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Injury Board Attorney Member

Leto Copeley

Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC

Durham, North Carolina

Practice Areas

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Tractor-Trailer Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Head & Brain Injuries
  • Property Owners' Liability (Slip & Fall)
  • Workplace Discrimination

Leto's Biography

Leto practices in the North Carolina state and federal courts, and before the North Carolina Industrial Commission. She handles cases of workplace injury and mistreatment, personal injury and wrongful death, and sexual harassment and sex abuse. She has the highest rating (5.0/5.0) for legal ability and ethical standards given by Martindale Hubbell. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in the area of workers’ compensation since 2005. Since 2006, Leto has been included in the list of North Carolina Super Lawyers published by Law and Politics Magazine. In the same magazine, she was  listed as one of the top fifty women lawyers in North Carolina from 2006-2009, and in 2014.


Leto regularly lectures and gives practical advice to her colleagues in the law. She has taught in continuing legal education programs sponsored by, among other groups, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association. Leto has served in various leadership roles in the North Carolina legal community. She is currently a member of the Litigation Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Crime Victim Bar Association. She previously served on the NCBA Labor and Employment, Law Practice Management, and Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section Councils. For five years she was a board member of Legal Aid of North Carolina. She has served as President of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, and in various leadership positions with the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, serving as previous Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section.


Leto believes in public service. Her first job after being admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1984 was as staff attorney with Legal Services of Southern Piedmont. She is actively involved in her church, St. Philips Episcopal of Durham, where she has served as a youth group leader and on the church vestry (governing board). For four years she served as the American Sign Language interpreter for the church, and in 2010, she was profiled in Law and Politics Magazine in an article entitled “The Interpreter,” which told of her participation as a team interpreter on a medical mission trip to Honduras. Leto is also an enthusiastic member of Rotary International and is president of the Hillsborough, NC chapter.


Leto moved to North Carolina in 1983, right after graduating from Harvard Law School, to work as a law clerk to the Honorable James E. McMillan (a native of McDonald, NC) of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. She immediately felt a harmony with the state and its people, and has never left. In her practice, she primarily represents individuals, since she has never forgotten the years when she had to fully support herself as an auto parts worker, house cleaner and waitress.



Hunter College of the City University of New York  1980
Harvard University Law School  1983

Other Activities, Interests, and Memberships

Recognition and Awards:
- The Best Lawyers in America, 2005 – present
- North Carolina Super Lawyers published by Law and Politics Magazine, 2006 – present
- One of the Top Fifty Women Lawyers in North Carolina, Law and Politics Magazine, 2006 – 2009
- Rated AV, the highest for legal ability and ethical standards, by Martindale Hubbell, 2001 – present
- Women of Wisdom Silver Service Award, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships:
- American Association for Justice, Member 2000 – present
- American Bar Association, Member 1994 – present (Individual Rights and Responsibilities, Labor and Employment, and Law Practice Management Sections)
- The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers, 2011
- National Employment Lawyers Association, Member 1993 – present
- Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group, Member 1999 – present
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Member 1993 – present (Chair, Workers’ Compensation Section 2004-5; Co-Chair, Women’s Caucus, 2000-02; Executive Committee, Employment Law Section, 1999-2000; member, Education Committee, 2008-09)
- North Carolina Bar Association, Member 1984 – present (Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section Council, 2011; Co-chair, CLE Committee, Litigation Section, 2011; Law Practice Management Section Council, 2008 – 2011; Law School Liaison Committee, 1999-2000; Labor and Employment Law Section Council, 1994-96)
- North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, Member 1984- present (President, 1998-99; Judicial Endorsements Committee, 1998 – 2005; Board of Directors, 1995 – 2000, 1990-91)
- North Carolina Judicial District 15B Bar, Member 2004 – present

Community Activities:
- Church, St. Philips Episcopal of Durham: Church Vestry, 2009 – present; Hispanic Ministry, 2008; Lay Reader 2008-09; American Sign Language Interpreter, 2009 – present; Journey to Adulthood Youth Program Leader, 2001-05
- Episcopal Diocese – Sponsored Honduras Health Mission, participant 2007, fundraiser and speaker, 2007-09
- Rotary International, President, Hillsborough, NC chapter, 2010 – present

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