Michael Cooper

Managing Member, MadisonJay Solutions LLC

Michael Cooper is the co-founder and managing member of MadisonJay Solutions, LLC. MadisonJay was founded by executives of a leading provider of compliance solutions for alcohol producers, MHW, Ltd. Drawing on their experience in the alcohol industry as well as legal practice advising companies in a wide-range of regulated and non-regulated industries on their compliance systems, MadisonJay helps clients navigate the complex web of ever-evolving regulations that face a nascent industry like adult-use cannabis. It does so by helping clients understand the risks they face, and by designing and continually updating customized compliance solutions to address those risks.

A lawyer by training, Michael makes it MadisonJay’s mission to provide practical, actionable information and advice to its clients. He draws on his prior regulatory and securities law practices, as well as his work in the beverage alcohol industry, to help MadisonJay’s clients navigate the regulatory thicket. After graduating Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Michael began his career serving as a law clerk to a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. After his clerkship, Michael spent more than five years litigating at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, frequently named one of the nation’s best law firms. At Cravath, Michael counseled numerous Fortune 500 companies on their compliance programs and defended them before a myriad of regulatory agencies. He also frequently provided regulatory risk assessments for mergers and financing deals. Though his broad practice spanned the gamut of industries, Michael advised companies that operate in a variety of highly regulated spaces including pharmaceuticals and banking.

After Cravath, Michael joined MHW, Ltd., the leading provider of solutions for alcohol producers. As General Counsel of MHW, Michael brought the same creative problem-solving ethos to bear. Michael also writes frequently on cannabis-related topics. His articles have been published in a variety of sources, from industry publications to academic journals. For example, his 2018 article “Safe Streets Alliance & the Tenth Amendment: Intrastate Cannabis Markets, Interstate Authority & Political Consequences,” highlighting litigation threats to the legal marijuana industry and the constitutional limits on a potential federal crackdown, was published in Vol. 18, Issue 2 of the U.C. Davis Business Law Journal. Michael can be reached at mcooper@madisonjaysolutions.com.