Mr. Kooker is a litigation attorney representing clients in municipal, commercial and employment litigation matters in state and federal court, as well as before administrative agencies. He has represented eastern Iowa's cities, counties, and school districts in a variety of matters involving excessive force claims, federal air regulations, First Amendment challenges, open records disputes, environmental enforcement, public employment suits, public utility issues, and negligence actions. He also regularly assists Lynch Dallas's business clients with employment and commercial litigation cases, including breach of contract actions, insurance coverage disputes, discrimination claims, and FMLA, ADA and FLSA matters.
Mr. Kooker is a skilled legal writer with previous work experience in the chambers of two federal district judges. He values communicating a client's position in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner, no matter how complex the legal issue at hand.
- University of Iowa College of Law, (J.D., 2018) with Distinction
- University of Iowa, (B.A., 2015) with Highest Distinction
Active or formerly active in the following organizations:
- Iowa State Bar Association
- Linn County Bar Association
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids (Board of Directors)
- Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association
- Iowa Council of School Board Attorneys
Presentation and Publications
- "2020 Municipal Case Law Update" Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association Annual Conference, November 20, 2020 (with Holly A. Corkery)
- "Online and In Line: Keeping Your Official Social Media Pages Within the Bounds of the Law" East Central Iowa Clerks' Association Spring Meeting, May 12, 2020 (with Patrick J. O'Connell)
- "Hot Topics in Human Resources" Iowa Association of School Personnel Administrators Conference, March 3, 2020 (with Emily K. Ellingson)
- "Topics in School Safety" School Administrators of Iowa School Law Conference, February 11, 2020 (with Brett S. Nitzschke)
- "An Epistemological Argument Against Federal Rule of Evidence 403’s Cumulative Evidence Clause," Iowa Law Review vol. 103
Cases and Experience
- Cooks v Naylor et al. (S.D. Iowa 2020), affirmed (8th Cir. 2021) (obtained summary judgment in favor of county jail officials facing claims of excessive force, retaliation, and free exercise violations).
- McElree v City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, et al., 372 F. Supp 3d 770 (N.D. Iowa 2019), affirmed (8th Cir. 2020) (successful summary judgment for Cedar Rapids police officer on alleged excessive force in 2015 officer involved shooting).
- Heyland v Des Moines County, Iowa, 947 N.W. 2d 664 (Iowa Ct. App. 2020) (successfully defended county against claims of defamation, whistleblower retaliation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress).
- Delaney's Auto v. City of Cascade, Iowa (Iowa Dist. Ct. for Dubuque Cty. 2019) (secured summary judgment in favor of city and its officials over aggrieved business owner's claims of defamation, abuse of process, tortious interference with contracts, and open meetings violations).