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Richard Kopelman

Car accident Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1987
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    Percentage of automobile accident cases may be higher as there is an overlap between auto collision cases, wrongful death cases and brain injury cases.

  2. Wrongful death

  3. Brain injury

  4. Motorcycle accident

  5. Medical malpractice

In addition to maintaining a successful law practice, Richard is a National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Certified Contract Advisor (Agent). In 2006, Richard established KLASS Sports, where Richard serves at the company's President. Richard finds that skills he has honed during more than two decades of trying cases and negotiating settlements on behalf of thousands of injury victims, are directly transferrable to his representation of professional athletes.

Richard is married and the father of three boys. Not unexpectedly, when not tending to professional obligations, Richard spends the overwhelming majority of his time enjoying his family, including his parents who relocated to metro-Atlanta to be closer to Richard, his wife and children.

When Richard is not coaching soccer, taking his family to sporting events, or otherwise involved with family activities, he enjoys cycling and can be found riding considerable distances around Atlanta, particularly on weekends. Richard finds that a long bike ride is good for the body, mind and spirit, and helps recharge his batteries for the rigors of demanding professional commitments.


Kopelman Sitton Law Group, LLC.
5855 Sandy Springs Circle
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA, 30328

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Posted by Barbara | November 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Richard
Attorney Kopelman came highly recommend to us and he was every bit of what was said. He is very accommodating and will always find time to talk to you and gets back with you in a reasonable time. Unlike a lot of other attorneys he does not pass messages through his assistant. He is a very personable guy. He also went above and beyond to gets us the maximum amount.
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Posted by Glenna | January 22, 2015
Richard helped my family so much
Richard represented me many years ago and did an excellent job with my case, so when my son Danny was involved in a car accident and injured his neck, I didn’t hesitate in telling him he should call Richard. Even though Danny was grown, he knew I would not steer him wrong, and he hired Richard to handle his case. Although the insurance company insisted the wreck was "minor," Danny was badly hurt and eventually he needed surgery to repair a herniated disk. Unfortunately, not long after his neck surgery, Danny was diagnosed with metastasizing cancer, and a few months later, he passed away. Richard and Danny developed a good working relationship and when Danny got sick, Richard made sure Danny knew Richard would see his case through to the end, even if Danny wasn’t here to reap the benefits of the settlement he deserved. Richard also made sure Danny had a Will prepared to ensure that the money from his case would be distributed according to Danny’s wishes. Thankfully, Danny didn’t suffer terribly long, but sadly, he passed away before his case was resolved. Even so, Richard never gave up on Danny or his case, and ultimately, Richard was able to recover a substantial settlement from the at-fault driver's insurance company. Although Danny never got the benefit of the settlement, he was comforted knowing the money would be used to provide for his family. I am grateful for all Richard did for Danny, and know he would be too.
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Posted by Joe | January 15, 2015
Richard gets the job done
When I was injured in a car wreck, I wasn’t sure what to do. A good friend of mine told me Richard represented him when he was hurt, did a great job, and that I should call Richard. I followed my friend’s advice and I am glad I did. From the beginning of my case to the end, Richard’s office always kept in informed and made sure I understood what was happening. The insurance company claimed the collision was “minor” and refused to pay what was owed, so Richard filed a lawsuit for me. Not long after, the insurance company agreed to pay me $250,000.00, the maximum coverage they had for my wreck. I hope I never need an attorney again, but if I do, I will make sure it is Richard.
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Posted by Susan | October 24, 2013
Wonderful Experience
I had a great experience having Richard as my attorney. It was comforting to know he was handling my case and treating me like his only client. He put me at ease and gave me realistic scenarios as my case developed.
Posted by Jacqueline | April 4, 2011
A Lawyer Who Cares and Understands Your Concerns, Caters to Your Needs
After becoming injured in a hit and run car wreck a couple of years ago and badly injuring my knee, I had no idea what to do, who to talk to or what my rights were. After speaking with a co-worker who handled insurance claims for my company, I felt even more uneasy regarding the wreck and felt pretty certain I should retain a lawyer. Luckily, a friend of mine recommended Richard Kopelman to me. Although I had a difficult case due to a prior injury to the same knee, Richard and his staff, especially Erin, were more than helpful and caring. They regularly called and emailed me to see how I was feeling, and always kept me updated on how my case was going. Since I had never needed a lawyer or been seriously injured before, I was terrified about the whole process, but Richard made things easy and genuinely came across as caring. Due to meticulous record keeping on their part, diligent study of both my automobile and health insurance claims/records, and Richard's ability to get right to the facts, I received a desireable (and more than anticipated settlement), along with the reassurance of knowing that no one else could have possibly helped me in a better manner. Even if you are unsure about how serious your case is, I recommend at least calling and speaking with Richard. HIs patience, perseverence, and ability to communicate with me in layman's terms definitely made my experience with him as enjoyable as possible given the circumstances. His office staff is great too. You really honestly have nothing to lose by at least consulting with him. He really helped me to get a sense of my self back and for that, I will forever be thankful.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2008
