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James R. Cope

Cope & Peterson, Ltd.
415 First Street South
Virginia, MN 55792

Phone: (218) 749-4470
Fax: (218) 749-4783
Voice Mail: (218) 742-9913

Areas of Practice

Mediation / Early Neutral Evaluation


Undergraduate studies at Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A., 1979); University of Minnesota (B.S. 1981)

Earned Juris Doctorate degree from Hamline University in 1987

Studied Japanese language and culture at Kansai Gaidei University of Foreign Study in Osaka, Japan. Taught English to Japanese college students. Taught grade school in Eveleth, Minnesota. Taught high school chemistry and biology in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Community Involvement

Coach of the Virginia High School Mock Trial team
Past president of Ducks Unlimited Association, Iron Range Chapter

Professional Activities

Range Bar Association

  • President, 1990

Minnesota State Bar Association

Court Admissions

Minnesota, 1987
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Honors & Distinctions

Certified by the Civil Litigation Section, Minnesota State Bar Association as a civil trial specialist.

Qualified civil neutral mediator and arbitrator under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice

Personal Profile

Jim was born in 1956 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He lives in Britt, Minnesota. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, sailing and curling.