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John F. Cope

***Of Counsel

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

Phone: (218) 749-4470
Fax: (218) 749-4783
Voice Mail: (218) 742-9911

Areas of Practice

Real Estate
Elder Law
Corporate Law
Estate Planning
Probate Law


Undergraduate studies in political science at University of Minnesota. Graduated in 1970.

Earned Juris Doctorate degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in 1974.

Community Involvement

Virginia Rotary Club

Six-year member of Virginia Area School District Board of Directors, including a term as president.

Professional Activities

Minnesota State Bar Association

  • Business Law Section
  • Elder Law Section
  • Probate Section
  • Trust Law Section
  • Real Property Section

Range Bar Association

Court Admissions

Minnesota, 1974
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Honors & Distinctions

Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia Area Jaycees.

Leading American Attorney in the areas of residential real estate law and trusts and estate planning law, an honor bestowed on less than six percent of the attorneys in the state of Minnesota.

For eleven years John has been named as a "Super Lawyer" in the State of Minnesota.

Personal Profile

John was born in 1947 in Virginia, Minnesota. John and his wife, Linda, raised five daughters while living in rural Virginia and they now enjoy time with their 11 grandchildren. He enjoys passing on his love for the outdoors, gardens, fishing and hunting to his grandchildren and is also dedicated to supporting his grandchildren in their numerous activities.