Atlanta lawyer James W Copeland has helped numerous business clients resolve claims and disputes in state and federal courts in Georgia and other states during more than 20 years of private practice.

James was born in Durham, North Carolina and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. James earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Nashville, Tennessee in 1988, Chi Epsilon, Pi Kappa Alpha. Between engineering school and law school, James worked as a project engineer on marine, highway, bridge, and utility construction projects in Florida and Maryland, and passed the E.I.T. engineering exam.

James studied law at the Duke University School of Law, where he was a staff editor on the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, receiving his J.D. degree in 1995. James is admitted to practice in all courts of the State of Georgia, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh and Federal Circuits, the United States Federal Court of Claims, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. James has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice in specific cases in state and federal courts in Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.

James has prosecuted claims for government contractors in the Federal Court of Claims, and in before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the General Services Administration Board of Contract Appeals, and the Veterans Administration Board of Contract Appeals. James has also advised and supported clients in interstate and international matters involving other jurisdictions.

James was an equity member at Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP in Atlanta before opening his own firm in 2011. James has been married since 1995 and is a member of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, the State Bar of Georgia, and the American Bar Association. Recommended charities include the women’s and children’s shelter at Seven Bridges to Recovery.org.

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Attorney James W. Copeland

Attorney James W. Copeland

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