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Meet Your Attorneys at Cooper, Bender & Bender, P.C.​

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Attorney Karl Bender

Attorney Karl Bender received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1981 and his law degree from University of Toledo College of Law in 1984. From 1978 to 1982, he was an instructor at the UAW Education Center at Black Lake.

Karl also has been with Cooper & Bender, P.C. since the beginning, and has personally handled thousands of Social Security Disability and Workers Compensation cases.

Recognizing his many years of tireless representation of injured workers, Karl was inducted into the American College of Worker Compensation Lawyers in 2016 (an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys nationwide each year).

Memberships and Professional Organizations

  • State Bar Representative Assembly – 1987
  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representative (NOSSCR)
  • American College of Workers Compensation Lawyers

Attorney Jacob Bender

Attorney Jacob Bender graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University. He also graduated Cum Laude from the University of Toledo College of Law, where he was on the Dean’s List and was a Contract Law teaching assistant.

While in law school, he had the distinction of serving as contributing articles editor on the University of Toledo’s Law Review. He is also a published author on Social Security Disability and a guest speaker/presenter on disability issues.

Since receiving his law degree, Jacob has strictly specialized in representing the disabled. Jacob practices extensively in federal court. A well regarded appellate lawyer, his advice is routinely sought on both Social Security Disability and Workers Compensation appeals.

Jacob is admitted to practice in both the Eastern and Western U.S. District Court of Michigan, and has argued before the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Notably, he is also a committee member of the Workers Compensation Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan. When not at work, Jacob enjoys spending time with his family and building furniture in his workshop.

Memberships and Professional Organizations

  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • Michigan State Bar Association
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)

Attorney David J. Cooper

Attorney David Cooper received his bachelors degree from Wayne State, then worked until 1970 as a patrolman for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department. While in college, he became active in local and national activities relating to SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee), CORE (Congress on Racial Equality) and SDS (Students for a Democratic Society).

He earned his law degree from the University of Detroit Law School and became a partner in Philo, Cockrel, Spearman, Cooper, Rine, King and Adkinson in Detroit. He went on to found Cooper & Bender, P.C. along with Attorney Karl Bender in 1982.

Now retired, David personally handled thousands of workers compensation cases, and practiced Workers Compensation law exclusively since 1994. He even wrote the chapter on Workers Compensation for the 1975 Lawyers Desk Reference.

Recognizing his long career assisting injured workers, Mr. Cooper was inducted into the American College of Worker Compensation Lawyers in 2014 (an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys nationwide each year).

David also had the great honor of being inducted into the Michigan Worker’s Compensation Lawyer’s Hall of Fame in 2019.

Memberships and Professional Organizations

  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • Hearing panelist – Attorney Discipline Board
  • American College of Workers Compensation Lawyers

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