that a UCC foreclosure pursuant to Article 9 was not barred by New York State’s moratorium on foreclosures of commercial real property...

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