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Jessica L. Copeland

Partner, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Practice Co-Leader
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Southern, and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal and Second Circuits

New York University, B.A. 

St. John's University School of Law, J.D.

Carnegie Mellon University, Certificate in Cybersecurity Leadership

Jessica effectively represents her clients in all aspects of business counsel and disputes, with a particular focus on data privacy, cybersecurity and intellectual property. Jessica is also co-leader of the firm's Blockchain & Cryptocurrency practice.

Jessica’s broad experience includes advising clients on data privacy compliance, incident response strategies, and breach notification requirements. She also has experience handling the transactional aspects of intellectual property, including drafting and negotiating licenses, preparing and prosecuting trademark applications, preparing opinions, and conducting due diligence investigations.

Particular to her IP litigation experience, Jessica’s practice includes protecting patents and trademarks in federal and appellate courts and before the International Trade Commission for clients in industries such as medical and mechanical devices, computer software and hardware, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and e-commerce technologies. Jessica’s experience in appellate work includes argument before the Federal Circuit.

Additionally, Jessica is a veteran commercial litigator with extensive trial and appellate advocacy experience, in both state and federal court. Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Jessica practiced in the New York City office of a prominent intellectual property law firm, Morgan & Finnegan, LLP, (acquired by Locke Lord), and she was a judicial intern for Judge Leonard D. Wexler in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Jessica is a member of the Federal Court Mediation Panel for the Western District of the United States District Court.


  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2015
  • Former president, St. John's University School of Law Intellectual Property Law Society



Social Media

Jessica contributed to Hodgson Russ’s Clean and Green Law blog. Her blog entries included:

  • "Discovery Orders May Threaten Traditional Notions of Trade Secret Protection," May 4, 2015
  • “Licensors Beware! Second Circuit Decision Confirms Patent Law Trumps Contract Law,” December 20, 2012

Professional Associations

  • Member, Federal Court Mediation Panel, WDNY
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association board of directors
  • Western District of New York Local Rules Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County Federal Practice and Intellectual Property Committees
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, member

Community & Pro Bono

  • Pro bono representation in numerous employment discrimination matters
  • Board of Directors, Member: YWCA of Western New York
  • Board of Directors, Secretary: IT Buffalo