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Miriam (Mimi) Cooper installed as the new NWSBA President.

It was a beautiful evening at the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington.   Miriam Cooper was sworn in by The Honorable Pamela Loza as the new NWSBA President in front of a large audience comprised of colleagues, friends and family.

Each year, a new President takes the helm for the Northwest Suburban Bar Association, and on June 13, 2019, the tradition continued when new officers and the Board of Governors were sworn in.

The Honorable Jill Cerone-Marisie installed the executive council officers for the new fiscal year.  They include Gary Newland, First Vice President; Moe Ahmad, Second Vice President;  Kenneth Apicella, Treasurer;  and  Anthony Calzaretta, Secretary.

Judge Cerone-Marisie also installed the new Board of Governors for 2019 – 2020: Jonathan Anderson, Robert Boszko, Allen Gabe, Patricia Jochum, Raj Jutla, and Joseph Vito.  Kristina Buchthal Alkass is the Association Attorney and Tracy Callahan is the Parliamentarian.

Anthony Calzaretta was the emcee for the evening’s event, and encouraged all members to continue to become involved in all of the NWSBA events that are offered.  Rabbi Lifshitz provided a warm welcome and heartfelt words about Miriam.

Michael Rothmann, outgoing President, thanked his committee chairpersons for their hard work and dedication, and his family for their continued support.

After her installation, Miriam proposed to the members of the NWSBA to be active participants in her mission for service, “Go out in the community, serve in your church or temple or community organization.  Be the link between yourself and the community.”

Miriam thanked Executive Director, Julie Barth and office administrators Christine and Sharon at the NWSBA office.  She also thanked her family members, Rabbi Lifshitz, attorneys Shawn McKenna and Brandy Wisher and her office staff.

The President’s Award for Distinguished Public Service was presented to William F. Kelley.

A Casino Night Gaming & Raffle followed the installation. It was a great night for the Association.


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Team Mimi!

It was a beautiful day for Walk MS: Roselle 2019 Sunday, May 5, 2019
Walk MS brings together a community of passionate people for one powerful cause: to end MS forever. And with every step we take and every dollar we raise… we’re that much closer. Together, we are stronger than MS.


Miriam Cooper celebrating 30 years of excellence in the legal community.
CHEERS to 30 Years!


Mirriam Donating to Student in Need

Miriam Cooper loading donated interview and internship clothes collected by the Law Office of Miriam Cooper & Associates for District 214 students in need.


Schaumburg Golf Club.

2018-2019 Executives, (left to right): Treasurer, Moe Ahmad; 1st Vice President, Miriam Cooper; 2nd Vice President, Gary Newland; President Michael Rothmann — at Schaumburg Golf Club.


Miriam Cooper Law & Equity Legacy Scholarship

Mirriam Scholarship

Miriam Cooper presenting the scholarship award to Mallory King, the Rolling Meadows HS senior going into law and the scholarship winner.

This award honors longtime District 214 Board of Education trustee Miriam “Mimi” Cooper. It provides a scholarship to a graduating female who plans to study law or criminal justice field and has demonstrated volunteerism while in high school.
Mallory is an outstanding graduating senior who will be attending Indiana University this fall.


2018 Judges’ Celebration 

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Judge Alfred Levinson, Judge Hyman Riebman, Judge James Pieczonka


The Hon. Jill Cerone-Marisie received the John Marshall Law School’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award at their 44th Annual Freedom & Distinguished Service Awards Reception on May 17, 2018.
Mike and Mimi were proud to represent the NWSBA and to celebrate Judge Marisie

Miriam Cooper, Mike Rothmann & The Hon. Jill Cerone-Marisi

Miriam Cooper, Mike Rothmann & The Hon. Jill Cerone-Marisi

The Hon. Steven Kozicki , The Hon. James Pieczonka, Miriam Cooper, Mike Rothmann & The Hon. Jill Cerone-Marisie
2015 Walk Logo

Team Mimi

Walk Ms 2018 Schaumburg

2015 Walk
Mirriam Cooper Portrait

District 214 Education Foundation Board

Miriam “Mimi” Cooper appointed as a new trustee

The District 214 Education Foundation Board has appointed Miriam Cooper as a new trustee to continue to build its mission of funding student success and innovation. Miriam (Mimi) Cooper of Arlington Heights joined the 19-member Board.

