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General Counsel




The General Counsel represents the Board of Trustees, affiliated entities and senior management in all legal matters and is responsible for the delivery of all legal services for the System, its three campuses and affiliated entities, including the retention and management of outside counsel. To fulfill these responsibilities, the General Counsel staffs, organizes and manages the Office of Counsel of The University of Alabama System which is comprised of attorneys and support staff strategically located throughout the System. Cooper serves on the Chancellor’s Senior Staff and also serves as Executive Director of The University of Alabama System’s Gulf State Park Project.


Prior to joining the System, Mr. Shattuck served as the Chief Legal Advisor for Governor Robert Bentley, and previously in private practice in Tuscaloosa. He earned a B.S. in Economics from Georgia Tech in 1987 and his J.D. from The University of Alabama School of Law in 1990, where he was a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society and served as president of the Student Farrah Law Society. He presently serves as Vice President of the Alabama State Bar and as an at-large Bar Commissioner. He is a past president of the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association, served as a Bar Commissioner for the Sixth Judicial Circuit prior to going to work for Governor Bentley. He has served and continues to serve the Alabama State Bar in numerous capacities, including various committees and task forces.


He is a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation; a member of the Board of Trustees of the Farrah Law Alumni Society; a member of the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution; a member of the Alabama Law Institute; and is listed on the Roster of the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution as a Mediator and Arbitrator. He has previously served on the Alabama Law Institute Council, the Alabama Sentencing Commission, and as a Neutral on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. While serving as Chief Legal Advisor, he served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council. He continues as Special Counsel to the Governor with respect to matters relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


He has served as adjunct faculty of the University of Alabama School of Law, having taught Alternative Dispute Resolution, Sales Law, and Negotiations. He has spoken at numerous continuing legal education seminars on topics including Trademarks and Intellectual Property, Environmental Law, Natural Resource Damage Assessment, Negotiations, Ethics, Mediation, Construction Law and Law Office Management.




The University of Alabama System

Office of the General Counsel

500 University Boulevard East

Tuscaloosa, AL  35401

Tel:  205-348-7380