G. Bryant
Mr. Kopelman represented my husband in the Merck’s Vioxx case. During the long and tedious litigation process Mr. Kopelman and his staff kept us well informed on the progress of the case. I found Mr. Kopelman to be extremely sincere and a true professional. My husband and I feel a tremendous gratitude towards Mr. Kopelman and his staff, not only because of his expertise and hard work, but also because of the skilled and reassuring manner exhibited by himself and everyone in his firm. I would have no hesitation recommending Mr. Kopelman and his firm to anyone in need of representation.
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Posted by Mitchel | November 3, 2008
Honest hard working
Over the past ten years, I have had the misfortune of being badly injured in car wrecks on more than one occasion, but have had the good fortune of having Mr. Kopelman represent me each time I have needed help. Richard has always worked efficiently and effectively, in such a manner that I have recovered the maximum value for my personal injury cases. Richard is honest and hard-working, and has always put forth a 110% effort in representing me. I have not doubt that he does so for all of his clients. I have utmost confidence in Richard, and knowing what he has done for me, I did not hesitate to recommend Richard to some of my family members who also unfortunately needed representation for personal injury claims. I certainly would not hesitate to recommend Richard or his law firm to anyone in need of an excellent trial lawyer who fights hard for his clients and is not afraid to file suit and go to trial if necessary. I have always been particularly impressed by the fact that almost every time I called the office, Richard took my call. If Richard was out of the office or unable to take a call, he consistently returned my calls promptly. I also might add that his staff is very pleasant and well-informed, and an excellent resource for information relevant to the matters Richard handles. In short, while I know I am not Richard’s only client, he always has made me feel as if I am his most important client.
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Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2008
I contacted Richard Kopelman soon after hearing of the Merck's Vioxx recall 4yrs ago. I suffer a heart attack and underwent some unnecessary medical procedures stemming from Vioxx usage. It has been a long and difficult process in successfully litigating my case. His law firm has been with me all the way. He has shown himself to be dedicated and aggressive in dealing with my case. During this period I was also injured in an auto accident (through no fault of my own) and recovered the maximum settlement in 6 figures. He never lost sight of the difficulties my injuries left me with nor did he waste any time in addressing any issues that presented its self along the way. He and his staff does its job very well!
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Posted by michael | October 22, 2008
My wife died, at the age of 30, leaving behind a 3-year old son and me. Naturally, I was devastated and confused. It seemed impossible to me that my healthy, active wife, could have collapsed a few hours after having been discharged from a hospital emergency room where she was diagnosed with a headache that could have been nothing more than a bad cold. Later, when a CT Scan reportedly showed that my wife had suffered an aneurysm and was clinically dead, I was suspicious that she had not received proper care. A close friend recommended that I call Richard, which I did, and on my request, Richard actually came to the hospital to help me deal with what seemed like an impossible situation. As it turned out, it is a good thing that I got Richard involved so early in the process because through Richard's efforts, we learned that my wife did not suffer an aneurysm, but instead, she had died of meningitis. I am convinced that the hospital would have covered this up if Richard had not been there for me. I immediately hired Richard, and from that moment, he handled everything for me and helped me get through a tragedy that I would hope no one would ever experience. Richard was honest and efficient. He responded promptly to calls and brought comfort to my family and me, explaining the process every step of the way. Ultimately, after a hard-fought trial, my case was successfully resolved to my satisfaction. It goes without saying that no amount of money ever could replace my wife, but the successful outcome of my case certainly eased the financial burden and allowed me to do things for my son that otherwise I would not have been able to do. My family and I remain grateful for everything Richard did for us, on both a professional and personal level.
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Posted by Geraldine | October 10, 2008
Geraldine Hughes
I would highly recommend Mr. Kopelman to anyone. He has been more than helpful with my ongoing case and has kept me up to date every step of the way. He has helped me with filling out the forms that have been required for my case and has always been available to answer any questions I have reguarding my case.
Posted by Charlotte | October 1, 2008
Client Review
Mr. Kopelman represented my mother's estate in the Vioxx suit. I was impressed with both him and his entire staff. I worked directly with Tom who was always willing to answer any question I had quickly and fully. When I had to complete burdensome forms as required by the Merck attorney, Tom would apologize for the inconvenience. Both Tom and Mr. Kopelman called me periodically to let me know how the litigation was going; many lawyers keep you hanging and leave the burden on you to call them. As soon as the money came in, Richard called with the news and issued a check immediately. I would recommend this law firm and would chose no other if I had reason to secure assistance in any other litigation.
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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Kopelman Sitton Law Group, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Kopelman Law Group, P.C.
  • 2006 - Present
  • Partner
  • Orlando & Kopelman, P.C.
  • 1995 - 2006


