Brad Coppedge was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. He received his B.B.A. in Accounting from Mercer University in 1993, his J.D. degree from Mercer University School of Law in 1996, and his LL.M. (Masters of Law) in Taxation from the University of Miami School of Law in 1997. Before joining HBS, Mr. Coppedge practiced at Hatcher, Stubbs, Land Hollis and Rothschild, LLP for 18 years, becoming a partner in 2002. He joined Hall Booth Smith in 2016. He has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1996 and the Alabama Bar since 1998. Mr. Coppedge is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and is a member of the Columbus Bar Association.
Mr. Coppedge's practice is devoted to business, tax and personal planning, particularly in the areas of entity selection/formation, estate planning and probate, and tax controversies. Mr. Coppedge provides estate and tax planning advice for individuals, including the preparation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, family partnerships and various charitable planning techniques. Mr. Coppedge also works with clients in the creation of Special Needs Trusts (SNTs), both for self-settled and third party donor created trusts, in Medicaid planning and planning for beneficiaries with disabilities.
Mr. Coppedge also represents existing small and family-owned businesses, new start-up business and a number of physician groups. He advises these clients on the best form of entity from a tax, liability, and operational standpoint, entity formation, and continued representation on matters such as employment agreements, buy-sell agreements, contracts, leases, retirement plans and other matters related to the operation of a business. Mr. Coppedge also regularly represents both entity and individual clients in controversies with the IRS and the State Department of Revenue.
Mr. Coppedge's practice is also committed to helping clients with NFA Gun Trusts, which are also referred to as Class 3 Trusts or a Firearms Trusts. NFA Trusts are an excellent way to legally purchase and own a Title II Firearm sold by Class 3 dealers and also operate to prevent surviving family members from inadvertently violating the law.
Mr. Coppedge has written numerous articles in local, state and national publications and often speaks locally and regionally at events sponsored by private and public groups, on the topics of estate planning and choice of entity. Mr. Coppedge is AV rated by martindale.com.
Georgia Bar Journal, "LLP or LLLP? Creating Limited Liability For a General Partnership," by Bradley R. Coppedge and W. Fray McCormick (August, 1998)
Georgia Bar Journal, "Choice of Entity in Estate Planning" (December, 2000)
Estate Tax Planning Advisor, "Choice of Entity Impacts Estate Planning," by Bradley R. Coppedge & Morton A. Harris, Aspen Publishers (January, 2003, Volume 2, Issue 1)
Probate & Property Magazine, "LLC Operating Agreements: Drafting Tips and Traps for the Unwary" (January/February, 2005)
ALI-ABA Program Materials, Representing Professional and Closely Held Businesses: Qualified Plans, Welfare Benefits, and Tax Planning, Scottsdale, AZ (February 17-19, 2005)
"LLC Operating Agreements: Drafting Tips and Traps for the Unwary," originally published in Probate & Property Magazine(January/February, 2005)
GP Solo Magazine, "LLC Operating Agreements: Drafting Tips and Traps for the Unwary," Best Articles (September, 2005, Volume 22, No. 6)
The Practical Lawyer, "Circular 230: Why, What, When and How?" (February, 2006, Volume 52, Number 1)
Probate & Property Magazine, "Transfers to Trust and Use of UTMA Custodial Accounts" (May/June, 2009)
"Estate Planning & Probate Overview for the Georgia and Alabama Non-Lawyer: Just the Basics Please!" copyright 2009, Bradley R. Coppedge
"Home Sweet Home: How the '97 Tax Act Affects the Sale of a Principal Residence," Georgia ICLE program (1998)
Asset Protection in Georgia, Lorman Education Series, Albany, Georgia, "S Corporations, Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies" (December 14, 2005)
51st Annual Estate Planning Institute, Athens, Georgia, February, 2006, "Choice of Entity in Estate and Business Planning"
2007 Real Property Law Institute, Destin, Florida, "Choice of Entity" (May 4-5, 2007)
"Hot Legal & Employment Topics for The Small Business Owner," Columbus, GA Chamber of Commerce (March, 2010 & August, 2011)
GA Society of CPAs Annual Estate Planning Conference, "Choice of Entity in Business & Estate Planning," (July, 2011)
Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2005 - 2011
"Estate Planning & Probate Overview for the Georgia and Alabama Non-Lawyer: Just the Basics Please!" copyright 2009, Bradley R. Coppedge, republished 2015, 2016
State Bar of Georgia - Fiduciary Law and Taxation Law Sections
Alabama State Bar
Columbus Bar Association
St. Paul United Methodist Church (Member)
Uptown Columbus, Inc. (Board of Directors, 2008-2010)
Chamber of Commerce - Business Development & Networking Committee (Chair, 2010 - 2013)
Georgia Federal Tax Conference (Trustee 2014 -)