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I am a former Commonwealth's Attorney with over 20 years of courtroom trial experience. I have conducted over 150 criminal and civil jury trials. This has given me a great deal of practical knowledge that benefits my clients.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 20%
  2. Speeding Ticket: 20%
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
  4. Criminal Defense: 20%
  5. Car Accident: 20%



Hourly ($250/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Jeff Coale, PLC Law Firm

PO Box 980
Emory, VA, 24327


VAAuthorized to practice law199009/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Order of the CoifWashington and Lee University School of Law1990
Herbert S. Larrick ScholarWashington and Lee University School of Law1989
American Jurisprudence AwardsWashington and Lee University School of Law1988
Victor S. Armbrister AwardEmory and Henry College1985
Thomas Jefferson AwardJefferson Society1985
Emory and Henry ScholarEmory and Henry College1982
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberJeff Coale, PLC2004 - Present
Commonwealth's AttorneyWashington County, Virginia1999 - 2003
Deputy Commonwealth's AttorneyWashington County, Virginia1998 - 1999
Assistant Commonwealth's AttorneyWashington County, Virginia1995 - 1998
AttorneyWhite Bundy McElroy Hodges & Sargent; White Elliott & Bundy1990 - 1995
Officer and Tactical Team MemberJames City County Virginia Police Department1985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Association of Commonwealth's AttorneysMember1999 - 2003
Virginia Association of Defense AttorneysMember1990 - 1995
Virginia State BarMember1990 - Present
Washington County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
confidentialI collected $6.25 million for my client.
Commonwealth of Virginia v R. T. D.Case dismissed on motion to strike.
B. E. P. v Merck & Co., Inc.I collected $219,325.18 for my client.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Emory and Henry CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Virginia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersThe Child Witness in Sexual Abuse Cases2010
Virginia Sentencing Commission and Virginia State BarEthics in Sentencing2009
various local law enforcement agenciesUpdate in Criminal Procedure2003
Commonwealth's Attorneys' Services CounselFaculty Member Trial Advocacy Program2003
Washington County, Virginia SchoolsDrug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)2002
Southwest Law Enforcement AcademyRole of the Commonwealth's Attorney2001
Bristol Optimist ClubRespect for Law Enforcement2000
Victims' Rights DayVictims' Rights1998
Southwest Law Enforcement AcademyCourtroom Demeanor1998
Emory & Henry CollegeRole of the Prosecutor in Society1997
Virginia Continuing Legal EducationBridge the Gap Seminar1994