Douglas A. Copeland was born on March 22, 1956 in St. Louis, Missouri, and has resided in St. Louis County since that time. He attended the University of Missouri at Columbia, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics in 1977. He received his Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law in 1980.
Mr. Copeland is admitted to practice law in Missouri and Illinois. In addition, he is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. In 1986, Mr. Copeland joined Copeland Thompson Farris PC as a founding member.
In 1987, Mr. Copeland received the Outstanding Young Lawyer of St. Louis County Award presented annually to one young lawyer by the St. Louis County Bar Association. In 1988, he served as President of the St. Louis County Bar Association. He was a member of the Young Lawyers’ Section of The Missouri Bar from 1982 to 1992, serving as it’s chairperson in 1990. While serving on the YLS Council, he received the Chairperson’s Outstanding Service Award. In 1996 he was elected to the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar, and continued to serve on that Board until 2007, serving on the Executive Committee in 1999-2000. In the Fall of 2003, Mr. Copeland was elected as Vice President of The Missouri Bar and served as President during the 2005-06 bar year. He also served as a Trustee of the Missouri Bar Foundation. He received the Award of Merit from the President of The Missouri Bar in 2002, and again in 2007. Mr. Copeland has served as Chair of the Public Defender Task Force of The Missouri Bar since 2005, and received the 2007 Director’s Award from the Missouri State Public Defender System.
Mr. Copeland was the 2007 John C. Shepherd Graduation Speaker for the St. Louis University School of Law. He is also a member of the Law School’s Dean’s Council, and for a number of years has been a speaker at the orientation program for first-year students, and the professionalism program for third-year students. He received the 2008 Dudley C. Dunlop Distinguished Service Award from the St. Louis County Bar Association. He has served as Chairman of the Council of School Attorneys of the Missouri School Boards Association, and is a member of the American Bar Association and Estate Planning Council of St. Louis. Mr. Copeland was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2003. He has served and continues to serve on a variety of committees of The Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the American Bar Association. He previously served Vice Chair of the Missouri Bar Education Law Committee and as Chair of the Public Information Committee. He has been a speaker on a variety of legal subjects for The Missouri Bar and other CLE and community programs, and has participated as an actor in the production of several video productions by The Missouri Bar and television and radio PSA’s.
Mr. Copeland currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Missouri Baptist Medical Center, the Harriet Pillsbury Foundation, the Ed & H. Pillsbury Foundation, and as a member of the Endowment Council of the Saint Louis Art Museum. He is also currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Missouri Baptist Healthcare Foundation (Chair 2003-07), as chair of the Missouri Baptist Medical Center Community Advisory Board, and previously as a member of the BJC Facilities Committee. Mr. Copeland previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Howard Park Early Childhood Center in West St. Louis County, which provides educational and therapeutic services to children with special needs. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of St. Louis Sigma Chi Alumni Association and is serving on the House Corporation of the Xi Xi Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, Columbia, Missouri. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign Committee for Webster Groves High School.
Mr. Copeland currently serves as general counsel to the following institutions: Missouri Baptist University, Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, St. Louis Metro Baptist Association, Webster Groves School District, Midwest Theological Seminary, The Miriam Foundation and School, and Laumeier Sculpture Park. He also serves as local counsel for the eastern half of Missouri for the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (“ASCAP”), an international performing rights society. He has previously served as general counsel to Missouri Baptist Medical Center and Healthcare System, Rockwood School District, the Valley Park School District and The Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.