Edward A. Copley, J.D.

Senior Counsel

Dallas Office
300 Crescent Court, Suite 1350
Dallas, Texas 75201
ecopley@theblumfirm.com
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214-751-2130

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Edward A. Copley, J.D., received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law and his B.A. in English from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Copley joined us from Akin Gump in Dallas, where he focused his practice on taxation, trusts, and estates, with an emphasis on wealth transfer, estate planning, foundations, insurance and income tax planning for high net-worth individuals.  Before Akin Gump, Mr. Copley was also an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., working first for the Antitrust Division from 1960 to 1962 and then for the Tax Division from 1962 to 1966.  After transferring to the Tax Division, Mr. Copley tried cases in Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico involving corporate and individual taxation, estate tax, gift tax, valuation, excise tax and fraud issues. Mr. Copley has been named as one of the Leading Lawyers in America by Citywealth Leaders List.  He currently serves as an advisory council member and board of directors member of several charitable organizations and as general counsel of O’Donnell Foundation in Dallas, Texas.

Education & Accreditations

  • Southern Methodist University (1957)
    B.A. in English
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law (1960)
    J.D.
    Served as Editor-in-Chief of the Southwestern Law Journal
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Order of the Woolsack

Honors & Awards

  • Named as one of the Leading Lawyers in America by Citywealth Leaders List (2013)
  • Named as one of North America’s Leading Lawyers in Private Wealth Management by Citywealth Magazine (2012, 2015-2016)
  • Named as one of the Top Wealth Advisors in the United States by Citywealth Magazine (2006 and 2011)

Professional Memberships & Designations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel – Fellow
  • International Academy of Estate and Trust Law – Member
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Accredited Estate Planners
  • Dallas Bar Association Tax Section – Past President
  • Dallas Estate Planning Council – Past President
  • Southern Methodist University Law Alumni Association-Past President
  • Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Adjunct professor of taxation at SMU (1966-1979)
  • Board of Visitors at SMU

Community Service & Personal Interests

  • Life member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas
  • Advisory council member and board of directors member of several charitable organizations
  • General counsel of O’Donnell Foundation in Dallas, Texas
  • Walking, photography, and reading