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Shawn A. Copeland

  • 704.439.4441
  • Shawn@copelandrichards.com

Shawn brings to the firm a depth of experience handling a diverse array of civil litigation ranging from commercial contract and corporate governance disputes for small to medium-sized businesses, to complex “bet the company” toxic tort and environmental lawsuits for multinational corporations.  He concentrates his practice on business and commercial litigation and tort claims (including business torts, premises liability and personal injury claims).  He is a 1990 cum laude graduate of Washington & Lee University, and a 1995 cum laude graduate of the Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he served as president of the Student Bar Association.  Shawn has served as a staff aide to a United States senator, a law clerk to a federal judge, and a litigation associate for a national law firm.  

AREAS OF PRACTICE
• Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
• Caveats/Estate Litigation
• Contracts
• Construction
• Business Litigation
• Insurance Litigation

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

In 2000, Shawn was selected as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year by the Virginia State Bar. 

BAR ADMISSIONS
• North Carolina, 2007
• U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 2007
• U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 2007
• Virginia, 1995
• Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal

EDUCATION
• Washington & Lee University
• J.D., cum laude - 1995
• Washington & Lee University 
• B.A., cum laude - 1990

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
• Member of the Bar for the U. S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
• Member of the Bar for the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
• Member of the North Carolina State Bar
• Member of the North Carolina Bar Association
• Member of the Mecklenburg County Bar
• Member of the American Inns of Court
• Member of the State Bar of Virginia 

PRO BONO ACTIVITIES
• Board Member and Legal Counsel, Davidson Housing Coalition

• Board Member and Legal Counsel, Team Summit Foundation

PERSONAL
• Shawn and his wife live in Davidson with their two children. 

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