John Cope has concentrated his 25-year practice in real estate title litigation after beginning his legal career as a seven-year felony prosecutor in Tarrant County where Cope gained extensive trial experience that includes 50 jury trials of charges such as drug possession and delivery, sexual assault, child abuse, and non-death penalty capital murder. After leaving prosecution, Cope spent several years with a civil litigation firm focusing on real estate title defense and related litigation. Cope founded his own law firm in 2012. He is often retained by highly respected title insurers to represent homeowners and lenders, and frequently represents settlement agents in disputes arising from real estate transactions.
Cope and his wife of over 35 years are foster parents for newborns, which has fueled his intense desire to fight the epidemic of addiction and to restore healthy families. The expansion of Cope’s practice into highly committed representation of children and parents in the child welfare system dovetails with his work as a foster parent, and the frequent role of addiction in families served has brought Cope full circle with his former work as a prosecutor with the Tarrant County Narcotics Intelligence and Coordination Unit. The goal of Cope’s child welfare practice is to not only protect those children, but also to meaningfully assist those who are willing to fight for their families and freedom from addiction.
Cope is a 1992 graduate of The University of Texas School of Law where he received a Dean’s Achievement Award in Insurance Law. In addition to his broad experience as an attorney, Cope is a former senior real estate lending officer who managed mortgage originations and specialized in residential interim construction.