Licensed to practice in Florida and Louisiana. Admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Courts of the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
I have handled cases in both State and Federal Courts in Florida, Louisiana, and multiple cases through pro hac vice admission in the Federal Courts of Texas, Georgia and Delaware.
Prior to starting my own law practice I gained invaluable litigation experience with a large New Orleans law firm handling cases through trial and appeal for a wide range of clients, including London based insurers, oil companies, oil field service providers, international maritime clients, and various multinational corporations. Upon returning home to the Tampa Bay area I headed up the litigation department for a small Tampa law firm focusing on personal injury litigation. After starting my own firm in 2004 I decided to narrow my practice to the representation of business owners, lending institutions, and individuals and companies in various business and commercial matters, real estate and land development and general civil litigation.
I believe that the practice of law should be focused on providing every client a true value added service. Accordingly, I attempt, whenever possible, to handle legal matters on a flat fee basis so that my clients know what any given case or matter will cost them. Additionally, if you don't need a lawyer, I will tell you so. No use paying me to do something you can easily handle yourself. Finally, I pride myself on being available to my clients. Yes, there are times when I am in Court, meeting with other clients, or in the middle of a real estate or commercial closing and I simply can't talk to you as soon as you call. But, I will call you back as soon as possible, and every client gets my cell phone number. Lawyers sometimes forget that their client's legal issues don't just happen between the hours of 9:00 to 5:00. If I accept a client, I want them to know that, within reason, I am always available to answer their questions and provide them with counsel.
I am a member of Tampa Bay Lodge 252, Free and Accepted Masons; Shriners of North America, Egypt Shriners, Tampa; and the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. I also proudly serve on the Executive Committee for the St. Petersburg Family YMCA Neighbor to Neighbor Christmas Program.
Licensed since 2000
Hourly ($250-300/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Mr. Coats for many years now on a variety of cases and in several different work areas. He is a tenacious and dedicated professional, who is well respected by his colleagues, clients and the courts. I wholeheartedly recommend him for any legal work and often turn to him myself for advice.
Matthew Weidner Foreclosure Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2003||05/07/2015|
|LA||Eligible to practice law||2000||07/14/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Tulane Moot Court Senior Trial Competition Finalist||N/A||2000|
|Senior Articles Editor - Tulane Maritime Law Journal||N/A||2000|
|Certificate in Maritime Law||N/A||2000|
|Certificate of Advanced Study & Training in Mediation||N/A||1998|
|International Honor Society in Social Science||Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society||1996|
|Owner||Law Offices of Jon B. Coats, Jr., P.A.||2004 - Present|
|Att||Law Offices of Jack L. Townsend, P.A.||2003 - 2004|
|Attorney||Frilot, Partridge, Kohnke & Clements||2000 - 2003|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Attorneys Title Insurance Fund||Member||2005 - Present|
|St. Petersburg YMCA||Neighbor to Neighbor Christmas Program Executive Committee||1991 - Present|
|Florida Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Louisiana Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Saint Petersburg Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Hillsborough County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Hawkspere Shipping Co., Ltd. v. Coastal Cargo Company, Inc.||Verdict for client at trial|
|Cosmomar Shipping Co., Ltd., v. United States of America||N/A|
|Jeffrey K. Joyner v. ENSCO Offshore Company||Summary Judgment for Client|
|Environmental Law Reporter||Medical Monitoring: The Evolution of a Cause of Action||2000|
|Tulane Maritime Law Journal||AIDS and the Doctrine of Maintenance and Cure||1999|
|Tulane University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|University of South Florida||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Short Sale Seminar||Foreclosure Defense during the Short Sale Process||2010|
|2010 Fund Affiliate Assembly - Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida||Practical Advice on Short Sales||2010|