Dr. Lisa Cooper, an emergency room doctor in Houston who is married to Gibbs & Bruns associate Matthew Cooper, got a chance to use her skills on U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey when he collapsed on Nov. 20 while giving a speech in Washington, D.C. The Coopers and Gibbs & Bruns partner Jeffrey Kubin were at a Federalist Society banquet last Thursday night, where Mukasey was speaking. Kubin says Mukasey collapsed at about 10:15 p.m., after talking for about 15 or 20 minutes. “He looks a little funny, starts to slur his words, and collapses to the stage,” Kubin says in describing how Mukasey acted before he fell to the floor. Kubin says Lisa Cooper ran up to the stage from their table at the back of the room, and she treated him until paramedics arrived about 30 minutes later. She also rode with Mukasey to the hospital in the ambulance, Kubin says, and then, about 45 minutes later, returned to the hotel where he and the Coopers were staying for the Federalist Society convention. Mukasey left the hospital the next day, and Justice Department officials characterized his illness as a fainting spell. Matthew Cooper referred a call about the incident to Kubin, who says Lisa Cooper cannot discuss her treatment of Mukasey. But Kubin says “she was quite the star of the show, ” because she apparently was the only doctor in attendance at the banquet.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys