Dara Cooley concentrates her practice in casualty law, primarily defending premises liability claims, auto claims, and personal injuries, as well as civil rights litigation. She is a member of the Florida and American Bar Associations; co-chair of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, Mentorship Program; and board member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Young Lawyer Division.
Ms. Cooley graduated magna cum laude from Stetson University College of Law, magna cum laude from the University of South Florida, and worked six years as an educator with the Hillsborough County School District prior to attending law school.
While at Stetson, Ms. Cooley interned for the Honorable Elizabeth A. Kovachevich at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and prosecuted as a certified legal intern at the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, State Attorney's Office. She earned the Victor O. Wehle Trial Advocacy Award, William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award, received the highest grade designation in Negotiation and Mediation, and served as the Stetson Chapter President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.
Prior to joining Williams Schifino, Ms. Cooley served as judicial staff counsel to the Honorable Michelle Sisco, the Honorable William Levens, and the Honorable Christopher Sabella at the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.
Ms. Cooley is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida and U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.