Mr. Cope was born in El Paso, Texas. He has lived in Tennessee since 1989. He attended The University of Tennessee and received a B.S. in Business/Marketing (with Honors) in 1995. Mr. Cope received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Tennessee College of Law (Cum Laude) in 1999. He is married to Kimberly Ann Cope of Knoxville, Tennessee, who is a second grade school teacher.
Mr. Cope is a shareholder in the firm and has worked for the firm since 1998. He has focused his practice on civil litigation and appellate work (plaintiffs and defendants). The main focus of his practice is litigation. His practices includes insurance defense, product liability, personal injury, construction defect, building design/engineering liability and insurance coverage. He represents individuals, insurance companies, self-insureds, employers, manufacturers, and service providers.
Mr. Cope has tried both jury and non-jury cases throughout the state of Tennessee. He has handled several state and national class action lawsuits. Mr. Cope’s practice also includes workers’ compensation, fire and arson claims, landlord/tenant, corporate, contract, and commercial law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Defense Research Institute and the Tennessee Bar Association.
Mr. Cope has written material for and presented continuing legal education seminars on a variety of legal topics, including construction defect law, uninsured motorist law, insurance coverage and ethics. He was a staff member of the journal: Transactions, The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, where he was also the author of the published synopses: Man O’ War Restaurants, Inc. v. Martin.