H. Wayne Cooper

USA: Oklahoma

Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson LLP
Williams Center Tower II
Two West Second Street, Suite 700
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, 74103-3117

Tel: +1 918 591 5228
Fax: +1 918 591 5360

Email: hwcooper@dsda.com
Web: www.dsda.com

H. Wayne Cooper specializes in the sale and purchase of multi-million dollar companies, as well as public and private offerings for clients in a wide variety of industries. He works with clients in the areas of securities, corporate and partnership financing, franchising law, mergers and acquisitions and oil and gas.

Wayne is a sought-after lecturer on the subject of limited liability companies, corporate finance and exemptions from registration. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law and is the co-author of a widely used Oklahoma-based book, Business Organizations, Vernon’s Oklahoma Forms 2d.

Prior to law school, Wayne served four years in the United States Air Force as a development engineer and was discharged as a Captain in 1972. After law school, he served as law clerk for the Honorable William J. Holloway, Jr., Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Wayne started with the firm in 1976 and currently serves as leader of the Corporate/Securities practice group.


Co-Author, Business Organizations, Vernon’s Oklahoma Forms 2d, Vols. 3A, 3B and 3C (West Group)

– Represented an oil and gas company in its sale of an aggregate of $220 million of leasehold interests and minerals to nationally recognized energy companies in three separate transactions over a period of 18 months.

– Represented a construction company in its sale of assets to another Oklahoma City-based construction company in a transaction valued in excess of $6 million.

– Represented an engineering company in (1) the owner’s purchase of a majority of LLC membership interests from a nationally recognized energy company in a transaction valued in excess of $6 million, and (2) the company’s sale, design and construction of an oil and gas-related facility to a middle eastern country in a transaction valued in excess of $75 million.

– Represented a construction company in its sale of assets to a Kansas-based construction company in a transaction valued in excess of $5 million.

– Represented an Austin-based software development company in the preparation of a private offering memorandum in connection with the company’s offer and sale of an aggregate of $4 million in LLC membership interests to investors.

– Represented a grocery store chain in its acquisition of a company through a forward triangular merger, and related ESOP and corporate transactions valued in excess of $8 million.

– Represented an oil and gas company in the preparation of private offering memoranda in connection with the company’s offer and sale of an aggregate of $6 million in LLC membership interests to investors in two separate drilling funds.

We have a broad range of experience in securities and related legal corporate matters. In the placement of public and private securities offerings, Doerner represents startup companies, Fortune 100 companies, joint ventures, Internet companies and international manufacturing distribution companies. Our clients include companies in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and throughout the state, as well as national companies that do business in Oklahoma. Our lawyers also assist with venture capital and private equity financing, and offer the full range of counseling necessary for Securities and Exchange Commission registration and compliance. Startup and Fortune 100 companies, family owned businesses and partnerships, developers and Indian tribes, public trusts and municipalities – all appreciate the immediate and long-term value Doerner lawyers add to their purchase, sale, financing and infrastructure transactions. Our corporate/securities lawyers are known by energy, manufacturing, banking, real estate, technology, aviation and other clients as experienced, service-driven, easy to do business with and focused on client goals to get deals done – timely, efficiently and cost-effectively.

We take the time to master the details, are always available to answer questions, and staff each matter so that the lawyers’ experience aligns with the issues and opportunities.

A particular strength of Doerner is that in every transaction, we have the lawyers who know both the law and the business issues as they involve the Oklahoma economy. Because we don’t have to research and familiarize ourselves with unique local and regional concerns at a client’s expense, we add value on day-one, providing answers and innovative solutions as we hit the ground running. Doerner lawyers come to the firm and stay at the firm, so we share history with our business clients that is invaluable to them over time. As we continue to develop knowledge and insights about our clients, we provide comprehensive, consistent advice that supports long-term relationships built on trust, shared goals and mutual understanding.

Founded in Indian Territory in 1896, our law firm predates statehood by more than a decade – and from the beginning, Doerner lawyers were leaders who were helping to shape our region. The role that our rich history plays in today’s contemporary society and business world is evident in the depth of experience and get-it-done attitude that every lawyer brings to the table. We have always had the vision and know-how to make things happen for our clients.

Doerner lawyers build on the foundation of strong client relationships established by our predecessors. We have represented many clients for decades, helping them grow, survive economic and other hardships, and thrive during boom times regardless of where their business interests take them.

Throughout our history, we have been servant leaders. For many years, Doerner lawyers have been tapped for high profile appointments in regional and national government agencies, many to later become judges, serve in a governmental capacity or take top representative positions in major businesses and industries. A service ethic permeates our firm today and is evidenced by our lawyers’ passionate commitment to civic and charitable boards and organizations.

Doerner is a member of Meritas, a global alliance of independent, full-service law firms. The alliance provides clients the ability to connect to the best local counsel possible, whether in the United States or abroad. Selection to participate as a Meritas affiliate does not come easy, as the organization only invites its members to join after a rigorous evaluation of the firm’s high standards of quality and excellence. We are proud to have met Meritas’ exceptional qualifications and serve as one of the two Meritas affiliates in Oklahoma.

“Practice head Wayne Cooper is lauded by one source as an “excellent, very experienced corporate lawyer who has a strong reputation in the community.” He offers extensive experience in purchases and sales of large businesses, securities offerings and partnership financing.”
Chambers & Partners, 2017