About Our Atlanta Injury Lawyers
Title: Managing Partner
Mr. Henningsen has dedicated his entire career to the representation of the injured. Over the last 10 years, Mr. Henningsen has handled hundreds of cases and collected millions of dollars for his clients. A dedicated trial lawyer, Mr. Henningsen is a veteran of the courtroom and has honed his skills through diligence, preparation and a keen understanding of the jury’s perspective. Mr. Henningsen has successfully tried numerous cases in front of both judges and juries. Most recently, in 2010, Mr. Henningsen obtained a $400,000.00 verdict for his client in Fulton County. This is believed to be a record in the State of Georgia for this type of personal injury case with this type of injuries. The verdict was obtained against a major corporation and was over 25 times what was offered before the case was heard before a jury. A dedicated legal professional, Mr. Henningsen has been honored to speak on various personal injury matters. Mr. Henningsen was raised in Nashville, Tennessee where he was a member of the National Honor Society in a prestigious area high school. He went on to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he was a varsity letterman as a decathlete on Wake Forest’s Track and Field Team. Following his graduation from Wake Forest University, Mr. Henningsen went on to obtain both his Law Degree as well as his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Henningsen is licensed to practice law in both Virginia and Georgia.
Wake Forest University (Bachelor of Arts in Economics)
University of Richmond (Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration)
BAR ADMISSIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Virginia
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Southern Trial Lawyers Association
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Richard Kopelman is special counsel to Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C. and is licensed in federal and state courts throughout Georgia, where he has practiced law since 1987. Richard began his legal career representing businesses and insurance companies, but soon realized that, as a champion of the underdog, defending “big business” was not his calling. In 1991, Richard dedicated his practice exclusively to representing victims of serious personal injuries caused by the carelessness of other people and corporations. This includes representing individual clients as well as those whose cases are filed as part of mass tort, multi-district litigation (MDL), in which the firm is involved on both a local and national level. With regard to the firm’s mass-tort pharmaceutical work, Richard has been appointed to numerous nationwide MDL committees.
Richard is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, having successfully secured jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients of at least $1 million, notably before reaching the age of 40. Richard attributes his success to his commitment to be the best-prepared lawyer in the courtroom and to communicate to judges and juries the respect and compassion he has for his clients. "It is our responsibility, in fact our duty," Richard says, "as the client’s advocate, to make the members of the jury feel like they have known the client all of his or her life, because only then can jurors truly understand the devastating effects of the client’s injury. Without such an understanding, a jury cannot possibly return a just and proper verdict in our client’s favor."
Richard earned his undergraduate degree, with honors, from Washington and Lee University in 1984. Three years later, Richard earned his law degree from the University of Georgia. He represented the University in numerous moot court competitions, including the National Moot Court Competition, where Richard’s team placed first in the Southeast Region. Richard took top honors when he was named the competition’s Best Oral Advocate. In addition, Richard was selected to be a National Member of The Order of Barristers, having exhibited excellence and attained high honor through the art of courtroom advocacy.
Richard is a member of the American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America [ATLA]); Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA); State Bar of Georgia; and the Atlanta, DeKalb County and American Bar Associations.
Richard is married and the proud father of three sons who, from the time they were little boys, would respond to the question “What does your daddy do for a living?” by saying, “My daddy helps people.”
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