A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Coppedge called Rome, Georgia home. He attended and graduated with honors from Darlington School. Mr. Coppedge graduated from college and law school at Emory University in Atlanta where he earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Law and his Juris Doctor degrees. While at Emory, he served as class president, president of Phi Delta Theta, captain of the varsity soccer team, and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. From 1965 through 1993, Mr. Coppedge practiced law in Dalton, Georgia with Mitchell, Coppedge, Wester, Bisson & Miller. In 1993, Mr. Coppedge formed a new law firm.
Formerly, Mr. Coppedge was appointed by then Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter to service on the Georgia Crime Commission and the Advisory Board of the Georgia State Board of Workers Compensation. Warren has served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the State of Georgia, assigned to the Department of Transportation. Mr. Coppedge served as a member of the State Bar of Georgia Evidence Study Committee formulating recommendations to the Legislature on matters of evidence. When Georgia adopted and modified Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Mr. Coppedge served as a member of a screening committee appointed by U.S. Senator Max Cleland to make recommendations concerning appointments of judicial applicants to the U.S. District Courts in Georgia.
Warren is a member of the Conasauga Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. Mr. Coppedge maintains a very active trial and appellate practice, and holds the distinction of having successfully appeared before the United States Supreme Court. He has been active in the field of legal education and has lectured at numerous litigation seminars. He has periodically served as a Special Master appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia to hear legal discipline matters.
Mr. Coppedge is married to the former Patricia Ann Martin of Jackson, Mississippi. Mrs. Coppedge is the owner of a business which sells designer apparel for women. Mr. and Mrs. Coppedge are the parents of three children, Ambassador Susan Coppedge Amato (RET); who is also a former United States Assistant Attorney for Northern District of Georgia; Reverand Doctor Elizabeth Coppedge Henley; who is Senior Pastor of Harrison United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Warren, III, who is the President of Kalmia, LLC which installs synthetic, architectural and athletic turf throughout the United States. Warren and Patti have six grandchildren.
The Coppedges are active in the First United Methodist Church of Dalton, where Mr. Coppedge has been lay leader and a Sunday School teacher. He has served on the Committee for Finance and Administration of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Mr. Coppedge is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Dalton, where he has served as President and Lieutenant Governor. He has been President of the Dalton-Whitfield Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Gridiron Society, and has been involved in many other civic, educational, and cultural endeavors.