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Copeley Johnson Groninger PLLC practices in personal injury and workers’ compensation, wrongful death and brain injury, employment law, sexual harassment, sex abuse, and other civil litigation on behalf of injured and wronged individuals. With offices in Durham and Charlotte, our experienced and dedicated lawyers represent clients throughout North Carolina.
Leto has been successfully litigating cases for plaintiffs in the North Carolina state and federal courts for more than 25 years. She handles cases of workplace injury and mistreatment, personal injury and wrongful death, and sexual harassment and sex abuse. For the past eleven years, Leto has had the highest rating (AV) for legal ability and ethical standards given by Martindale Hubbell. She has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the area of workers’ compensation since 2005. Since 2006, Leto has been included in the list of North Carolina Super Lawyers published by Law and Politics Magazine. In the same magazine, she was listed as one of the top fifty women lawyers in North Carolina from 2006-2009. (read more….)
Ann graduated with honors and received a degree in engineering arts from Michigan State University. In 1994, she graduated cum laude from Tulane University School of Law where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. During law school, she was an editor on the Tulane Environmental Law Journal and was a Public Interest Law Foundation grant recipient. Ann worked first with the North Carolina Center for Death Penalty Litigation and then with the Cumberland County Public Defender’s Office until she opened her own practice in Fayetteville in 1998. She joined Patterson Harkavy’s Raleigh office in April, 2000 and, in 2007, established a Charlotte office where she now handles cases throughout the state. Ann, Leto and Valerie joined Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC in July 2011. Today, Ann litigates serious personal injury cases with a special interest in representing victims of bicycle crashes. She also represents individuals seriously injured in car accidents and by negligent property owners and those involved in employment or contractual disputes. (read more….)
Valerie A. Johnson graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1987, and from the University’s law school, with honors, in 1994. Before entering law school, Valerie was a public school teacher. Valerie joined the firm of Patterson Harkavy in 1994, litigating cases in the areas of workers’ compensation, employment discrimination, personal injury, social security, and civil rights. In 2011 Valerie, along with Leto Copeley and Ann Groninger, formed Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC. (read more….)
David Weiss joined Copeley Johnson Groninger PLLC in 2013. As an associate attorney, David represents individuals in cases involving workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment, and sexual abuse. He also represents prisoners in post-conviction and appellate litigation.
Prior to joining the firm, David worked for six years as a staff attorney and litigator with the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in Durham, where he represented individuals on death row in state post-conviction and federal habeas corpus proceedings. In this capacity, David spearheaded litigation on behalf of death row inmates that challenges the legality and humaneness of the State’s lethal injection procedures. David also litigated cases under the North Carolina Racial Justice Act which revealed the influence of race in capital-case jury selection. In addition to capital work, David represented indigent prisoners in non-capital criminal appeals and post-conviction proceedings. (read more….)
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