Edward Copeland, Esq.


Edward Copeland is a member of Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C. concentrating on employment law, media law, First Amendment law and complex litigation. He represents clients in a wide variety of matters across a number of areas.
In the employment field, Mr. Copeland regularly represents and counsels clients on employment law and disputes. He often represents clients with respect to claims of discrimination under federal or local laws, wage and hour issues, and contract disputes. He has extensive experience in issues arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar laws and has substantial experience representing clients in the healthcare field. In litigation matters, he represents clients in both individual and class matters.
Mr. Copeland represents clients in matters involving First Amendment rights, defamation, media law and related areas including matters involving commercial speech and matters challenging regulatory schemes. His experience includes representation of the media and others in defamation matters and on issues relating to access to government information. In related areas, Mr. Copeland’s practice includes litigation and counselling concerning copyright, privacy law and related concerns such as data security.
Mr. Copeland regularly represents clients in complex litigation, often in cases involving complicated financial and commercial disputes. He represents insurance companies both on their own behalf and on behalf of their insured entities. He represents clients in cases in federal and state courts across the country in both trial and appellate courts and has represented clients in unusual settings such as intellectual property litigation in a religious court.
In other litigation, Mr. Copeland represents clients in matters relating to international law. He has represented various foreign governments and related entities, including central banks, in matters in the United States and elsewhere. He has extensive experience in both the prosecution and defense of international extradition cases.
Mr. Copeland has been involved in a number of notable cases. He represented James Peck, one of the first Freedom Riders, in a lawsuit establishing the federal government’s duty to protect him from the Ku Klux Klan when he was attacked in Birmingham, Alabama, resulting in a verdict for his client, the then Prime Minister of Greece in libel litigation and other matters, various religious and political groups on issues involving their First Amendment rights, and groups challenging regulatory schemes such as the regulation of the content of signs and regulation of charitable solicitations. Recently, he filed a brief in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of a bar association concerning a substantial libel verdict against journalists and a newspaper in Ecuador.
Mr. Copeland is a member of the Board of Directors of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and is co-chair of its development committee. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and has served on various association committees, including the Communications and Media Law Committee, the Federal Courts Committee, the International Law Committee, the Environmental Law Committee, and the Land Use, Planning, and Zoning Committee. Earlier in his career, he served as the general counsel of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc.
Mr. Copeland is also a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Federal Bar Council. Earlier in his career, he was a founder of and served on the Board of the Public Interest Law Foundation, Inc.
His publications include Grokster and the Future of Digital File Sharing in Delaware Lawyer (Winter 2005/2006). He often gives presentations on employment law and issues related to the media and intellectual property including presentations on “Employment Class Actions” and “Starting and Maintaining the Employment Relationship” at the AIG/National Union Employment Law School for Managers in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Newark; and “Challenges in Litigating Trademark and Copyright Infringement Cases” as part of the Intellectual Property Rights Judicial Consultations program sponsored by the United States Department of Commerce for Judges from Southeast Europe.
Mr. Copeland is a graduate of Clark University (B.A., 1975) and of New York University School of Law (J.D., 1978, cum laude, Order of the Coif) where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Fellow in Civil Liberties. He also attended Durham College at the University of Durham in England. He has been listed in New York Metro Super Lawyers since 2013.
Mr. Copeland is admitted to practice in New York; the United States Supreme Court; the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Fourth, and Ninth Circuits; and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.