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Gary Mitchell Coates 
Lynchburg, Virginia
phone 866-968-1778
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
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
University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
Honors: McNeil Honor Society
Law Review: University of Richmond Law Review, 1985 - 1987

College of William & Mary, Williamsburg
Major:  Geology

Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1987
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

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
Sigma Chi