Dixie W. Cooper

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Nashville, TN

Gideon, Cooper & Essary, PLC
 | 315 Deaderick Street, Suite 1100
Nashville, TN 37238
Phone: 615-254-0400
Fax: 615-254-0459
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense (60%),
  • Health Care (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Dixie W. Cooper is a partner with the Gideon, Cooper & Essary, PLC, law firm in Nashville, Tennessee. Nationally recognized as one of the leading trial lawyers in her state as well as the entire country, Ms. Cooper has achieved considerable success defending the rights and interests of health care providers, physicians and other stakeholders in complex civil litigation involving medical malpractice, professional liability, hospital negligence and personal injury.

Over the course of her more than 25 years in practice, Ms. Cooper has earned a reputation as a tenacious and aggressive trial lawyer who has the ability to successfully handle even the most challenging of cases. She has extensive experience defending her clients against claims of birth injuries, surgical complications, failures to diagnose and other serious grievances, and she has earned numerous awards and honors for her impeccable professionalism and outstanding legal abilities.

Among her most notable accolades, Ms. Cooper holds an AV Preeminent peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell as well as a listing in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Registry of Preeminent Women Lawyers. She has also received consistent designation from The Best Lawyers in America for Defendant Medical Malpractice Law, and ALM Legal Leaders voted her into the list of Top Rated Lawyers in Litigation in 2014.

A 1984 graduate of the University of South Alabama, Ms. Cooper obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1987, where she was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, Omicron Delta Kappa and the Trial Advocacy Board. She holds her license to practice in Alabama, Texas, South Carolina and Tennessee as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

A Fellow with the Nashville Bar Foundation, Ms. Cooper is a member of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court and the American Board of Trial Advocates. She also serves on the board of directors of the Law School Foundation & Trustees for the University of Alabama School of Law's Farrah Law Alumni Society.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (60%)

Health Care (10%)

Civil Litigation (10%)

Personal Injury - General (10%)

Professional Liability (10%)


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Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019

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About Dixie Cooper

Admitted: 1994, Tennessee

Professional Webpage: http://gideoncooper.com/custpage.cfm/frm/162019/sec_id/16201...


  • Top Rated Lawyers in Litigation, ALM Legal Leaders, 2014
  • Member, Trial Advocacy Board, University of Alabama
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Registry of Preeminent Women Lawyers , 2012
  • Tennessee Super Lawyers Mid-South, 2010 - Present
  • Best Lawyers of America, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, 2010 - Present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • United States Supreme Court, 2009
  • United State Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Tennessee, 1994
  • South Carolina, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1990
  • Alabama, 1987
  • Texas, 1988
  • Harry Phillips Inns of Court
  • I am a member of the Texas State Bar and the Alabama State Bar. I am also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and Lawyer's Association for Women in Nashville

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board of Directors of Law School Foundation & Trustees of the Farrah Law Alumni Society, University of Alabama, School of Law
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation


  • Frakes v. Cardiology Consultants, (1997 WL 536949, Tenn. App. 1997)
  • Miller v. Dacus, (231 S.W.3d 903, Tenn. 2007)
  • Howell v. Turner, Tenn, (Court of Appeals 2009)
  • Eluhu v. HCA Health Services, (Tennessee Court of Appeals, 2009)
  • Gordon v. Draughn, Tenn, (Court of Appeals 2009)
  • Stanfield v. Neblett, (339 SW 3d 22 - Tenn: Court of Appeals, Western Section 2010)
  • Evans v. Williams, (Tennessee Court of Appeals, 2014)
  • Woodruff v. Walker, (Tennessee Court of Appeals, 2017)
  • Collins v. HCA Health Services, (Tennessee Court of Appeals, 2016)

Educational Background:

  • University of South Alabama, B.A., 1984
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Office Location for Dixie W. Cooper

315 Deaderick Street
Suite 1100
Nashville, TN 37238

Phone: 615-254-0400

Fax: 615-254-0459

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Last Updated: 9/24/2019

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