About Trent Copeland

Trent Copeland is one of Los Angeles’ most sought-after lawyers. Trent has successfully represented numerous high-profile individuals from all walks of life, including the entertainment industry and professional sports, as well as leaders in the business community and major multi-national corporations. When faced with potential civil or criminal consequences, whether in the investigation stage or if charges or claims have already been brought, it is no secret that the "go-to" lawyer is Trent Copeland.

Trent is the rare trial attorney who practices adeptly in both civil and criminal litigation. Among others, his list of clients have included prominent medical professionals such as Dr. Gordon Goei and Henry Johnson both of whom faced criminal prosecution related to their medical practice but were proven innocent and publicly vindicated following Trent’s successful representation. Trent also successfully represented a Muslim college professor who had been wrongfully targeted by the FBI under one of the first uses of the Patriot Act against a U.S. citizen engaging in protected speech. After numerous proffers and an oral presentation by Trent, the Government withdrew its case against her and she was restored to her teaching position. Trent has also represented and provided legal counsel to numerous celebrities, including Jean Claude Van Damme, Matt LeBlanc, Tracey Edmonds, Shannen Doherty, TMZ Co-founder Jim Paratore and numerous other entertainment professionals. Recently, Trent also successfully handled a major dispute directly involving international music star Justin Bieber where he negotiated a substantial six-figure settlement of the claim.

In expanding the breadth of his services for high-stakes matters, Trent is also formally “Of Counsel” with the noted law firm, Browne, George & Ross. http://www.bgrfirm.com/attorneys/trent-copeland/

Together with his colleague, Eric George, Trent took over the high-profile representation of Gary Franklin, who had been victimized by the criminal conduct of his former attorney, Michael Avenatti. Trent and Eric’s representation of Mr. Franklin includes all matters associated with his civil interests in his well-documented role in the much-publicized NCAA basketball recruiting scandal.

Trent holds the distinction of being CBS News’ first African-American national on-camera legal news analyst where he served in that capacity for eight years. In his role as CBS News on-camera legal news analyst, he provided expert legal analysis on dozens of legal cases, including the Scott Peterson murder trial, the Michael Jackson molestation trial and the Kobe Bryant sexual assault hearings. Trent has also provided legal news analysis for CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Trent is currently an on-air legal analyst for legendary broadcaster Larry King’s digital program Larry King Now where he provides both legal and political commentary on cases and issues of national and political interest. Larry King has publicly called Trent “one of the best attorneys and communicators in the country.” Trent was also featured on Dr. Drew’s national TV show as a “Life Changer” for his high-profile and successful work in the legal industry. Trent has been interviewed on-camera by Katie Couric, Dan Rather and CNN’s Don Lemon, among others. He has been quoted in People Magazine, NY Daily News, and US Magazine.

Trent is featured regularly as one of California’s Top Attorney’s and has been singled out by the national publication “Best Attorneys of America” and he is regularly regarded as a “Super Lawyer.” Trent has spoken at various law enforcement conferences and symposiums, including lecturing for the Beverly Hills Police Department on effective courtroom presentations. Trent was also a keynote speaker at the inaugural opening of the Tom Mesereau Free Legal Clinic. Trent is a frequent speaker on high-profile litigation and the representation of “celebrity” clients.

Recent Representations

  • Represents a student in connection with the highly publicized college admissions cheating scandal. 
  • Represents the principal of an accounting firm in connection with criminal charges for embezzlement. 
  • Represented a Fox Television executive in an indictment filed by the United States Attorney’s Office, Central District, into potential violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. The case resolved with probation. 
  • Successfully led the defense of a Chicago business man charged with felony DUI and drug possession in Northern California. The case resolved as a misdemeanor. 
  • Successfully represented an individual falsely accused of attempted murder in a high-profile case in San Bernardino, negotiating a dismissal of all charges on the eve of preliminary hearing. The case garnered local media coverage. 
  • Represented an attorney being investigated for potential participation in a major narcotics distribution ring. The investigation was closed by the Department of Justice with no charges being brought against the attorney.
Phone (310) 789-1050 | Fax (310) 234-0212 | Trent@trentcopelandlaw.com

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