Jan A. KopczynskiPartner
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Jan A. Kopczynski is one of the founding partners of Ram, Olson, Cereghino, & Kopczynski LLP in San Francisco, California. He specializes in handling complex construction-defect cases, consumer and product-liability class actions, as well as business litigation and real-estate disputes. He also provides general counsel to the firm's commercial and community-association clients.
During his twelve years of practice, Mr. Kopczynski has negotiated millions of dollars in settlements for his clients as a result of successful mediations, arbitrations, and court trials. He has also been involved in the litigation and settlement of many product-liability class actions, including Richison et al. v. American Cemwood Corporation (San Joaquin Superior Court); Carr et al. v. Stimson Lumber Company (Alameda County Superior Court); Melvin Weiner v. Cal-Shake, Inc. (Contra Costa County Superior Court); and Trinity Properties v. Central Sprinkler Company of California (Contra Costa Superior Court).
Mr. Kopczynski received his Juris Doctor degree in 1998 from Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, in political science from the University of California at San Diego in 1992 as well as a Masters Degree, with honors, in 1993. He is a recipient of two Research Scholar awards (1991 and 1992) from the University of California at San Diego. In addition to studying law at Santa Clara University, he participated in the law school's Moot Court Competition and was selected as a member of the Trial Team, which competed in two elite trial competitions during his final year of law school.
Mr. Kopczynski is a member of the State Bar of California (1999) and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (1999) and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2005). He is also a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Mr. Kopczynski has published numerous articles regarding legal issues involving community associations, the construction process, class actions, energy deregulation, and community-association management. His most recent articles include Helping Lambs Slay Lions (ECHO Journal, October 2010), The Right to a Jury Trial in Disputes with Developers (ECHO Journal, January 2009), What Does it Mean for a Board Member to be a Fiduciary (ECHO Journal, October 2008), The Myth of Public Agency Protection in the Building Permit Process (ECHO Journal, June 1999). All of Mr. Kopczynski's articles can be found on the ROCK website.