28 Vernon Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301-3668
ph: 802-258-3070
dir: 802-258-3070
Overview

Reachable, responsive, resolute management-side labor and employment attorney.

Tim Copeland focuses his practice exclusively on the representation of employers in all aspects of their relationships with employees: from proactive management consulting, to complex labor negotiations, to resolving claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, unpaid wages and other employment disputes. He has a nationwide traditional labor law practice representing Fortune 500 and other leading companies in industries including manufacturing, construction, utilities, health care, retail and other industries devising and executing labor relations strategies. He has handled numerous organizing campaigns by unions including United Steelworkers of America, the Teamsters, the IAM and the IBEW, among others. He has litigated and handled numerous strikes across the United States.

Tim regularly represents employers in state and federal courts, in administrative proceedings and in arbitrations, whether defending claims brought by employees or their representatives, or pursuing legal action to protect employers’ interests. Readily accessible and responsive to his clients’ needs, Tim guides employers’ responses to pre-litigation complaints and provides counsel on sound H.R. and labor relations practices.

Experience
  • Successfully defended a nationwide elevator manufacturer in an arbitration proceeding in which a union attacked the company’s processes for manufacturing a new elevator design. The union’s claims sought to invalidate eleven aspects of the new design. The arbitrator ruled in the Company’s favor on ten of the claims and remanded one for further testing.
  • Efficaciously represented an aerospace components manufacturer in a federal court action to enforce non-competition and non-disclosure covenants against a former employee who left to join a competitor, resulting in a stipulated injunction against further breaches.
  • Tim has successfully litigated Boys Markets injunction proceedings throughout the United States on behalf of several Fortune 500 companies in the construction industry. In one case, he successfully litigated an injunction against strike activity through an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In another case, Tim obtained a permanent injunction against future strike activity by a union. He has obtained injunctions in cities including Louisville, Kentucky; Dallas, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Boston, Massachusetts and Buffalo, New York.
  • Regularly represents clients before the National Labor Relations Board, including Unfair Labor Practice and Representation-Case proceedings. In one R-case, Tim successfully defended a utility employer against a union’s attempts to gerrymander a voting group.
Education

Vermont Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, 1998 Notes Editor, Vermont Law Review, 1997-1998

University of Vermont, B.A., 1991

Admissions & Clerkships

New Hampshire, 1998

U.S. District Court, District of Vermont, 1999

Vermont, 1999

U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire, 2003

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2004

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2006

Massachusetts, 2012

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2014

Memberships & Activities
  • American Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section, 2006
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Vermont Bar Association
  • Tim has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations in and around his home. He served as President and member of the Board of trustees of the Chesterfield Public School Foundation. He has served on the boards of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Windham County. He also served as president of the Brattleboro Chamber.
  • When he is not on the job, you can often find Tim training for his next marathon.
Accolades & Awards
  • Tim is recognized in Chambers USA, based on the organization's extensive research and interviews with clients and peers.
  • Listed in Best Lawyers®, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2012-2018
Publications & Presentations
  • Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law, 5th and 6th editions and cumulative supplements (Bloomberg BNA/American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law)
  • Timothy E. Copeland, Jr. and Peter B Robb, Union Attempts to Rewrite Collective-Bargaining Agreements by Disciplining and Fining Employees: The National Labor Relations Board Says 'Enough’, 13 HR Advisor No. 6 (Thomson Reuters 2007)
Reported Cases
  • Otis Elevator Co. v. International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 4, 408 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2006)
  • KONE, Inc. v. International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 4, No. 05-10093-DPW, 2006 WL 2987042 (D. Mass. Sept. 27, 2006)
  • Otis Elevator Co. v. Local 91, International Union of Elevator Constructors, 393 F. Supp. 2d 143 (D. Conn. 2005)
  • Local One, International Union of Elevator Constructors of New York and New Jersey, 339 NLRB 977, 173 LRRM 1487 (2003)
28 Vernon Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301-3668
ph: 802-258-3070
dir: 802-258-3070
cell: 802-380-2873
tcopeland@drm.com
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