Address: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Contact W. Waylan Cooper
W. Waylan Cooper
Waylan was born and raised in Calico Rock, Arkansas, a small town in North Central Arkansas on the beautiful White River. Waylan spent most of his youth in the outdoors, raising cattle, driving a tractor, hunting and fishing. Waylan knew he wanted to become an attorney at an early age, after accompanying his grandmother to visit her lawyer when he was 12. Impressed with the way the attorney was so caring, listened intently to his grandmother, and then simply communicated a potential solution to her problem, he set his sights on a career in law.
Waylan found bankruptcy law soon after graduating from law school and working for a large creditor firm. Dissatisfied, Waylan switched to the debtor side at the earliest opportunity. Consumer debtor bankruptcy strongly appealed to Waylan, because he all too well knew what his clients were feeling. “We never had much growing up, so I understand there being too much month at the end of the money” Waylan recalls. “Judgments, garnishments, as well as harassing collections calls, scare the heck out of ordinary, working people. I take pride in easing my clients’ stress and worry, letting them know it’s going to be OK, and now there is someone on their side”.
When Waylan is not practicing law, he enjoys relaxing at home with his wife Shirley and just relishes being “Daddy” to his son Will who just turned 9 and “Pop Pop” to Isabella, who is 3.
State of Arkansas
U. S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
U. S. District Court Western District of Arkansas
U. S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
B.A., Arkansas State University, 1991
J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1998
Professional Associations and Memberships
Arkansas Bar Association – Member
Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) – Member
Debtor-Creditor Bar of Central Arkansas – Member
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) – Member