James Cope

James Cope, Attorney at Law· civil litigation
· corporate law
· governmental law

Mr. Cope is the senior partner of CHSR&M, and has been engaged in the practice of law since 1974. His practice is focused in the areas of civil litigation, corporate and governmental law.

Mr. Cope currently serves as County Attorney for Rutherford County, Tennessee, and has done so since 1983. In addition, Mr. Cope serves as general counsel for the Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, the fifth largest electric cooperative in the United States with over 170,000 members, Consolidated Utility District, Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority, The Daily News Journal and the Murfreesboro Housing Authority. Mr. Cope also served as attorney for the Town of Smyrna, Tennessee, from 1980 to 1995.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Cope is invited to lecture on the subjects of jury selection in civil cases, eminent domain law, local governmental law and planning, and land use planning at continuing legal education seminars for attorneys. Mr. Cope has presented legal seminars on successful strategies for the presentation and trial of eminent domain cases and lectured to the Tennessee State Attorney General's Conference on the subject of "Selecting the Right Jury for Your Case" in civil proceedings.

Mr. Cope is an active member of the Murfreesboro / Rutherford County community. Mr. Cope served on the Rutherford County Commission from 1977 to 1983, and in 1983 served as the presiding chair of that body. Mr. Cope has served as president of the Murfreesboro Noon Rotary Club and the Middle Tennessee State University Foundation. Additionally, Mr. Cope served as a Member of the Hearing Panel, Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, from 1988 until 1993.

Mr. Cope is admitted to practice in Tennessee state courts, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th and 11th Circuits and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Cope received his undergraduate degree in political science and economics, with honors, from the University of Tennessee in 1971, and received his doctorate of jurisprudence from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1974. Mr. Cope began his practice of law with the Nashville law firm of Neal & Harwell in 1974 before returning home to Murfreesboro in 1976.


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