Lee Copeland


Phone: 334-834-1180
Fax: 334-834-3172

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  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School (2006)
  • B.A. in English, magna cum laude, Duke University (1995)

Practice Areas

  • Civil litigation
  • Appellate litigation
  • Constitutional law
  • White-collar criminal defense

Association & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court, Hugh Maddox Chapter
  • Cub Scout Pack 15 Den Leader
  • Bear Exploration Center PTA

Experience, Honors & Awards

  • Equal Justice Initiative, law fellow (2008-2009), staff attorney (2009–2015)
  • Law clerk, Hon. Richard A. Paez, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2007–2008)
  • Law clerk, Hon. Louis H. Pollak, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2006–2007)
  • Summer legal fellow, Sierra Leone (2005); worked with local ngo to train and support community-based paralegal/mediators
  • ATLA Mock Trial Team, regional finalist
  • Phi Beta Kappa (Duke University)


  • Alabama
  • U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh, Ninth, and Fourth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Notable Reported Decisions

  • Horsley v. State, 160 So. 3d 393 (Fla. 2015) (amicus curiae)
  • Penn v. State, 189 So. 3d 107 (Ala. Crim. App. 2014)
  • Walling v. State, 105 So. 3d 660 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2013)
  • State v. Mason, 89 So. 3d 405 (La. Ct. App. 2012)
  • In re Evans, 449 F. App’x 284 (4th Cir. 2011)
  • Sullivan v. Florida, 556 U.S. 1221, 129 S. Ct. 2157 (2009) (Mem.) (certiorari granted)

Attorney Profile

Ben was born in Indiana and raised mostly in Toms River, New Jersey, home of the 1998 Little League champions. He came to Alabama in 2008 to start his law practice, met his wife Valerie within two months, and has been here ever since. He practiced for many years at the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, where he developed extensive experience in Alabama and federal appellate litigation at all levels up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court. He was deeply involved in the litigation that culminated in the groundbreaking decisions of Graham v. Florida, 560 U.S. 48 (2010), and Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. 46 (2012), as well as follow-up litigation in state trial and appellate courts to implement those decisions.

In addition to the Alabama state and federal courts, Ben has appeared pro hac vice in courts across the South, including the Supreme Courts of Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He lives in Montgomery with his wife, their two children, and a rotating cast of animals.