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James R. Copland


James R. Copland

James R. Copland

Senior Fellow,
Director, Legal Policy
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Corporate Governance
Litigation Reform
Medical Malpractice
Securities Litigation


B.A. in economics,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

J.D. and M.B.A.,
Yale University

M.Sc. in politics and world economy,
London School of Economics


James R. Copland is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and director of legal policy , which seeks to develop and communicate novel, sound ideas on how to improve America’s civil- and criminal-justice systems. He has testified before Congress and state and municipal legislatures; and has authored many policy white papers, book chapters, and articles in journals, including the Harvard Business Law Review and Yale Journal on Regulation, as well as opinion pieces in periodicals, including the Wall Street Journal, National Law Journal, and USA Today. Copland speaks regularly on civil- and criminal-justice issues; has made hundreds of media appearances in such outlets as PBS, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, C-Span, and NPR; and is frequently cited in news articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Economist, and Forbes. In 2011 and 2012, he was named to the National Association of Corporate Directors “Directorship 100” list, which designates the individuals most influential over U.S. corporate governance.

Prior to joining MI, Copland was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company in New York. Earlier, he was a law clerk for Ralph K. Winter on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Copland has been a director of two privately held manufacturing companies since 1997 and has served on many public and nonprofit boards. He holds a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Yale, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics; an M.Sc. in the politics of the world economy from the London School of Economics; and a B.A. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar.

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