Douglas A. Copeland


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f   314-726-2361

Douglas A. Copeland is a founding member of the firm.  He primarily practices in the fields of education law, estate planning, probate and trust administration, commercial real estate transactions and corporate/business law.

Mr. Copeland currently serves as general counsel to the Webster Groves School District, Missouri Baptist University and Missouri Baptist Children’s Home.  He formerly served as general counsel for Missouri Baptist Medical Center, the Rockwood School District, the Valley Park School District, and the Cooperating School Districts of the St. Louis Suburban Area.  For many years, Mr. Copeland has served as local counsel for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in the Eastern District of Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois.  Mr. Copeland currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and as a member of the Boards of Trustees of BJC Health System, Missouri Baptist Healthcare Foundation, a private charitable foundation, and Kirkwood Baptist Church.  He also serves as a member of the Executive, Governance & Nomination, Audit and Community Benefit Committees of BJC, and the Planned Giving Council of the St. Louis Art Museum. Mr. Copeland served on the Missouri State Public Defender Commission from 2008 until 2016, serving as Chair from 2011 until 2016, and the ABA Missouri Death Penalty Assessment Team, 2010-12.

Bar Admissions



United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

The Missouri Bar (President, 2005-06; Board of Governors, 1996-2007)

American Bar Association (House of Delegates, 2009-13; Life Fellow)

St. Louis County Bar Association (President, 1988)

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

MSBA Council of School Attorneys (Board of Directors, Chair)

NSBA Council of School Attorneys

Estate Planning Council of St. Louis

Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow)

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Young Lawyer of St. Louis County Award, 1987

Young Lawyers’ Section Council of The Missouri Bar, 1982-92; Chair 1990

The Missouri Bar President’s Awards, 2002 & 2007

John C. Shepherd Graduation Speaker for the St. Louis University School of Law, 2007

Director’s Award, Missouri State Public Defender System, 2007

Dudley C. Dunlop Distinguished Service Award from the St. Louis County Bar Association, 2008

The Missouri Bar Pro Bono Award, 2014


J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, 1980

B.A. Mathematics, University of Missouri at Columbia, 1977

Webster Groves High School, 1974