Harriet E. Cooperman

Harriet E. Cooperman

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (410) 332-8974
Fax: (410) 332-8862

Primary Office

Baltimore
500 E. Pratt Street
Suite 900
Baltimore, MD 21202-3133

Harriet E. Cooperman

Partner

Harriet Cooperman is an accomplished results-oriented strategic labor and employment attorney for publicly and privately held businesses and non-profits in court, at the negotiation table, and with executive leadership and management teams. She works closely with clients to develop and implement practical and creative solutions to address challenges and legal compliance issues. Harriet is nationally recognized for her labor and employment experience and litigation skills.

Harriet has litigated numerous labor and employment cases, both jury and non-jury, before courts and administrative agencies around the United States, covering a wide variety of issues, such as non-competition and trade secrets, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour claims and collective actions, employment torts, and ERISA. In 2007, she appeared as an expert witness on Maryland restrictive covenant law before the High Court of Justice in London, England. Her opinions and analysis were cited by the Judge as being critical to his decision. Harriet regularly provides advice and counsel to management clients on the broad array of labor and employment law issues.

A substantial part of Harriet’s practice includes handling the multitude of traditional labor matters, including union organizing campaigns, representation and unfair labor practice cases, collective bargaining negotiations including multi-employer bargaining, secondary boycotts, picketing and property rights litigation, labor injunction cases, grievances and arbitrations, Section 301 cases, multi-employer pension and welfare plan issues and litigation. entertainment, wholesale, and retail, as well as governmental entities and nonprofits.

Harriet is the Chair of the Maryland State Higher Education Labor Relations Board, and has been a member of the Board since its inception in 2001. She originally was appointed to the Board by Governor Parris Glendening and reappointed to successive terms by Governors Robert Ehrlich, Martin O'Malley and Larry Hogan. Harriet has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she taught traditional labor law and employment discrimination law. She frequently speaks on various labor and employment topics, and has presented at programs sponsored by the National Labor Relations Board, the National Academy of Arbitrators, the American Bar Association, and other professional and scholarly programs. Harriet also has written extensively on such matters.

Thought Leadership

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Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Recipient, The Daily Record's Lifetime Achievement Award, 2020

Inducted to the Corporate Employment Lawyers Hall of Fame, Lawdragon and Human Resources Management magazine, 2019

Named one of the Top 100 Employment Attorneys in the Nation by Lawdragon and Human Resources Executive, 2010 to present

Named a "Labor & Employment Star" for the Northeast by Benchmark Litigation's Labor and Employment guide, 2019 to present

Recipient, Margaret Brent-Juanita Jackson Mitchell Award, Bar Association of Baltimore City, 2008

Named to The Best Lawyers in America list, Labor Law - Management; Employment Law - Management; and Labor and Employment Litigation, 1993 to present

Named one of "America's Leading Lawyers in Employment Law" by Chambers USA, 2004 to present

Named a "Local Litigation Star" in Maryland by Benchmark Litigation, 2013 to present

Named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women, The Daily Record, 1996, 2000 and 2002, Circle of Excellence, 2002

Recipient, The Daily Record's Maryland Leadership in Law Award, 2005

Governor's Citation for contribution of service and expertise as Vice Chair of the Maryland State Higher Education Labor Relations Board, Governor Martin O'Malley, January, 2009

Named to 2009 Baltimore Business Journal Best Lawyers List

Named one of "Maryland's Legal Elite" by Baltimore SmartCEO, 2006 to present

Selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine, and to Top 25 Women Super Lawyer List by Baltimore magazine, 2007 to present

Designated a Who's Who Legal by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Labor and Employment, 2006

Named in Baltimore Business Journal's "Who's Who in Law," 1999

Honored at the Tenth Anniversary Dinner, Baltimore Women's Bar Association, May 1995

Memberships and Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

  • Fellow
  • Chair, Fourth Circuit Credentials Committee

Member, Board of Directors, University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)

Chair and Member, Maryland State Higher Education Labor Relations Board, 2001 to present

Director, Board of Directors, University System of Maryland Foundation

Member, Board of Visitors, University of Maryland School of Law

Former Member, Executive Committee, United Way of Central Maryland Women's Leadership Council

Member, Network 2000

  • Treasurer and Executive Committee Member, 2010 to 2011
  • Co-Chair, Women of Excellence Committee, 2006 to 2009
  • Director, Board of Directors, 2006 to 2011

Trustee, Board of Trustees, Living Classrooms Foundation, 2002 to 2008

Director, Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, 2008 to 2009

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, The Daily Record, 1999 to 2005

Leadership Maryland

  • Member, Class of 2003
  • Former member, Selection Committee

Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1992 to 1998

Former Chairperson, Labor and Employment Law Section, Maryland State Bar Association

Former Chairperson, Employer-Employee Relations Committee, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association

Former Chairperson, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Maryland State Bar Association

Former Chairperson, Judicial Administration Committee, Baltimore City Bar Association

First President, Baltimore Women's Bar Association

American Bar Foundation

Maryland Bar Foundation

Baltimore Bar Foundation

Education

J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 1978

  • Editor, University of Maryland Law Review
  • Member, National Moot Court Team

B.S., School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, 1975

Bar Admissions

Maryland

Harriet Cooperman is an accomplished results-oriented strategic labor and employment attorney for publicly and privately held businesses and non-profits in court, at the negotiation table, and with executive leadership and management teams. She works closely with clients to develop and implement practical and creative solutions to address challenges and legal compliance issues. Harriet is nationally recognized for her labor and employment experience and litigation skills.

Harriet has litigated numerous labor and employment cases, both jury and non-jury, before courts and administrative agencies around the United States, covering a wide variety of issues, such as non-competition and trade secrets, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour claims and collective actions, employment torts, and ERISA. In 2007, she appeared as an expert witness on Maryland restrictive covenant law before the High Court of Justice in London, England. Her opinions and analysis were cited by the Judge as being critical to his decision. Harriet regularly provides advice and counsel to management clients on the broad array of labor and employment law issues.

A substantial part of Harriet’s practice includes handling the multitude of traditional labor matters, including union organizing campaigns, representation and unfair labor practice cases, collective bargaining negotiations including multi-employer bargaining, secondary boycotts, picketing and property rights litigation, labor injunction cases, grievances and arbitrations, Section 301 cases, multi-employer pension and welfare plan issues and litigation. entertainment, wholesale, and retail, as well as governmental entities and nonprofits.

Harriet is the Chair of the Maryland State Higher Education Labor Relations Board, and has been a member of the Board since its inception in 2001. She originally was appointed to the Board by Governor Parris Glendening and reappointed to successive terms by Governors Robert Ehrlich, Martin O'Malley and Larry Hogan. Harriet has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she taught traditional labor law and employment discrimination law. She frequently speaks on various labor and employment topics, and has presented at programs sponsored by the National Labor Relations Board, the National Academy of Arbitrators, the American Bar Association, and other professional and scholarly programs. Harriet also has written extensively on such matters.