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, Mrs. Copeland devotes her time and resources to advocate on behalf of those who suffered an injury or loss as the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing. Her primary focus is on injury claims against medical device and pharmaceutical companies.
Serving on Litigation Committees Across the U.S.
Recognized as a leader in her field, Mrs. Copeland routinely conducts lectures throughout the United States on a variety of legal topics related to personal injury and tort law. She 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.
Mrs. Copeland currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Essure consolidated litigation pending in California where she oversees the claims of thousands of women who have suffered severe and permanent injuries as a result of the Essure permanent sterilization birth control device. She also serves on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for the various pelvic mesh MDLs pending in the Southern District of West Virginia and the Pradaxa litigation pending in the Southern District. In the Pradaxa litigation, Mrs. Copeland also served as the State-Federal Liaison Counsel to the cases pending in St. Clair County, Illinois.
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. Mrs. Copeland was most recently appointed to leadership in the Onglyza MDL pending in Kentucky.
Education & Admissions
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.
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.
Mrs. Copeland resides in Houston, Texas but splits time in Colorado with her husband and young son who is a competitive snowboarder and has earned several gold medals and, most recently, competed and is now 5th in the nation for his age group in two events - 5th in halfpipe and 5th in rails.
- South Texas College of Law, J.D. – 2000
- University of Houston, B.A. – 1997
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Southern District of Texas
- Eastern District of Texas
- 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 - 2018
- Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2005 - 2006, 2013