Mr. Copeland is a graduate of Dartmouth College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. He is a law school graduate of George Washington University where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1987. He is a litigation attorney specializing in criminal defense (state and federal), with a portion of his practice limited to select civil cases.
In 2007, he was selected by famed Michael Jackson attorney Tom Mesereau to be guest speaker at the inaugural opening of the MEV Legal Clinic in association with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
In 2003, he represented a college professor in the matter In re Charaniya which was one of the Government’s first investigations of a U.S citizen with the use of the Patriot Act. After Mr. Copeland’s extensive representation, his client was cleared of all criminal suspicion and the Government declined to file charges.
Mr. Copeland has lectured both for the Santa Monica and Beverly Hills Police Department in their officer training programs. He has also been a guest speaker at UCLA and Stanford University Law School.
As a television legal commentator, Mr. Copeland has analyzed hundreds of high-profile criminal cases over the last decade. He is currently a legal analyst for CBS News appearing frequently on The Early Show and CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. As a nationally recognized legal expert he has been interviewed by Larry King, Dan Rather, Nancy Grace, Dan Abrams, Catherine Crier, Bill O’Reilly and many others.
He is a member of the California Bar and admitted to practice in both the Central and Southern Districts. He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Committed to excellence and a strong dedication to his clients, Mr. Copeland has consistently been considered as one of California’s premier attorneys.