Our Team

The lawyers of Copeland & Rice are a team. Not just because we’ve worked together for many years. Not just because we respect and trust each other. Not even because we’re friends. We are a team also because we share a common vision of delivering excellent litigation services at reasonable rates to sophisticated legal consumers. We value teamwork because everyone benefits when no one cares who gets the credit. We want a client to know its legal team will work as one, without egos and with the common commitment to do whatever it takes to get the job done and to go the second mile when necessary.

    Morgan L. Copeland, Jr. Morgan L. Copeland, Jr. Partner
    For over 35 years, I have successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants and first chaired cases to verdict. Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a member of ABOTA, my practice includes a broad spectrum of litigation matters, including complex business and commercial disputes and high profile tort litigation.
    Tracey  K. Rice Tracey K. Rice Partner
    I’ve spent my career as a trial attorney helping energy companies resolve complex business disputes inside and outside the courtroom. I have the experience and judgment to provide the concise, insightful counsel sophisticated clients demand.
    Gwen Samora Gwen Samora Partner
    Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, I have successfully resolved cases before the Supreme Court of Texas, the Texas courts of appeals, and the federal circuits, including the Fifth Circuit, for over 25 years. I have the pleasure of working alongside top-flight lawyers to provide excellent trial and appellate services in a boutique setting focused on client service, teamwork, respect, and integrity.
    David H. Brown David H. Brown Partner
    I have litigated commercial and tort cases for over 40 years, with an emphasis on commercial insurance matters and—for over 25 years—the representation of policyholders in coverage disputes and claims.
    Russell Gips Russell Gips Partner
    I help companies and individuals navigate disputes in the energy industry. I have successfully represented energy clients in all manner of disputes, including royalty lawsuits, title contests, disagreements between working interest owners, surface use conflicts, business divorce, personal injury, asset acquisition and divestiture, federal regulatory proceedings, and property tax challenges.