Lawrence Cooper was city attorney for Birmingham from his appointment by Mayor Larry Langford in December 2007 until Langford fired him in June 2009. He had previously served as chief assistant city attorney under Bernard Kincaid.
Cooper's office had been criticized for being slow to apply to the Department of Justice for approval of a change in the date of the 2009 Birmingham City Council election, which was required in order to comply with federal law. The approval came just in time to avoid reversing the change. He was fired by Langford shortly after he delivered copies of a proposed contract for architectural services for the city's planned domed stadium which were marked "draft", prompting the Council to table the issue until final versions could be reviewed.
- Wolfson, Hannah (December 19, 2007) "Birmingham City Council hires outside lawyers; Mayor Larry Langford announces hiring of city attorney." Birmingham News
- Bryant, Joseph D. (July 1, 2009) "Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford fires city attorney, calls department inefficient, sloppy." Birmingham News