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Attorney Jonathan Cope

Phone: (417) 986-1776
Fax: (417) 986-1900

Attorney Jonathan “Jack” Cope concentrates his practice in the areas of divorce and family law, including high net worth divorce matters, business litigation, and real estate litigation. Jack understands that family law requires a unique skill set: the ability to compassionately support clients through a difficult time, while objectively advocating for a just financial outcome to the divorce. Especially in cases where there are significant assets or family businesses involved, Jack knows that clients' strong emotion and attorneys' lack of financial knowledge can keep people from getting what they deserve. He takes pride in using his business background to help his family law clients gain a solid financial footing in their new lives post-divorce.

Jack describes his approach to litigation as “applying pressure to the opposition from all sides,” while keeping his own client informed and reassured. He is willing to advocate as forcefully as necessary to achieve his clients' aims, but believes in keeping clients apprised of the costs of an aggressive approach up front so that they can make informed decisions about how, and how far, to pursue a litigated matter. Because he prepares every case as thoroughly as if it is going to trial, Jack is often well-positioned to negotiate a favorable settlement for family law, business and real estate clients, sparing them the expense and stress of litigation.

A Missouri native, Jack Cope was has been instrumental in several developments in the Missouri business law community. He helped to found the Missouri Business Law Quarterly and was one of the attorneys who worked to bring LLC (Limited Liability Company) law into the state, providing a great benefit to countless Missouri businesses. Jack regularly shares his knowledge with other attorneys by presenting at continuing legal education (CLE) programs, and has been featured in the Missouri Bar “Best of CLE Spotlight.”

When not practicing law, Jack enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons at their home in Springfield, as well as reading, fishing, and cycling. He has also been a frequent lecturer on legal topics and has been active in SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses develop, grow, and thrive through education and mentorship.

Practice Areas

  • Divorce
  • High Net Worth Divorce
  • Business Valuation
  • Child Custody and Support
  • Spousal Support/Alimony
  • Business Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation

Education

  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D. (1979)
  • University of Central Missouri, B.S in Business Administration (1976)

Admissions to Practice

  • Missouri (1979)

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • The Missouri Bar
    Business Committee (Chair, 1991-92)
    Legal Education Committee (1993-2001)
  • The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
    Chair, CLE Committee (2007-08)

Publications

  • Limited Liability Companies: A Practitioner's Guide to Drafting Operating Agreements, The Missouri Business Law Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 4 (The Missouri Bar, Winter 1995), Co-author with Dale Schedler, Esq.
  • Missouri Corporate and Partnership Forms Handbook, 5th Edition, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (1994), Author of Chapter 3 (Close Corporations); Chapter 17 (Limited Liability Companies); and Chapter 18 (Business Planning Using LLCs)

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