Office of Counsel
R. COOPER SHATTUCK
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. The General Counsel also serves on the Chancellor’s Senior Staff.
Prior to joining the System, Mr. Shattuck served as the Chief Legal Advisor for Governor Robert Bentley, and previously as an attorney/shareholder with two Tuscaloosa law firms: Rosen Harwood P.A. (1998-2011) and Hubbard, Smith, McIlwain, Brakefield & Shattuck, P.C. (1990-1998). 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 is a past president of the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association, served as a Bar Commissioner for the Sixth Judicial Circuit and has served the Alabama State Bar in numerous capacities.
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; 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 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 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
401 Queen City Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401