Featured Attorney: Shawn Coppins
Coppins Law Group, PLLC
Criminal Defense, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, and Litigation
Mount Clemens, Michigan
Shawn Coppins is the primary attorney and owner of Coppins Law Group, PLLC, in Mount Clemens, Michigan. The firm focuses on Criminal Defense, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, and Litigation. Mr. Coppins finished his undergraduate degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, and subsequently attended law school at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Shawn is admitted in the State Bar of Michigan, the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, the U.S. Court of Appeals - 6th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
“What sets your firm apart?”
The main reason that Coppins Law Group has been and is so successful is that Shawn Coppins is not afraid to take any case, no matter how difficult the case may be. Shawn is a firm believer that everyone is entitled to competent defense, but is also much more understanding than other Criminal Defense attorneys. “Most attorneys out there will say things like, “I’m aggressive!” or, “I’m a bulldog!” and it’s boring. In addition to providing defense and representation, you need an attorney that’s approachable and can explain things in terms you can understand. If you can’t talk to or trust your attorney, you will have a difficult time working together to defend your rights. Einstein once said, “If you can’t understand explain something simply, you don’t understand it well enough.””
“What are some common legal misconceptions shared amongst your clients?”
“Most people believe they know their rights and think that they understand Miranda,” says Shawn. “They think their case should be thrown out. People also don’t understand warrant exceptions to the 4th amendment, and they generally grant police permission to search -- which waives all of their rights. If an officer asks if they can search your vehicle and you allow them to (because you don’t think they’ll find anything), you essentially waive your rights to privacy and against unreasonable searches. People also don’t understand the 5th amendment and the right to refuse to make a statement.” Shawn noted how a lot of people think that their arrest was illegal and that their rights have been violated (and they would have been right), but they have waived their rights by consenting to searches.
“What are 3 reasons your firm is and has been so successful?”
- "I’m extremely approachable and willing to talk to my clients to help them understand their rights and the process their case will take."
- "I’m an actual litigation attorney, meaning I’m not afraid to try cases in court for my clients, rather than just taking a plea agreement at the first court appearance."
- "I take the cases that other attorneys might pass on! I’ll take a messy divorce, a weapons charge, cases with horrible alleged facts; I’ll help anyone because everyone deserves competent defense."
“Are you involved in your local community?”
“Absolutely. I do pro-bono work and work with several local charities, I do court appointed work for indigent people, and I represent people in divorce that might not be able to afford an attorney.” Shawn spends most of his time volunteering his services for the betterment of the people in his local community, and noted that there are lots of people who are stuck in bad situations because of a bad marriage, and he helps them even if they can’t necessarily afford legal services.
“What are some of your hobbies outside of being a lawyer?”
“Well I’m mostly too busy being a lawyer! I do enjoy Lake St. Clair, I love classic cars, and I love to work on engines.”
Even though Shawn Coppins works a lot off of word of mouth referrals, he understands the importance of marketing and having an online presence. He included that he’s met attorneys who think that clients don’t find a website necessary in order to hire an attorney, but Shawn wholeheartedly disagrees. Shawn’s website is maintained by MOPRO, and is extremely user friendly with information on the Coppins Law Group, its practice areas, and testimonials from happy clients.
Shawn is absolutely dedicated to practicing law and helping people, and is a generous pro-bono advocate for those who can not afford competent legal representation. Shawn’s continued success in criminal defense, divorce, child custody, and estate litigation are a testament to his great character. That’s why Shawn Coppins is Answering Legal’s featured attorney!
“Are you involved in the local community?”
“Yes. I’m on the board of the Rosecrance Foundation, which is a substance abuse rehabilitation facility that helps a lot of people here in the local community, including at least one of my clients. I am also on the board of the Anti-Defamation League in Chicago, where I help in the battle against hate crime. I do pro bono work regularly for a group that primarily serves the Polish community. The group helps those who can’t afford legal services.”
“Do you have any hobbies outside of being a lawyer?”
“Well when I get some free time I do like to play golf, occasionally tennis, and hang out with friends.” We had a good laugh about this because of the long hours James works when he is involved with numerous cases.
“What would you say is your strongest source of new clients?”
“I get a lot of referrals from lawyers who don’t practice criminal defense. Occasionally I will get a referral from a nonlawyer who has a friend in trouble.”
I was surprised to hear this from Mr. Shapiro, as his website design looks amazing. You can view it here: judgeshapirolaw.com. What I’ve gathered from our conversation is that Judge Shapiro does work mostly from referrals, but understands the importance of having an extremely user friendly and educational website for those who are referred to him. Just because someone refers you doesn’t mean that the client will actually hire you. If they do their research on you and aren’t happy with what they find, they might not hire you, which is not a problem for Judge Shapiro. His website is a testament to the effort he puts forth in everything he does, making him an excellent choice for a criminal defense attorney in Chicago, Illinois.