Michael R. Cooper is Senior Director of Client Relations and Business Development for The Molpus Woodlands Group, LLC. Mr. Cooper is responsible for the client relations team as well as developing firm-wide strategic initiatives. Mr. Cooper also provides leadership and strategic business advice to company executives, management and across functional teams of the Company. Mr. Cooper previously served the Company as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer where he oversaw all aspects of the compliance and legal programs as well as overseeing the company risk management program and managing external relationships such as outside counsel and related vendors. Mr. Cooper has worked with Molpus since 1999 and has been involved in many facets of the company's work with previous experience including overseeing fundraising activities and in the development of Molpus's co-mingled funds and international tax structures.
Mr. Cooper earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Banking and Finance from Mississippi State University in 1992 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1995. Prior to joining Molpus, Mr. Cooper was engaged in a diversified corporate law practice in Jackson, Mississippi. He was selected as one of Mississippi's Top 40 Under 40 for 2009 by the Mississippi Business Journal and is a member of the following: the American Bar Association, the Mississippi Corporate Counsel Association (where he served as past president) and the Mississippi Bar (where he served as past chairman of the Clients' Security Funds Committee). Mr. Cooper is a past member of the Mississippi Ethics Commission (appointed by the chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court) and the American Bar Association's Advisory Committee for the Paralegal Studies Program for the University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Cooper co-authored "The Role of the Asset Manager in Maximising Value," which appeared in The Definitive Guide to Investing in Timberland (2008) by PEI Media.