  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Washington and Lee University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Westrex Corp. v. City of Atlanta
  • $2,500,000.00 settlement at commencement of trial
  • Davis v. Piedmont Hospital
  • Jury awarded $1.15 million dollars
  • Queen v. Northlake Regional Medical Center
  • Appellate Court struck down anti-patient statute


  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • DeKalb Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Georgia's Top Lawyers
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Legal Elite
  • Georgia Trend
  • 2013
  • Georgia's Top Lawyers
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • 2013
  • Best Oral Advocate
  • National Moot Court Competition
  • 1986
  • Invited Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Sandtown Recreation Center Youth Football - Head Injury Awareness & Prevention
  • Concussion and Head Injuries In Sports
  • 2010
  • Fundamentals of Brain Trauma
  • Examining Lay Witnesses in Brain Injury Cases
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (4)
Endorse Richard
Unknown Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known and litigated against Richard for almost 20 years. He is a fearless and experienced litigator who always puts the best interest of his clients first. I have referred several clients to Richard and will continure to do so. I heartily endorse Richard."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard Kopelman is an outstanding attorney. I have know him for years. He is compassionate, responsive and results driven. He ranks as one of the best lawyers in the USA. If you need an attorney, please consider calling Richard as your very first choice."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Richard is a sharp attorney and knows how to get the best results for his clients. We have worked together on various matters and he always has a keen insight into the law. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking counsel."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Richard is a tremendous trial lawyer. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Richard is an experienced and skillful plaintiff's lawyer and formidable adversary to any defense lawyer in a personal injury lawsuit. As the competency of a plaintiff's lawyer is something that a defense lawyer factors into a case evaluation for his client and insurer (as to projected verdict value), it is the astute plaintiff who hires a laywer like Richard to handle the case."
Personal injury Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Richard and have referred cases to him. He is an extremely competent attorney and serves the needs of his client and the profession well. Leroy Toliver"
Litigation Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is an impassioned and zealous advocate with a true dedication to his clients and to excellence in the practice of law. I readily recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Richard for many years. His talent, tenacity and ethics are impeccable. I would not hesitate to recommend Richard to anyone looking for a smart, experienced and hard-working lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is organized, diligent and has a firm command of all aspects of the law. He is firmly committed to representing each client fairly and responsibly. He has my unqualified endorsement."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Mr. Kopelman for over ten years and highly endorse this lawyer's work."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
General practice Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is a superb lawyer and aggressive litigator, if that is what is needed."
Car accident Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I first met Mr. Kopelman several years ago when we were on opposite sides of a lawsuit. He was a tenacious advocate, but always professional and ethical. I gained much respect for Mr. Kopelman and his practice during that prior lawsuit. Now that I am no longer practicing Defense work and represent exclusively injured Plaintiffs, I reguarly associate Richard on my cases due to his knowledge and expertise. That is the highest praise I can give a fellow lawyer. He is one of the finest lawyers and men I know and I would be proud to have his representation. James M. Roth THE ROTH FIRM, LLC"
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