Kirsten Copeland of Copeland Law Offices

Kirsten Copeland

Principal | J.D., University of Arizona , 2002

Kirsten entered the legal profession after a career as a precious metals exploration geologist.  She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Geology from Washington State University, and a Master of Science Degree in Geology from Michigan Technological University.  Kirsten received her J.D. from the University of Arizona in 2002.  Prior to opening her own practice in 2009, Kirsten practiced with Meyer Hendricks & Bivens and Lewis and Roca.  Kirsten’s practice focuses on litigation (commercial, construction, and real estate), as well as probate and estate planning.

Kirsten originally is from Seattle but has made the desert her home.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, Jon, and hiking with her dogs.

Sara

Sara V. Ransom

Of Counsel | University of Arizona, J.D. 2005

Feeling the need to escape the rain, Sara left her home state of Oregon to explore the desert, and she decided to make it her home. She attended the University of Arizona, where she received both her a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and her J.D. After graduation, Sara practiced with Squire Patton Boggs and Ballard Spahr, where she was regularly recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in commercial litigation. In 2015, she moved to Cochise County, Arizona, where she still resides. Until joining Copeland Law Offices as Of Counsel, Sara worked for the Cochise County Attorney's Office, handling civil and water law matters as well as prosecuting violent felony crimes. While with Cochise County, Sara was recognized by the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys' Advisory Council as a Rising Star Prosecutor of the Year for the State of Arizona and was also awarded a Commendation from Arizona Game and Fish for her work on recreational access for the public. Sara’s practice focuses on litigation (commercial and real estate), water law, and probate and estate planning.

She enjoys traveling, hiking (usually with Kirsten!) and gardening.

In addition to providing services to Copeland Law Offices PLLC's clients, Sara also serves as Of Counsel for TSL Law Group, PLC, advising those clients on water law matters.

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Heather L. Fish

Paralegal | J.D., Arizona Summit Law School , 2013

Heather is a paralegal with Copeland Law Offices, PLLC. She began her professional career in banking where she was a Vice President of Commercial Lending. She then became an owner/principal for a family owned business as well as a “stay at home” Mom. When returning to work, she became a Financial Advisor and subsequently attended law school. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters Certificate in Education from Arizona State University. Heather received her J.D. from Arizona Summit Law School in 2013 and was admitted to the State Bar of Minnesota in 2016. Her professional legal career began at Copeland Law in 2015 where she focuses on estate planning and probate and trust administration.

Heather is a native Phoenician who resides in the west valley. She enjoys spending time playing golf, tennis and hiking all over the valley with her dogs and girlfriends. She enjoys traveling and watching football and baseball.

Kim Miller of Copeland Law Offices

Kim Miller

Paralegal | M.A., Northwestern

Kim is a paralegal at Copeland Law Offices.  Prior to her civilian career, Kim served in the United States Air Force as a paralegal.  She retired as a Chief Master Sergeant after serving for 25 years.  Kim has experience as a civilian paralegal in civil litigation, tort litigation, and probate and trust litigation and administration.  Kim graduated with Honors from the Air Force paralegal school, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Marketing and Communications from Northwestern University. 

Kim is from Chicago but calls Phoenix her home after traveling the world.  Kim is also a certified yoga instructor and works with disabled veterans suffering from PTSD.  Kim enjoys camping and hiking with her husband and taking motorcycle trips with her girlfriends. 

Stephennei

Stephennie Stuart

Office Manager | Paralegal

Stephennie Stuart joined Copeland Law Offices in 2020 as the Office Manager/Paralegal. She is a graduate of Palomar College with an AA in Paralegal Studies, with honors (Lambda Epsilon Chi), and received her Certified Legal Assistant designation in April of 1998. She has over 20 years of experience as a legal professional that includes all aspects of civil litigation, discovery, trial preparation, trial and arbitration. She has worked in the areas of securities litigation, employment discrimination, wage and hour, harassment, personal injury, premises liability, product liability and mass tort litigation. She has assisted on a variety of cases ranging in size, from single plaintiff to class action matters. In addition to her litigation experience, she has experience in the areas of Intellectual Property, Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Mergers and Acquisitions and Construction Defect Litigation.

In addition to working at Copeland Law Offices PLLC, Stephennie is an Adjunct Professor in the Legal Studies Program at Phoenix College where she teaches aspiring Paralegals.

Stephennie and her husband, Troy are originally from San Diego and have made Phoenix their home. They enjoy cooking together, taking their two dogs for walks and being the proud parents to their daughter.

Ryelle

Ryelle Gunyan

Paralegal Assistant