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Winning a case for my client is about a mind set, it is also about focus, and preparation. You just can't cut corners if you want to do a good job. I believe that if an attorney has a problem with working long hours or if they want to play a lot of golf, they are in the wrong line of work. So, the "big secret" to our success is, simply, hard work.

Our practice concentrates on helping people obtain justice for serious injuries sustained in cases involving railroad crossing accidents, truck accidents, car accidents, brain/head injury, or wrongful death. We have helped people in some of the most serious cases in the whole United States. We work to help you and your family through troubled times, whether it involves a serious car accident, or a criminal charge. These problems can be devastating for an entire family and, as important as your legal problems might be, we understand that there are often other issues you may be even more concerned about at the time.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Auto Accident
  • Brain Injuries
  • Commercial Truck Accidents
  • Construction Site Accident
  • General Accident
  • Motorcycle Accident
  • Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Railroad Accident
  • Slip and Fall
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • SUV Rollovers
  • Tractor Trailer Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Workers' Compensation

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Call The Copeland Law Firm today at 573-837-1861 to arrange your initial consultation.

Attorney Profiles

Attorney L. G. Copeland
Founder and Principal Trial Attorney

L. G. Copeland received both his Juris Doctorate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He has practiced continuously throughout the state of Missouri since being admitted to the bar in 1984 and is a member of the Missouri Bar, the America Bar Association, and the Boone County Bar Association. Mr. Copeland practices in the United States District Court in both the Western and Eastern Divisions (Federal Courts). He is also admitted to practice in all Circuit and Appellate Courts in Missouri, and has tried cases before the Missouri Supreme Court. Mr. Copeland is a long standing member of the Hall of Fame of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA) and is also a long standing member of the American Association for Justice.

Mr. Copeland concentrates his practice in seeking justice for people at trial in cases involving wrongful death or serious injury, and Mr. Copeland never represents insurance companies. Mr. Copeland is also experienced and knowledgeable in Brain Injury and Head Trauma cases. Mr. Copeland also maintains a general civil practice and is experienced in the areas of corporate and business law, as well as criminal law.

Jurisdictions:

  • Missouri, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri

Education:

  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA), Hall of Fame Member
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member Since 1984
  • The Missouri Bar, Member Since 1984
  • The American Bar Association, Member Since 1984
  • The Boone County Bar Association, Member Since 1984
  • Brain Injury Association of Missouri, Member

Attorney Ernie S. Ueligger

Ernie S. Ueligger received his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Missouri, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia, Missouri. He is a member of the Missouri Bar, American Bar Association and the Boone County Bar Association. Mr. Ueligger focuses his practice primarily in the areas of business law, estate planning, probate law, and personal injury cases. 

Jurisdictions:

  • Missouri

Education:

  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Central Missouri

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Boone County Bar Association, Member
  • Missouri Bar, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Verdicts & Settlements

RAILROAD CROSSING ACCIDENTS

(Confidential Parties)
Railroad Crossing
A child was killed and a young boy suffered a head/brain injury after being struck by a train at a crossing in central Missouri. This case resulted in a $15 Million settlement one week before trial.

Williams vs. Norfolk Southern Railroad
Railroad Crossing
In central Missouri, a woman and her 16 year old daughter were killed after being struck by a train at a crossing in central Missouri. A wrongful death case was filed on behalf of the surviving husband and children against the railroad. This case resulted in a confidential settlement before trial.

AUTO ACCIDENTS

Humphrey vs. The United States of America
Automobile Accident
In Northern Missouri, a man was struck head-on when a vehicle driven by the U. S. Department of Interior crossed the center line. The man sustained serious injuries with short-term memory loss. His wife also made a claim for loss of services. Mr. Copeland took this case to trial in Federal Court in St. Louis. After a lengthy trial, the Court found in favor for our clients in the amount of $6.7 Million.

