General Counsel -Matthew Cooper
Office of General Counsel
University of Alaska P.O. Box 755160 Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
Matthew Cooper was named the university's General Counsel following the retirement of General Counsel Michael Hostina in June of 2020.
Cooper joined the Office of the General Counsel in December 2011 as associate general counsel. He has been lead counsel on many key issues including university athletics, contracts, facilities management and other matters affecting the university.
Before joining the university, Cooper was in private practice in the Anchorage and Fairbanks offices of Guess & Rudd. Cooper also serves on the Fairbanks North
Star Borough Assembly and, prior to accepting the General Counsel position, he was
that body’s presiding officer. He has resigned that position effective May 31 but will remain an assembly member.
Cooper was born in Seattle and grew up in Fairbanks, attending Lathrop High School. He attended college at the University of Puget Sound and graduated law school from the University of Washington, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in politics and government and his Juris Doctorate. Cooper is a member of both the Washington State and Alaska bar associations.