Attorney Profile

Donald K. Coppa
Sole Practitioner
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Donald K. Coppa
I am a native Nevadan and a life-long resident of Washoe County so my roots in the community -both professionally and socially- run deep. I initially taught history at Hug High School before deciding I would rather deal with criminals than teenagers, and so entered law school. After graduating in 1973 I went to work for the Washoe County District Attorney’s office where I prosecuted criminals for 11 years. Upon retiring from the District Attorney’s office as the Assistant District Attorney I founded this practice in 1995 and have enjoyed helping people in various aspects of estate law ever since.

My philosophy is that people seeking legal advice during difficult times in their lives also need to be heard, and know that their interests will be protected. I’ve taken great care to create an environment in which people can feel comfortable. My work ethic is such that I enjoy coming to work each Monday just to take a break from home-based projects: As with anything I do, I give 110% and my clients can expect this same effort on their behalf.


  • Nevada, 1973


  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Nevada, B.A

Lori M. Thoma
I have been Donald K Coppa’s probate paralegal for the past 14 years and so have a long history with our clients. Like Donald Coppa, I have roots in the community because I have lived here most of my life, having graduated from Reno High School and as a language major from the University of Nevada.
One of the things I like so much about coming to work each day is the interaction with  people whether they’re long-time clients or new. Everyone has a story to share, and I truly enjoy getting to know our clients’ histories and personal anecdotes. It is immensely gratifying to hear from clients that we were so supportive during such a tough time.

Debra L. Hamilton
I have been an estate planning/corporate paralegal here in Reno for over 30 years, having worked for a close friend of Donald Coppa’s for over 25 of those years. In July 2015 I came to work with this firm and it has been a natural fit because I’ve known and worked with both Donald Coppa and Lori throughout the years on numerous cases. I have built relationships with clients that have endured for generations, handling trusts and estate plans for clients, their children and grandchildren.

The other character in this office is Ruby: an English Pointer who greets clients enthusiastically, and who believes she’s a lap-dog in spite of her 36 lbs.. She also functions as a therapy-dog, giving clients who are sometimes in distress some much needed dog-love.