Dean Cooper has a general administrative and civil practice with emphasis on public utility law. He has appeared extensively before the Missouri Public Service Commission, as well as before both state and federal courts (trial and appellate level) and many administrative bodies. Dean is a member of the Energy Bar Association and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Energy Law. He previously was a Judge Advocate with the United States Army.
Consider the following:
Comfort Level - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
Credentials - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
Cost - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
City - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
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