Cooper, an award-winning attorney with the Law Office of Miriam Cooper & Associates, was an elected member of the District’s Board of Education for nearly 30 years. During that time, she was the Board’s liaison to the Foundation, serving as a tireless and enthusiastic advocate of the Foundation’s mission and an active fundraiser.

The District 214 Education Foundation funds student success and innovation beyond the limits of conventional public education funding, annually supporting 12,000 students across six comprehensive high schools and three programs of specialized learning. In the last year, the Foundation empowered approximately $250,000 in early college credits through Advanced Placement test funding; brought more than 100 first-generation college students and parents to college campuses; funded nearly $40,000 in innovative grant requests from District 214 educators; supported the post-secondary goals of standout entrepreneurial students; funded scholarships for seniors demonstrating college and career readiness; and supported adult literacy.


10 Best Female Attorney

Miriam Cooper Has Been Nominated and Accepted for Three Years AIOFLA’S 10 Best Female Attorneys in Illinois For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Illinois’s Family Law Attorney Miriam Cooper as Three Years 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction.
The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOFLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOFLA’s independent evaluation. AIOFLA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOFLA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Family Law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria, therefore, focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.

We congratulate Miriam Cooper on this achievement and we are honored to have her as a Three Year AIOFLA Member.


Please join us in congratulating Miriam Cooper

Miriam Cooper Named to the 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers List

We are pleased to announce that Miriam Cooper, at The Law Office of Miriam Cooper & Associates, LLC has been selected to the 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the state.
This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in Illinois.
Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list.

The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes:

  • Peer nominations
  • Independent research by Super Lawyers
  • Evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys

The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both referring attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel.
The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country, as well as the Illinois Super Lawyers Digital Magazine.
For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

Super Lawyer
Influential Women

I am sincerely honored to be recognized as an Influential Women in Business 2017. I know that I couldn’t have gotten here without the terrific team which includes Lawyers Shawn McKenna, Kristin Flanagan, Brandy Wisher, Alysa Feld and my staff Rachel Sara, Joan Wojcik and Ann Roca at The Law Office of Miriam Cooper & Associates, LLC.


Miriam Cooper Has Been Nominated and Accepted as Two Years AIOFLA’S 10 Best in Illinois For Client Satisfaction

Mirriam At St. Mary's Services

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Illinois’s Family Law Attorney Miriam Cooper as Two Years 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOFLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOFLA’s independent evaluation. AIOFLA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOFLA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Family Law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.


Rolling Meadows attorney comes full circle

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Attorney Miriam Cooper stands in front of her art work at her office

Miriam E. Cooper, a Rolling Meadows attorney who made the Illinois Super Lawyers list for the fifth time,stepped down from the school board at Northwest Suburban High School District 214, where she enjoyed making decisions on behalf of children. Children became a running thread throughout her career, as it led from studying art in Paris to graduating from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in art and history and being certified to teach. “I didn’t get a teaching job right away. I instead worked at a commercial credit company, then taught for a couple of years,” said Cooper, 66, who lives in Arlington Heights. As fate would have it, she was lured back to the commercial credit company, met her husband who was a commercial credit manager at another company. She found herself dealing a lot with distressed clients over the years. But each time, she had to hand their files over to a lawyer to handle. That made her think about her own abilities to handle such cases and her future. She decided to become a lawyer. At 34, she went to John Marshall Law School. To help save money during those years, she sewed her own suits and clothes for her daughter. Despite her crazy schedule, her love for art remained and she still painted. She graduated from law school, worked with a bankruptcy judge and then switched to an Arlington Heights law firm. She opened her own firm in 1989 and continues to practice family law, helping kids in divorce cases. She feels like everything has come full circle. She’s dealing with kids again, just like she did as a teacher and volunteer at District 214. And her paintings hang on the walls in her office.


Students Recognition

Former Superintendent Steve Berry, left, Miriam Cooper, former Superintendent Elizabeth Ennis and current Superintendent David Schuler. Cooper, a lawyer office in Rolling Meadow, was also on the board for District 214 for 27 and is now stepping down.


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