Mr. Copeland has worked with Taylor Martino since February 2001. He is primarily responsible for the firm’s legal research, brief writing, motion practice, and appeals. Mr. Copeland has briefed and orally argued numerous matters in state and federal trial courts across the country. He has also filed appellate briefs in many state and federal appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. He has orally argued in the Supreme Court of Alabama, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, the Florida First District Court of Appeal, and the U. S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Eleventh Circuits. He has been selected to Alabama Super Lawyers, and Mid-South Super Lawyers in the area of appellate practice. He is peer-review rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.
After law school, Mr. Copeland served as law clerk for Judge Richard L. Holmes of the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. He later served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama and as the chief trial lawyer for the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office. In 1999, Mr. Copeland was named a Special Assistant Attorney General and in that capacity successfully represented several Mobile County Circuit Judges in a mandamus proceeding before the Alabama Supreme Court. Mr. Copeland is married to the former Linda Dorough. He has one daughter and three grandchildren. Mr. Copeland enjoys spending time with his dog, reading, walking, target shooting, and following University of Alabama sports.
Bar Admissions: Alabama U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit Supreme Court of the United States
Education: The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1975 J.D. Honors: Hugo L. Black Scholar University of South Alabama, 1972 B.A. Major: Political Science
Professional Associations and Memberships: Alabama State Bar Member Member, Board of Editors, The Alabama Lawyer (the official publication of the Alabama State Bar) Mobile Bar Association Member South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association Member Alabama Association for Justice Member Amicus Curiae Committee Member, 2003 -2005 Alabama Supreme Court Standing Advisory Committee on Rules of Procedure for the Court of the Judiciary and the Judicial Inquiry Commission Member, 2001 – 2007