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Thomas F. Coates III - Richmond, VA

5206 Markel RoadSuite 200 Richmond, VA 23230

Updated: 05/14/2024

Richmond Litigation Lawyer

Overview

Thomas F. Coates, III ("Tom") is co-founder, as well as an officer, director, shareholder and executive committee member of the Firm. Tom began his practice as a U.S. Army lawyer and later focused his practice on civil rights, criminal defense and civil litigation. In the early- to mid-1970s, he also served as Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Richmond, where he prosecuted thousands of criminal cases, including more than 50 felony jury trials...

Thomas F. Coates, III ("Tom") is co-founder, as well as an officer, director, shareholder and executive committee member of the Firm. Tom began his practice as a U.S. Army lawyer and later focused his practice on civil rights, criminal defense and civil litigation. In the early- to mid-1970s, he also served as Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Richmond, where he prosecuted thousands of criminal cases, including more than 50 felony jury trials.

After founding the Firm in 1974 (originally as Coates & Comess, thereafter as Coates & Davenport, and now as Coates, Battle & Tyree), Tom's primary areas of practice included litigation (both civil and criminal), commercial transactions, corporate, divorce and family law. He has an extensive background in real estate and business transactions from residential and commercial real estate purchases and sales to major corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Tom has provided general business and corporate legal advice to businesses, professional practices and their manage¬ments on matters pertaining to organizational structure and restructuring, debt and equity capital formation, strategic plan¬ning and marketing, contract negotiation, risk management, executive compensation and severance, restrictive covenants, intellectual property protection, and prevention and/or res-olution of shareholder/partnership/limited liability company membership-management disputes.

He has life-long and extensive involvement in the Richmond and Commonwealth business and non-profit communities, serving as a board member for various corporations. He was chairman of the organizing committee and an initial director in the formation and start-up of First Capital Bank in Richmond, and has served on the boards of and as counsel for numerous non-profit educational and charitable organizations and institu¬tions in Virginia and beyond.

About Thomas F. Coates III

Year Joined Firm

  • 1975

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Child Custody & Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Divorce
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial/Business Transactions
  • Real Estate Law
  • Estates
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Advance Medical Directives
  • Probate

Litigation

  • 50%

Representative Cases

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • Virginia, 1969
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1972
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1987

Other Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Virginia State Bar (Member, Business Law Section and Family Law Section)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Bar Association of the City of Richmond
  • Henrico County Bar Association
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association

Past Positions

  • City of Richmond, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
  • First Capital Bank in Richmond

Education

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia, 1969
    J.D.
  • Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA, 1966
    B.A.

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Articles

Published Works

  • Dunbar Group, LLC v. Tignor, 267 Va. 361, 593 S.E. 2d 216, Va. LEXIS 49 (2004)
  • Swander v. Swander, Va. App. LEXIS 419 (Court of Appeals of Virginia 2001)
  • Hendrick v. Brown & Root, Inc., 50 F.Supp. 2d 527 (U.S. Dist. Court E.D. Va 1999)
  • Parks v. Parks, Va. App. LEXIS 85 (Court of Appeals of Virginia 1998)
  • IAC International v. James, U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21859 (U.S. Dist. Ct. E.D. Va. 1996)
  • Gelletly v. Gelletly, Va. App. LEXIS 39 (Court of Appeals of Virginia 1996)
  • Griswold v. Commonwealth, 21 Va. App. 22; 461 S.E.2d 411 (Court of Appeals of Virginia 1995)
  • Hughes v. Gentry, 18 Va. App. 318; 443 S.E.2d 448 (Court of Appeals of Virginia 1994)
  • Everett v. I-Net, Inc., 900 F2d 251 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 1990)
  • Wiecking v. Allied Medical Supply Corp., 239 Va. 548; 391 S.E.2d 258 (Supreme Court of Virgin­ ia 1990)
  • Morris v. United Virginia Bank, 237 Va. 331; 377 S.E.2d 611 (Supreme Court of Virginia 1989)
  • Miles v. Richmond, 236 Va. 341; 373 S.E.2d 715 (Supreme Court of Virginia 1988)
  • Vt. Mut. Ins. Co. v. Ctr., Inc., CL96-156, CIRCUIT COURT OF NELSON COUNTY, VIRGINIA, 66
  • Goode v. Commonwealth, Record No. 760506, Supreme Court of Virginia, 217 Va. 863, April 22, 1977, 234 S.E.2d 239; Va. LEXIS 250
  • Nero v. Commonwealth, Record No. 7932, Supreme Court of Virginia, 213 Va. 154; 191 S.E.2d 226, September 1, 1972, Va. LEXIS 324
  • Holt v. Richmond, Civ. A. No. 151-71-R, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EAST­ ERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA, RICHMOND DIVISION, 334 F. Supp. 228, November 20, 1971
  • Holt v. Richmond, Nos. 71-2185, 71-2186, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT, 459 F.2d 1093, February 10, 1972, U.S. App. LEXIS 9768
  • Holt v. Richmond, SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, 406 U.S. 903
  • Holt v. Richmond, SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, 92 S. Ct. 1602
  • Holt v. Richmond, SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, 31 L. Ed. 2d 814
  • Holt v. Richmond, SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, Apr. 24, 1972
  • Holt v. Richmond, SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, 408 U.S. 931
  • Holt v. Richmond, SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, 92 S. Ct. 2510
  • Holt v. Richmond, SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, 33 L. Ed. 2d 343
  • Holt v. Richmond, SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, Jun. 26, 1972
  • Holt v. Richmond, SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, 429 U.S. 914
  • Holt v. Richmond, SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, 97 S. Ct. 304
  • Holt v. Richmond, SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, 50 L. Ed. 2d 280
  • Holt v. Richmond, SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, November 1, 1976

Office Information

Address

5206 Markel RoadSuite 200 Richmond, VA 23230

Fax

  • 804-285-2849

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