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T. David Copley


1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101 

P: 206.623.1900
F: 206.623.3384


David Copley brings creative solutions to complicated problems. He is a member of Keller Rohrback’s nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group, where his practice is focused on class action and other complex litigation. David is a skilled advocate, with extensive experience in pre-trial proceedings, jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and appeals. David’s experience and passion bring value to collaborations with his talented Keller Rohrback co-workers and with co-counsel across the Country.

Recent significant representations include: cases against major financial institutions regarding improper fees for foreign currency exchange; ERISA violations arising from conversion of privately-held corporation to ESOP ownership; ERISA violations arising from violation of plan prohibition on reduction of certain benefits; wage and hour class action involving misclassification of financial services workers; wage and hour collective action involving misclassification of certain store managers; and representing a large institutional investor that suffered losses from misrepresentations involving mortgage-backed securities.

David is also committed to community service. He is active in local charities fighting hunger and homelessness.

Bar and Court Admissions

1985, Arizona

1985,  U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

1986, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

1986, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

1990, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

1990, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

1990, Washington

2000, U.S. Supreme Court

2003, U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska

2005, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

2007, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

2009, U.S. Court for Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

2015, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

2015, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

2015, New York

2016, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

2017, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


University of Iowa – B.A., with Honors and Distinction, 1981
Political Science and English, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha 

Northwestern University School of Law – J.D., 1984
Coordinating Executive Editor, Northwestern University Law Review

Professional and Civic Involvement

National Employment Lawyers Association, Member

American Bar Association, Member

ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee, Co-Chair

Washington State Bar Association, Member

Northwest Harvest, Board of Directors, 2000-2009; Chair, Board of Directors 2005-2007

Community Lunch on Capitol Hill, Chair, Board of Directors 2008-2013; Board of Directors 2016-present

Honors & Awards

Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year, 1995

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