Vandeventer vs. Cooper
At the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, our client was injured when his vehicle was hit head-on in late 2010.  He suffered a mild head injury and broken bone in his leg.  He experienced short-term memory loss after the accident.  The defense argued that there was no significant brain injury, but our experts disagreed.  Mr. Copeland employed top experts in the fields of Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychiatry to make the case that there was, in fact, a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Suit was filed in Camden County and the case settled for the total policy limits of $1 Million.

Shaffer vs. Contratto
In the spring of  2012,  a driver lost control of his vehicle when he swerved to avoid a bicyclist near Macon, Missouri.  Our client was a passenger and was thrown from the vehicle and sustained serious injuries to her pelvis as well as numerous, internal injuries.  We made claims against both the driver and his employer.  Unfortunately, the driver and his employer had insurance with relatively low policy limits.  The case settled for the total policy limits of $300,000.00.

Ramos vs. Freddy Vans, Inc.
Automobile Accident
In southeast Kansas, a woman passenger suffered serious injury to her right arm when a van collided with an automobile. This case was filed in Federal Court in Kansas City, Kansas. The case settled the policy limits of $1 Million before trial.

Haney vs. Covey
In Springfield, Missouri, a middle aged man was driving home from work when a car traveling in the opposite direction lost control, traveled across a wide median and struck his car. The man eventually had to have his right ankle fused. This case was ultimately settled for the entire policy limits of $500,000.00.

LARGE TRUCK ACCIDENTS

Large Truck Accident
(Confidential Parties)
In northeast Missouri, a large truck struck an automobile containing children on their way to school, killing an 8 year old girl. This case resulted in a settlement with a total payout of approximately $3.5 Million in St. Louis.

Prudhomme vs. Darrel Snow, Inc
A semi-truck failed to check the trailer connection before heading down I-70 in St. Charles, Missouri. About five miles down the highway, the trailer disengaged and crashed into an SUV driven by a Columbia police officer. Fortunately, the officer suffered only soft tissue injury with no broken bones and required no surgery. The trucking company refused to make any settlement offer, so suit was filed in Federal Court. After a four day trial, the jury awarded total damages of $300,000.00.

DANGEROUS PRODUCTS

Pennington vs. London Fog Industries
Dangerous Product
In Columbia Missouri, a teenaged boy was wearing a jacket purchased by his mother at an outlet mall. The jacket was defective in that it was not properly treated with flame retardant. A cigarette caused the jacket to go up in flames severely burning the boy above his waist. This case resulted in a $1.2 Million settlement in Federal Court in Kansas City Missouri.

Williams vs. Ford
Restraint System and Seat Design
Near Salina, Kansas, a young man fell asleep in his car, lost control and went off the road. He bottomed out in his seat, allowing his shoulder belt to come up around his neck. He was rendered a quadriplegic as a result of this accident. This case resulted in a confidential settlement in Federal Court in Kansas City Missouri.

CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS

Brown vs. AA Erection, Inc. et al
A young man was working on a construction site when subcontractors were hanging steel joists above. It was raining and the workers were not warned or cleared from beneath the crane placing the steel. The load fell killing the young man. The young man was not married and had no dependents. The subcontractors claimed no liability because of protection under Worker's Comp. However, Mr. Copeland was able to establish liability beyond Worker's Comp and the young man's parents settled with the subcontractors before trial. $400,000.00 Settlement.

OTHER SERIOUS INJURY

Bosau vs. Bilsland
Pedestrian Accident
A man was walking across a dark downtown street late at night when he was struck by a car and suffered serious injury to his right arm and leg. The car left the scene and the driver was only located several days later. The driver was then acquitted in a the criminal trial. The man's previous lawyer had given up on the case. However, Mr. Copeland took the case and was ultimately able to reconstruct the accident utilizing previously discarded evidence and testimony from in the criminal case. The case was then settled for policy limits of $250,000.00.

Acton vs. Saulog-Natividad, et al.
Medical Negligence
A 28 year old father of three had a bulging disc and was transported to a hospital emergency room. There, a new resident physician failed to do proper exam and neglected the man until he was paralyzed from the waist down. This case reached a Multi-Million Dollar settlement just before trial.

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