AJ is an attorney at Cooper & Bilbrey, P.C. in Mount Pleasant, SC. Cooper & Bilbrey, P.C. is a law firm providing services in maritime law, business litigation, and other civil legal matters. AJ received his juris doctor from the Charleston School of Law and obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN shortly after marrying his best friend, Elizabeth.
After undergraduate, AJ enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served on active duty for four years and was awarded the Coast Guard Achievement Medal for superior performance as a tactical coxswain at the search and rescue station in New London, CT. After his military service, AJ decided to take advantage of the military’s educational benefits and was accepted into law school where he performed about 360 hours of pro bono work under the school’s motto of pro bono populi, or “For the good of the people.” During his tenure at law school, AJ served as President and Treasurer of the Student Bar Association and was awarded a certificate of merit for outstanding performance. It was through his role as President and his wife, employed as a pediatric occupational therapist at Tri-County Therapy, that he met Clap Your Hands founder Sue Desautels and became a board member.
Additionally, AJ is a licensed boat captain and member of the South Eastern Admiralty Law Institute and the Maritime Association of South Carolina. Underlying his commitment to service lies his true passion of spending time with his wife, daughter, and their animals, two dogs and a pig named Olaf. AJ has a long held belief that service to others is time well spent and joined Clap Your Hands because he believes in Sue’s vision and mission statement and that the organization will truly provide help to those in need.