Carlo Coppo, Esq.

Carlo Coppo - Partner
Phone: 760-918-0500 x18

Carlo Coppo attended Stanford University School of Law (L.LB, December 1962). He was admitted to the California Bar in June 1963 and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

In 1972 Mr. Coppo became a co-founder of the Riverside-San Bernardino Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is currently affiliated with the San Diego Chapter of ABOTA.  He has served as an arbitrator and judge pro tem for the San Diego County Superior Court, is a past Vice President of the California Academy for Attorneys for Healthcare Professionals (CAAHCP), a past member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Association of Health Care Risk Managers (SDAHRM) and a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC).

Mr. Coppo has tried in excess of 150 jury trials to verdict before courts of general jurisdiction including Superior Courts and United States District Courts in the Southern District of California. Approximately one third of those litigations have been in the medical malpractice arena, another third in the wrongful termination hospital staff privilege and peer review arena and the rest in general civil liability including the defense of flood litigations.

The current focus of Mr. Coppo’s practice is the defense of healthcare providers with particular emphasis on the defense of Medical Staff litigation arising out of the physician peer review process.  Mr. Coppo recently convinced the California Supreme Court to grant petition for review of two published decisions of Division I and II of the Fourth Appellate District applying the anti-SLAPP statute for the first time to prematurely-filed Medical Staff lawsuits.

Mr. Coppo has authored articles for and lectured to various continuing education groups, including the Beta Healthcare Group, SDAHRM, SCAHRM, CAAHCP, and the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL).

Extra-curricularly, Mr. Coppo is an award winning photographer, a published author, an actor for the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre in San Diego, a mentor for Garfield High School, and a reader of literature to school children through the auspices of BookPALS and the Screen Actors' Guild, a runner and an ocean swimmer.