David Copple

Copple, Rockey, McKeever & Schlecht P.C., .LL.O.
2425 Taylor Avenue
Norfolk, NE 68702

David E. Copple

David E. Copple's litigation practice is regional in scope. He has litigated cases in or represented clients from Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Mr. Copple's comprehensive practice emphasizes sophisticated litigation for plaintiff and defendant in cases involving personal injury, products liability, corporate-commercial, banking, creditor bankruptcy, securities, wrongful death, and real estate investment trusts.

Mr. Copple has successfully tried felony criminal cases, a felony manslaughter case and a first degree murder case.

Mr. Copple's appellate work has included cases of first impression, including: that a "farmer" is a "merchant" for purposes of the Nebraska Uniform Commercial Code; that a "bank employee" is not a "professional" for purposes of professional malpractice statute of limitations; that a named driver exclusion will not be applied in a manner that will deny an insured party uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage when the subject of the exclusion was not responsible for the injury and is not seeking coverage; that a secured creditor can qualify as a good faith purchaser for value and receive priority under Nebraska Uniform Commercial Code, Article IX over an unpaid seller; and that state common law theories of negligence and strict liability are preempted by The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act involving a "non-applicator" injured by toxic chemical exposure.

Areas of Practice:

Personal Injury

Products Liability



Creditor Bankruptcy

Wrongful Death

Real Estate

Litigation Percentage:

85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

Nebraska, 1983

U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1983

U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1991

U.S. Supreme Court, 2002


University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1983

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, 1980
Major: Business Administration
Major: Economics

Published Works:

Legal Education Articles

Representative Cases:

Roth v. Wiese, 271 Neb. 750, 716 N.W.2d 419 (Nebraska State Court and Supreme Court 2006)

Laravie v. Battle Creek Mut. Ins. Co., Not Reported in N.W.2d (Nebraska State Court and Court of Appeals 2005)

Ferden v. Sayler, Not Reported in N.W.2d (Nebraska State Court and Court of Appeals 2004)

Andersen v. A.M.W., Inc., 266 Neb. 238, 665 N.W.2d 1 (Nebraska State Court and Supreme Court 2003)

Harold D. Eyl v. Ciba-Geigy Corporation, 264 Neb. 582, 650 N. W. 2d 744 (Nebraska State Court and Supreme Court 2002)

State v. Dupsky, 10 Neb.App. 650, 635 N.W.2d 539 (Nebraska State Court and Court of Appeals 2001)

Neiman v. Neiman & Neiman Corp., Not Reported in N.W.2d (Nebraska State Court and Court of Appeals 2001)

Olson v. Olson, Not Reported in N.W. 2d (Nebraska State Court and Court of Appeals 2001)

Hood v. AAA Motor Club Ins. Ass'n, 259 Neb. 63, 607 N.W.2d 814 (Nebraska State Court and Supreme Court 2000)

Maryott v. Oconto Cattle Co., 259 Neb. 41, 607 N.W.2d 820 (Nebraska State Court and Supreme Court 2000)

Jorgensen v. State Nat. Bank & Trust Co., 255 Neb. 241, 583 N.W.2d 331 (Nebraska State Court and Supreme Court 1998)

Agrex, Inc. v. Schrant, 221 Neb. 604, 379 N.W.2d 751 (Nebraska State Court and Supreme Court 1986)

Representative Clients:




First National Bank Northeast

Beckenhauer Construction, Inc.

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Presenter, Legal Education Seminars

Honors and Awards:

A.V. Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Rating Services

Fellow, Nebraska State Bar Foundation

Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Board of Trial Advocates
Past President of the Nebraska Chapter

American Judicature Society

American Bar Association

Omaha Bar Association

Madison County Bar Association

American Association for Justice

Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys

Nebraska State Bar Association

International Council of Shopping Centers
Past Member

Pro Bono Activities:

Boys and Girls Home Past Board Member

Norfolk, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Chair

Northeast Community College Foundation, Past President

University of Nebraska, Alumni Association Member

University of Nebraska President's Advisory Committee Member


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