Carey Cooper (JD ’81), CEO of L3 Hospitality Group, met with law students enrolled in Loyola’s Business Law Clinic this fall at Cooper’s new restaurant, Lyfe Kitchen, to talk about—well, life. While the student clinicians dined on edamame hummus, guacamole, and an assortment of flatbread pizzas at Lyfe, which opened on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus at the corner of State and Pearson in April 2016, Cooper offered solid life and career advice: Be passionate about what you do, take chances, stay connected to your family and community, and appreciate your law degree for its versatility. Cooper earned his undergraduate degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois and his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he was a member of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal. After a brief career as a corporate associate, Cooper left the practice of law to pursue a business career. In addition to his latest restaurant venture, he has started, managed, and sold companies that source and sell fresh produce to restaurant chains.
“Carey Cooper is a lifelong entrepreneur and an excellent example of a Loyola law graduate who has achieved great success pursuing a nontraditional career path,” says Shelley Dunck, Loyola’s Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Clinical Professor of Business Law and director of the Business Law Clinic. “We’re delighted to welcome him back to campus and look forward to working closely with him as a business advisor to our students.”