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William James Kopeny

Practice areas:

Appeals, White Collar Crime, Family, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

About Me

I am a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, AV Rated and a Preeminent Lawyer in Martindale-Hubbell, Rated as a "Superlawyer" in Southern California for the past 8 years, Listed in the Best Lawyers in America for the past 15 years.   I am active in the Bar Association, having served as a past Chair of the Orange County Appellate Section and Past Chair of the Judicial Nominees Evaluations Commission (a state commission administered by the State Bar which investigates and evaluates California Judicial Candidates for the State Superior, Appellate and Supreme Courts.   I currently serve on the California Judicial Council Advisory Committee for CALCRIM the state approved pattern jury instructions.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1974

  1. Appeals: 70%
    40 years, 350 cases
  2. White Collar Crime: 25%
    32 years, 300 cases
  3. Family: 4%
    25 years, 40 cases
  4. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 1%
    20 years, 25 cases

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • David Anthony Dworakowski

    I've known Mr. Kopeny professionally for several years. He embodies the highest ideals of the legal profession: brilliant, hard working, creative, and the consumate professional. Mr. Kopeny enjoys a reputation in the profession as a legal powerhouse. Countless attorneys rely on him for his expertise. I give him an enthusiastic endorsement.

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    David Dworakowski Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Stephane Quinn

    Bill Kopeny is a brilliant and dedicated attorney who deeply cares for each and everyone of his many clients. With more than 40 years of experience, Bill has filed nearly 600 appeals, petitions for review, and writs in the California Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. And I know because I verified myself. With so many people entrusting their case to him over these many years, it is no surprise that Bill truly is the preeminent appellate attorney in Southern California. His counsel is simply invaluable. In fact, many attorneys, me included, seek counsel from Bill on a regular basis regarding our own appellate matters. If ever I required the services of an appellate attorney, I would want no one else but Bill Kopeny representing me, and neither should you.

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    Stephane Quinn Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

The Law Offices of William J. Kopeny

2102 Business Center Drive
Suite 130
Irvine, CA, 92612

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive197405/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2014
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2011
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2011
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2010
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2010
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2009
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2009
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2008
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2008
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2007
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2007
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2006
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2006
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2005
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2005
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2004
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2003
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2002
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2001

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney at LawLaw Offices of William J. Kopeny1990 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
California Judicial Council Advisory Committee for Appellate LawMember2015 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaMember2008 - Present
State Bar of California, Judicial Nominees Evaluation CommissionChair2007 - 2007
State Bar of California, Judicial Nominees Evaluation CommissionVice Chair2006 - 2006
State Bar of California, Judicial Nominees Evaluation CommissionMember2004 - 2005
United States Court of Appeals For the Eleventh CircuitMember2003 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Law SectionChair2001 - 2001
Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Law SectionProgram Chair2000 - 2000
College of Appellate AdvocacyDirector2000 - 2000
United States Court of Appeals For the Seventh CircuitMember1998 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the First CircuitMember1997 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Law SectionFounding Member1995 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaMember1992 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaMember1991 - Present
Robert A. Banyard American Inn of CourtMaster Bencher1990 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitMember1989 - Present
California Association of Appellate LawyersMember1985 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarMember1984 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember1980 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember1974 - Present
State Bar of California, Criminal Law SectionMember1974 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Koon v United StatesU.S. Supreme Court reversed Ninth Circuit.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Rost Motion ManualCACJ1975
Orange County Bar JournalIn re Yurko1974

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hasting law School - College of Trial and Appellate AdvocacyN/ACertificate1981
USC Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
Univ of California Santa BarbaraPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1971

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Riverside P.D.'s meetingRecent Developments in Appellate Law2011
Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Law Section meetingRecent Developments in Appellate Law2011
California Public Defenders Association yearly meetingGetting your Case to Federal Court2007
1993 SeminarThe King Trial, A Retrospective of Legal an Practical Issues1993