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Gary Mitchell Coates

Gary Mitchell Coates

Location:
Lynchburg, Virginia
Phone:
434-528-3400
Fax:
434-385-0365
Email:
Gary M. Coates has been providing comprehensive legal services in the Central Virginia area since 1987. He was born in Lynchburg, VA in 1956 and was raised in Campbell County graduating from Rustburg High School. His family owned and operated a restaurant, motel, and cattle farm. Gary has been married since 1980 to artist and legal assistant Ayn F. Coates. Together, they have two daughters. He is active in the Lynchburg Community having served on the Boards of a number of local organizations. He has served as President of the Lynchburg Bar Association and was elected as the Central VA representative to the Virginia State Bar Association. In 2005, he was awarded the Lynchburg Pro Bono Award by the Virginia Legal Aid Society.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Family Law
  • Collections

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992

Education

  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    • J.D
    • Honors: McNeil Honor Society
    • Law Review: University of Richmond Law Review, 1985 - 1987
  • College of William & Mary, Williamsburg
    • B.A
    • Major: Geology
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • M.S. - 1987
    • Major: Environmental Science

Classes/Seminars

  • Doss v. Jamco, VA Trial Lawyer Association, 1996
  • Employment Law, VA CLE, 1997

Honors and Awards

  • Lynchburg Pro-Bono Award, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar Council, 2001 - 2007
  • Lynchburg Bar Association, President , 2001 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar

Past Employment Positions

  • McGuino Woods, Associate, 1987 - 1988
  • Fralin, Feinman, Coates & Kinnier, P.C., Partner, 1988 - 2006
  • Gary M. Coates, 2006 - 2013
  • Freeman Dunn Alexander Gay Lucy & Coates, PC, 2013 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Virginia Legal Aid Society, 1988 - Present

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Sigma Chi