Anne Reynolds Copps, Esq.

Of Counsel

Anne Reynolds Copps, Esq. 2018-05-23T10:04:36+00:00

About Anne

Email: arcopps@theCDSLawFirm.com

Primary Practice Areas

ADOPTION
ASSISTED REPRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY
ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE
GUARDIANSHIP
NAME CHANGES
RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
CORPORATE FORMATION & OPERATIONS

Anne Reynolds CoppsAnne was admitted to the bar in New York in 1982 and is also admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court and the state courts in Vermont. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, Capital District Women’s Bar Association, Adirondack Women’s Bar Association, Vermont Bar Association, and Rensselaer County Bar Association. Anne graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 1978. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in political science. She then graduated from Albany Law School of Union University with JD in 1981.

Anne was a partner in the law firm of Martin, Shudt, Wallace, DiLorenzo, Copps & Johnson from 1984 until 1995 when she opened her own office in Albany, New York.

She has extensive experience in all areas of adoption law including private adoptions in New York State and Vermont, step/second parent adoptions, international adoptions, adoption agency representation, placements involving the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), and placements involving the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Anne also has experience in the related fields of Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP) and Assisted Reproductive Technology Law (ART), including egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation, and gestational carrier/surrogacy agreements.

In addition to her adoption practice, Attorney Anne Reynolds Copps also has vast experience in:

  • drafting simple and complex Wills and Trusts, as well as Health Care Proxies, Living Wills, Power of Attorneys, and Assignments of Agent for Disposition of Remains
  • residential and commercial real estate closings, lease drafting/negotiation, landlord tenant disputes, foreclosures, and short sales
  • name changes and legal gender changes for transgender individuals
  • educational matters, including special education and student discipline defense

Anne has been the recipient of several community and professional awards, including the Distinguished Member Award and the Kimberly A. Troisi-Paton Leadership Award from the Capital District Women’s Bar Association, the Attorney Professionalism Award, and the Pro Bono Award from the New York State Bar Association, the “Straight but not Narrow” Award from the Capital District Pride Center, and the Kate Stoneman Award from Albany Law School.

Anne is active in community affairs, currently serving as the Chair of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Real Property Section’s subcommittee on Not-For-Profit Entities, President of New York Attorneys for Adoption and Family Formation (NYAAFF), the Treasurer of Friends of the Rensselaer County Family Court Children’s Center, and also serving The Legal Project and the community of Mechanicville in a monthly free legal clinic. She is the former Treasurer of Adoptive Families of the Capital Region.

Anne has previously served as NYSBA’s Chair of the Real Property Section, Children and the Law Committee and Legal Specialization Committee, the Vice-President of Child’s Canterbury Foundation, the chair of the Committee on Professional Standards (attorney discipline committee), and on the Board of Directors of The Legal Project.

State of New York

State of Vermont

United States Supreme Court

Former U.S. District Court, Northern District of N.Y.

Albany Law School, 1981

State University of New York at Albany, 1978

Magna Cum Laude

Notable LGBTQ Adoption Case – successfully overturned on appeal a Family Court decision that required, as a condition to adoption by a same sex couple, that they prove that no married couple was available to adopt the child.

Professionalism Award, New York State Bar Association, Real Property Section

Distinguished Member Award, Capital District Women’s Bar Assoc.

Kimberly A. Troisi-Paton Leadership Award, Capital District Women’s Bar Assoc.

Attorney Professionalism Award, New York State Bar Assoc.

Pro Bono Award,  New York State Bar Assoc.

Straight but not Narrow Award, Capital District Pride Center

Kate Stoneman Award, Albany Law School

Super Lawyer Award (Adoption), Super Lawyers Magazine, 2007-2017

Empire Counsel, New York State Bar Association

Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, Fellow

New York Attorneys for Adoption and Family Formation, President

Albany County Bar Association, Honorary Member

Capital District Women’s Bar Association, Member & Past-President

Adirondack Women’s Bar Association, Member

Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Member

New York State Bar Association, Member

  • Real Property Section, Former Chair
  • Real Property Section Subcommittee on Not-for Profit Entities, Chair
  • Children and the Law Committee, Former Chair
  • Legal Specialization Committee, Former Chair

Vermont Bar Association, Member

Rensselaer County Bar Association, Member & Past-President

American Bar Association, Former Member

Adoptive Families of the Capital Region, Volunteer & Past-Treasurer

Friends of the Rensselaer County Children’s Center, Treasurer

The Legal Project, Former Director

Child’s Canterbury Foundation, Former Vice-President

The Legal Project, Pro Bono Panel Attorney

The Legal Project, Pro Se Divorce Clinic Attorney

The Legal Project, Mechanicville Community Center Legal Clinic

The Legal Project, Estate Planning Clinic Attorney

A Walk in Her Shoes, Volunteer

Freihofer’s Run for Women, Volunteer

Hannah’s Hope, Volunteer

Contact Info

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Albany, NY 12207

Phone: (518) 436-4170

Fax: (518) 436-1456

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