Robert G. Copeland - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
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Robert G. Copeland

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1987
Phone: 858-720-7407

Occidental CollegeAB 1963University of Southern California Law CenterJ.D. 1966

Client Comments

"Bob is an excellent attorney with very good judgement, great intelligence, and strong dedication. I have worked with him for about 25 years."

-John Thornton
Mitek Systems Inc.

"I have known and been a client of Robert Copeland for over 30 years. My loyalty to him is based upon a number of factors that follow: A Lawyer's Lawyer. Bob is highly respected by a wide range of legal professionals for his integrity and solid thinking. He applies outstanding judgment to his legal training and experience. He is a "go-to" person for a wide range of needs. Self-effacing. Bob puts his clients first. If there is a better person for the job, you get that recommendation. He always follows up to make sure needs are being met. Honesty. Bob tells it like it is, whether the news is good or bad. He follows with reasoned approaches and how to make them work. Plain talk. He translates complicated legal jargon and cases into language that a layman can readily comprehend. Complex issues are boiled down to options and action steps with recommendations of best course of action. Available. There has never been a time in over three decades that I can not reach Bob in very short order. He even called me once in the middle of a vacation on the same day. Importance. I'm not a huge client, but I feel like one. Bob puts his clients' interest first and treats them like valued friends. In my experience, he is absolutely one of the best lawyers and persons in the business of law. Resources. Because Bob is widely respected he has a select list of qualified resources in a variety of disciplines. If he doesn't know the answer himself, he knows the very best resources to get the problem or issue handled quickly and efficiently. "

-Kenneth Smith
Kenneth C. Smith Advertising

"Mr. Copeland has been, for well over a decade now, our Company's lawyer of choice for all of our business and legal matters. Mr. Copeland's enormous legal acumen is only surpassed by his warm, personal, and thoughtful consideration of his client's needs and well being. I can honestly say that I consider Mr. Copeland more than a lawyer. I consider him a dear friend. "

-Paul Epner
EPN Licensing

"Mr. Copeland has acted as counsel for both the Company I currently lead and many others in the past years. His capacities in all areas of business law are without peer - especially in the critical area of Mergers and Acquisitions. He has supervised these transactions for us - both when we acted as the acquiring entity and as the selling entity - in dozens of instances. His unique negotiating skills, outstanding ability to understand the critical business involved, extraordinary insight, and ceaseless energy have been invaluable. Mr. Copeland is simply the finest in his area of specialty. "

-Dale Johnson
TAG National

"We work with Bob and his team in a true partnering arrangement on Merger & Acquisition transactions. A few of their key capabilities, among many, that come to mind are their relevant expertise, their reliability, and their ability to deliver on their original commitment. We feel we have a highly capable legal support partner with Duane Morris, and their approach incorporates an ability to incorporate business principles and elements into their legal guidance and advice. We look forward to building our mutually beneficial relationship for the foreseeable future. "

"Bob Copeland was the key player in the acquisition of our company by a Fortune 200 company. The acquiring corporation owns hundreds of companies and has a well-oiled process; we were learning on the fly. Bob leveled the playing field on our behalf and was involved every step of the way. The ultimate testimony to his contributions is that the deal was win-win for both sides. Five years later, there have been no negative ramifications attributable to the deal he crafted. He protected our interests even as he earned the respect of the acquiring company as well. "

"Bob Copeland has been coordinating our company legal strategies for over 15 years. During this time, we have experienced phenomenal growth, both domestically and globally. Bob has been right there by our side through all of it, making sure that we had access to the best specialists for every situation. We value the fact that Bob's extensive background means that he frequently identifies the potential for an issue well before an actual occurrence. This has allowed us to be proactive rather than reactive. Bob is incredibly responsive and his integrity is beyond reproach. All of this combined with tremendous communication skills makes Bob Copeland the perfect Corporate Attorney for T-Systems International."

-Barbara Wight
T-Systems International, Inc.

Office Location

12275 El Camino Real, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92130
United States

Practice Areas

Corporate Law (Corporate Finance, General Corporate, Leveraged Buyouts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate, Venture Capital)
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (Leveraged Buyouts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Venture Capital)
Venture Capital Law (Private Equity)