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Gary Mitchell Coates 
Lynchburg, Virginia
phone 866-968-1778
434-485-5126
fax 434-385-0365
email Email Me

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, 1987
M.S.
Major:  Environmental Science


Classes/Seminars Taught:
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, 2001 - Present
President


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