Leto Copeley

Leto Copeley

Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC
  • Employment Law, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation
  • North Carolina
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Summary

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 ten 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.

Leto regularly lectures and and gives practical advice to her colleagues in the law. She has taught in continuing legal education programs sponsored by, among other groups, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association.

Leto has served various leadership roles in the North Carolina legal community. She currently serves as co-chair of the CLE Committee of the Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and on the NCBA Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section Council. Leto previously served on the NCBA Labor and Employment and Law Practice Management Section Councils. For five years she was a board member of Legal Aid of North Carolina, an agency delivering free legal services to low-income people statewide. She has served as President of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, and in various leadership positions with the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

Leto believes in public service. Her first job after being admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1984 was as staff attorney with Legal Services of Southern Piedmont. She is actively involved in her church, St. Philips Episcopal of Durham, where she served for four years as a youth group leader and is currently an elected member of the vestry (governing board). On Sundays, Leto volunteers as the American Sign Language interpreter for the church, and in 2010, she was profiled in Law and Politics Magazine in an article entitled "The Interpreter", which told of her participation as a team interpreter on a medical mission trip to Honduras. Leto is also an enthusiastic member of Rotary International and is a member of the Hillsborough, NC chapter.

Leto moved to North Carolina in 1983, right after graduating from Harvard Law School, to work as a law clerk to the Honorable James E. McMillan (a native of McDonald, NC) of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. She immediately felt a harmony with the state and its people, and has never left. Leto is an avid observer and supporter of North Carolina wildlife, and an eager consumer of North Carolina farm products. In her practice, she has always represented individuals, since she has never forgotten the years when she had to fully support herself as an auto parts worker, house cleaner and waitress.

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers' Compensation
Additional Practice Area
  • Sexual abuse/sexual harassment
Fees
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
4th Circuit
Languages
  • American Sign Language: Spoken
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC
- Current
Partner
Patterson Harkavy LLP
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Staff Attorney
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
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Law Clerk to the Honorable James E. McMillan
United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
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Education
Harvard Law School
J.D.
City University of New York - Hunter College
Honors: summa cum laude
Awards
Best Lawyer, Workers' Compensation
Best Lawyers in America
AV Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
North Carolina Super Lawyers
Law & Politics Magazine
Best Lawyer, Workers' Compensation
Best Lawyers in America
AV Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
North Carolina Super Lawyers
Law & Politics Magazine
Best Lawyer, Workers' Compensation
Best Lawyers in America
AV Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
North Carolina Super Lawyers
Law & Politics Magazine
Best Lawyer, Workers' Compensation
Best Lawyers in America
AV Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
North Carolina Super Lawyers
Law & Politics Magazine
Top 100 Lawyers Award
National Trial Lawyers- Top 100 Lawyers
Best Lawyer, Workers' Compensation
Best Lawyers in America
AV Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
North Carolina Super Lawyers
Law & Politics Magazine
Best Lawyer, Workers' Compensation
Best Lawyers in America
AV Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Top 50 Women Lawyers in North Carolina
Law & Politics Magazine
Women of Wisdom Silver Service Award
North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
North Carolina Super Lawyers
Law & Politics Magazine
Best Lawyer, Workers' Compensation
Best Lawyers in America
AV Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Top 50 Women Lawyers in North Carolina
Law & Politics Magazine
North Carolina Super Lawyers
Law & Politics Magazine
Best Lawyer, Workers' Compensation
Best Lawyers in America
AV Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Top 50 Women Lawyers in North Carolina
Law & Politics Magazine
North Carolina Super Lawyers
Law & Politics Magazine
Best Lawyer, Workers' Compensation
Best Lawyers in America
AV Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Top 50 Women Lawyers in North Carolina
Law & Politics Magazine
North Carolina Super Lawyers
Law & Politics Magazine
AV Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Best Lawyer, Workers' Compensation
Best Lawyers in America
AV Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
AV Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
AV Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
AV Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Associations
National Trial Lawyers- Top 100 Lawyers
Member
- Current
North Carolina Bar Association
Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section Council
- Current
North Carolina Bar Association
Co-chair, CLE Committee, Litigation Section
- Current
Judicial District 15B
Member
- Current
Orange County Bar Association
Member
- Current
American Association for Justice
Member
- Current
Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group
Member
- Current
American Bar Association
Member
- Current
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Member; Past Chair; Executive Committee
- Current
National Employment Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
North Carolina State Bar
Member
- Current
North Carolina Bar Association
Member
- Current
North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
Member; Past President; Past Board of Directors Member
- Current
North Carolina Bar Association
Co-Chair Law Practice Management Section Council
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North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Co-Chair, Education Committee
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AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
Member
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Legal Aid of North Carolina
Board of Directors
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North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Former Chair, Workers' Compensation Section
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North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
Judicial Endorsements Committee
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North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Co-Chair, Women's Caucus
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North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Co-Chair, Executive Committee, Employment Law Section
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North Carolina Bar Association
Co-Chair, Law School Liaison Committee
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North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
Board of Directors
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North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
President
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Farmworkers Legal Services
Board of Directors
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North Carolina Bar Association
Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Section Council
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North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
Board of Directors
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Certifications
Board Certified Specialist Workers' Compensation
NC State Bar
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Social Media
Contact & Map
300 Blackwell St.
Suite 101
Durham, NC 27701
USA
Telephone: (919) 240-4054
Fax: (888) 412-0421