Jon. M. Cope is the managing partner for the firm. Jon began working with the firm in 1998. He has devoted his practice to being a trial attorney and is highly regarded by his clients and peers as one of the most effective trial attorneys in Tennessee. Jon’s legal skills have been recognized by his peers as excellent by being rated AV-Preeminent Peer Review by Martindale-Hubbell. Jon was born in El Paso, Texas and mainly grew up outside of Chicago, Illinois. He has lived in Tennessee for over 25 years and married an east Tennessean, Kimberly Ann Cope.
Jon’s practice has been primarily focused on civil litigation and appellate work (plaintiffs and defendants). It includes insurance defense, professional liability, building design/engineering liability, construction defect, personal injury, product liability and contract disputes. Further, he works closely with insurance companies and individuals regarding opinions on insurance coverage for a wide variety of coverage issues and situations. He represents individuals, insurance companies, self-insureds, employers, manufacturers, general contractors and service providers.
He has successfully tried both jury and non-jury cases throughout the State of Tennessee. He has represented numerous clients with successful appeals, including several with the Tennessee Supreme Court. He has also handled several state and national class action lawsuits. Jon’s strategy when initially taking a case, is to immediately begin aggressively and strategically preparing it for trial from day one. However, at the same time, he believes it is imperative to be constantly evaluating any valid opportunities for any potential early resolution if it is in the best interest of his client.
Jon is also a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Civil Mediator. He maintains an active practice mediating civil cases. Jon’s extensive background and experience with personal injury matters is a benefit for all parties during the mediation process. Further, his experience with construction matters and especially insurance coverage issues has been found to be extremely beneficial for all parties during the mediation process for those types of cases.
Jon has written and presented material for continuing legal education seminars on a variety of legal topics, including construction defect law, uninsured motorist law, insurance coverage (commercial/personal) and legal ethics.
He and his lovely wife Kimberly have one beautiful daughter, Addison Grace (Addie) and a golden retriever, Milo. He enjoys spending time with his family, attending sporting events (especially UT games), playing golf, tailgating at UT football games and smoking BBQ. Finally, Jon is a huge Chicago Cubs fan and still to this day gets excited recalling his attendance at games 6 and 7 of the 2016 World Series. Go Cubs Go!