Kathleen “Casey” Copps DiPaola, Esq.

Partner

Kathleen “Casey” Copps DiPaola, Esq.2018-08-31T10:10:00+00:00

About Casey

Email: kdipaola@theCDSLawFirm.com

Primary Practice Areas

ADOPTION
ASSISTED REPRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY
ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE
GUARDIANSHIP
FAIR HEARINGS
SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS & MEDIATION
NAME CHANGES
RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
CORPORATE FORMATION & OPERATIONS
ITALIAN/AMERICAN DUAL CITIZENSHIP
EDUCATION LAW
EMPLOYMENT LAW

Casey Copps DiPaola

Casey was previously an associate attorney at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, Albany’s largest law firm, where she practiced primarily in the areas of Labor and Employment, Education and Litigation. Casey joined her mother, Anne Reynolds Copps, in practice as an associate with the firm in 2012 and became Anne’s partner in 2014, creating Copps DiPaola, PLLC, the first mother-daughter law firm in the Capital Region. In 2018, Lorraine Silverman joined the firm as a partner and the firm name changed to its current name.

Casey understands that many of her clients come to her during difficult and stressful times in their lives. She strives to educate her clients on the law and their options so they can make educated decisions about the trajectory of their cases. Casey understands that, while the matter that brings her clients to her are incredibly important to them, the vast majority of her clients have limited funds to spend on legal representation. With that in mind, Casey openly discusses with her clients the relative costs of various options and helps them to engage in a cost-benefit analysis.

Casey prides herself on being a creative problem solver and refuses to take a one size fits all approach to her cases. She spends time with her clients getting to know the facts of their cases intimately so she can help them brainstorm possible solutions to the problem that brought them to her. Particularly in matters involving families, Casey believes that working together to come up with a solution that addresses the needs and concerns of all involved to the best extent possible is almost always preferable to litigation, which can do irreparable damage to relationships. That being said, Casey has extensive litigation experience and, in the event that settlement is not an option, she is willing and able to zealously litigate on behalf of her clients.

Casey focuses her practice in all areas of adoption law. She has experience representing birth and adoptive parents in private adoptions, voluntary agency adoptions, foster care adoptions and step/second parent adoptions. Casey also has experience representing adoption agencies and handling adoption subsidy fair hearings. Casey also practices in the related area of assisted reproductive technology law (egg/sperm/embryo donation and surrogacy/gestational carrier agreements) and kinship guardianship (KinGAP). Casey also practices in the areas of not-for-profit/for-profit/religious corporation formation and operations, estate planning and trusts, probate, real estate, landlord/tenant, employment law, education law and name changes.

Casey regularly practices in the Capital District and surrounding counties, including Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Columbia, and Schoharie. Casey also routinely travels as far north as Plattsburgh, as far south as Kingston, and as far west as Syracuse to represent birth and adoptive parents in adoptions. Casey is also admitted in Vermont where she practices exclusively in adoption and assisted reproductive technology law.

Casey lives in Clifton Park with her husband Jeffrey, a high school special education teacher, and their sons Evan and Corey.

State of New York

State of Vermont

United States Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

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

U.S. District Court, Western District of N.Y.

Albany Law School

Salutatorian

Summa Cum Laude

Albany Law Review, Senior Editor

Justinian Society

Pro Bono Society, Secretary

Constitutional Law Research Assistant

Judicial Internships, Supreme Court & Appellate Division

Family Violence Litigation Clinic

Warren County District Attorney’s Office, Intern

Rochester Institute of Technology

Highest Honors

Honors Program

Successfully litigated birth parent abandonment hearings in private and agency adoptions.

Successfully converted a KinGAP guardianship into an adoption, maintaining the subsidy for the adoptive parents.

Successfully litigated a post-adoption attack of a step-parent adoption for a same sex couple made by a known sperm donor on the grounds of fraud.

Successfully litigated fair hearings for foster parents, parents and child care workers who had indicated CPS reports.

Represented a private adoption agency in an OCFS investigation.

Represented a private adoption agency in an adoption subsidy fair hearing.

Successfully revised vital records of deceased individuals to facilitate dual citizenship applications.

Assisted multiple not-for-profits with compliance with the Not-For-Profit Revitalization Act.

Assisted multiple religious and not-for-profit corporations with Court and/or Attorney General approval of sales, dispositions of substantially all of the entity’s assets, mergers, and dissolutions.

Successfully probated a photocopy of a Will with handwriting on it and an improperly executed codicil attached to it.

Casey Copps DiPaola, What is ART Law Anyways? (Hint: it has nothing to do with artwork). The Capital District Women’s Bar Association (CDWBA). Winter 2017 Newsletter.

Casey Copps DiPaola, Brooke S.B. (Non-Parent Standing in Custody/Visitation): How We got There and What’s Happened Since. The Capital District Women’s Bar Association (CDWBA). Summer 2017 Newsletter.

Casey Copps DiPaola, New Categories of Individuals Eligible to Adopt (a possible solution for victims of domestic violence). The Capital District Women’s Bar Association (CDWBA). Fall 2016 Election Newsletter.

Casey Copps DiPaola, Basics of Name Changes and Recent Developments for Transgender Individuals. The Capital District Women’s Bar Association (CDWBA). Summer 2016 Newsletter.

Casey Copps DiPaola, Well Intentioned Same-Sex Adoption Case Causes Unintended Consequences for Same Sex Couples. The Capital District Women’s Bar Association (CDWBA). Summer 2014 Newsletter.

Kathleen A. Copps, Nicholson v. Scopetta: The Good, The Bad & The Future: An Analysis of the Effects & Suggestions for Further Improvements. 72 Alb. L. Rev. 497. 2009.

Kathleen A. Copps, Children Who Witness Domestic Violence. The Journal of Social and Legal Research at RIT. 2006.

Adoption for AFCs (Attorneys for Children) (2018)

Estate Planning Basics at Morgan Stanley’s Women, Wealth & Wellness (2018)

LGBT Law Series at Albany Law School: Legal Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults (2017)

Albany Law School Guardianship Class Guest Speaker (2017)

The Legal Project’s Legally Speaking Series on Estate Planning (2013-present)

Various EAP Programs on Estate Planning (2013-present)

Resident Education on Estate Planning at ROUSE (2013)

New York State Bar Association, Empire Counsel, 2011

Clobridge Memorial Award for Pro Bono Service, The Legal Project, 2012.

Outstanding New Lawyer Award, Capital District Women’s Bar Association, 2013

Rising Star Award (Family Law), Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014-2018.

Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, Fellow

New York Attorneys for Adoption and Family Formation, Member

Appellate Division, Third Department, Committee on Character & Fitness, Former Member

Capital District Women’s Bar Association, Member, Former First Vice President, Second Vice President, Treasurer, Legislative Committee Chair, Membership Committee Chair, Newsletter Contributor, Program Committee Chair

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

New York State Bar Association, Member

Family Law Section, Member

Vermont Bar Association, Member

Albany County Bar Association, Member

Rensselaer County Bar Association Artwork Restoration Committee, Member

The Legal Project, Former Director

The Legal Project

Pro Se Divorce Clinic Attorney & Trainer (Law Students/Paralegals)

Mechanicville Community Center Legal Clinic

Estate Planning Clinic Attorney

Pro Bono & Reduced Fee Panel Attorney

The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Attorney for a Day (Evictions)

The Junior League of Albany, Former Member

Contact Info

126 State Street, 6th Floor
Albany, NY 12207

Phone: (518) 436-4170

Fax: (518) 436-1456

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