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Erin Copeland

A Hero for Women & Children

For too long, women and children have been used as guinea pigs for pharmaceutical and product companies. It’s not right, it’s not safe, and I for one, won’t stand for it anymore.” – Erin Copeland 

Biography

Erin K. Copeland is a partner with the law firm of Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs in Houston, Texas. Licensed to practice in Texas and Missouri, Erin devotes her time and resources to advocate on behalf of those who have suffered an injury or loss as the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing.

Known as a fierce advocate for women, Erin is proud to give a voice to the thousands of women who have suffered at the hands of corporations who prioritize profit over the safety and health of their patients. Her primary focus is on injury claims against negligent pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers of dangerous medical devices that have harmed women across the nation.

Serving on Litigation Committees Across the U.S.

Erin has also served on a number of committees and councils that deal with complex multidistrict litigation involving defective medical devices and implants, dangerous pharmaceuticals, and other similar matters.

 

From 2017 to 2020, Erin served on the Executive Committee for the Essure consolidated litigation in California, where she oversaw the claims of thousands of women who have suffered severe and permanent injuries as a result of the Essure permanent sterilization birth control device. In August 2020, she helped negotiate a $1.6 billion settlement with Bayer.

Erin also serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the various pelvic mesh MDLs pending in the Southern District of West Virginia as well as the Pradaxa litigation pending in the Southern District. In the Pradaxa litigation, Erin also served as the State-Federal Liaison Counsel to the cases pending in St. Clair County, Illinois.

In 2018, Mrs. Copeland was appointed to leadership in the Onglyza MDL pending in Kentucky.

All of these positions were obtained through judicial appointments. In her role on the pelvic mesh Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, she has served on a number of victorious trial teams and has recovered significant financial awards for women injured by various pelvic mesh products. 

Thousands Represented

Erin Copeland has worked with, and protected thousands of woman and Children against Dangerous products and pharmesuticals. 

Hundreds of Millions Recovered

In her career, Erin Copeland has directly impacted the lives of woman and children by recovering substantial verdicts & settlements as compensation for the injured.

Compassionate Representation

Erin Copeland is an attorney, but she is also a mother. Throughout her career, Erin has put a strong emphasis on representing her clients with kindness and compassion.

$1.6 Billion Essure® Settlement

Attorney Erin Copeland was one of the main attorneys positioned to negotiate a $1.6 billion Essure® settlement with Bayer.
Education

A 1997 cum laude graduate of the University of Houston, Mrs. Copeland obtained her Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law in 2000. That same year, the State Bar of Texas admitted her to practice, and the Missouri Bar admitted her in 2010. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court. Through pro hac vice admission, she also serves clients in several state and federal courts across the nation.

  • South Texas College of Law, J.D. – 2000
  • University of Houston, B.A. – 1997
Bar Admissions
  • Texas
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Eastern District of Texas
Professional Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Missouri
  • Texas Women Rainmakers
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
    • Board of Governors
    • National Finance Committee
    • Section and Litigation Group Coordination Committee
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Women Attorneys
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Super Lawyers, 2015 – 2020
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2005 – 2006, 2013

Community Involvement

Active in a number of local, state and national bar associations, she is one of the original steering committee members of the Texas Women Rainmakers, an organization devoted to empowering and supporting women in the legal profession. She was also unanimously elected to serve on the American Association of Justice’s Board of Governors.

Recognized as a leader in her field, Erin routinely conducts lectures throughout the United States on a variety of legal topics related to personal injury and tort law. 

Mrs. Copeland lives in Houston, Texas but splits time in Colorado with her husband and son, who is a competitive snowboarder.

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I knew after sitting down with Erin Copeland that I made the right choice. She is an incredible attorney with a true passion for her job.

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