Jon Cooper concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, land use and zoning, regulatory compliance and development, public–private partnerships, and government relations.
Jon spent 20 years with the Metropolitan Nashville Government serving in various legal and administrative capacities. He assisted chairs of the Metro Council Budget and Finance Committee with the preparation of the annual operating budget for the Metro Government, provided an analysis of all debt transactions, and assisted with the redistricting of political boundaries.
His accomplishments as Director of Law include negotiating the Nashville Predators’ long term lease extension at Bridgestone Arena and the stadium lease and development agreement for the Nashville SC Major League Soccer team.
Jon has spent 20 years working in and around virtually all aspects of local government including zoning, land development, contract negotiation, legislation, municipal finance, public-private partnerships, and litigation oversight. Jon has drafted hundreds of pieces of legislation over the years, including many of the Metropolitan Zoning Code provisions. Jon has also assisted with numerous municipal debt issuances, including general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, and commercial paper.
As the Metro Director of Law, Jon was instrumental in negotiating and obtaining Metro Sports Authority, Fair Board, and Council approval of the transactions necessary to bring the Nashville SC Major League Soccer (MLS) team to Nashville. This included the issuance of general obligation and revenue bonds for the construction of the new soccer stadium at the Fairgrounds Nashville, as well as the negotiation and approval of a ground lease, stadium lease, and mixed-use development lease at the Fairgrounds. Jon also helped negotiate and present a new 30-year lease agreement between the city and the Nashville Predators for the use of, and improvements to, Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville, which was unanimously approved by the Metro Sports Authority.
Professional Recognition and Activities
- Best of the Bar, Nashville Business Journal, 2018, 2019
- “In Charge” List, Nashville Post, 2014-2019
- Nashville Bar Association
- Tennessee Bar Association
- Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, 2017-2018
- Tennessee County Attorneys Association, Former President and Member of Board of Directors
- Leadership Nashville, 2006-2007
Jon resides in Nashville with his wife and children. He is an accomplished violinist, having once been a professional musician. He is also an avid hiker.