Robert Patrick Cooper
Patrick Cooper, senior counsel of Boston’s OneUnited Bank, was recently
elected chairman of the National Bankers Association (NBA). Cooper is
the first Massachusetts banker and attorney to be elected to this
position in the association’s 80-year-old history.
The nation’s oldest and largest banking trade association representing
minority- and women-owned banks, NBA represents bankers from 25 states
and the District of Columbia, and nearly $50 billion in banking assets.
Cooper is the chief legal and regulatory strategist and architect for
OneUnited, the largest African American-owned bank in the country.
Since he joined OneUnited’s management team, it has acquired and turned
around three troubled banks and grown from $56 million to $650 million
in assets, making it the fastest growing African American-owned bank in
As a corporate attorney for over 20 years, Cooper has engaged in a
broad range of business transactions, and has represented numerous
small entrepreneurial startups as well as large international concerns.
Prior to joining OneUnited, he honed his practice skills with the law
firm of Hale and Dorr.
During his tenure, OneUnited Bank has also been widely recognized as
one of the leading African American-owned banks in the country. In
2000, Black Enterprise magazine named OneUnited its Financial Company
of the Year.
Most recently, Cooper has been invited to testify before the U.S. House
Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
regarding the role of minority banks and federal regulators’ compliance
with Section 308 of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and
Enforcement Act of 1989.
As NBA chairman, Cooper plans to pursue an aggressive legislative
agenda designed to help ensure minority banking can grow and prosper,
and continue to serve as a beacon of hope to minorities in rural and
urban communities across the country.
Admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia,
Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale College and a
juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School.