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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.


Practice areas


  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 80%
    16 years
  2. Real Estate: 10%
    16 years
  3. Business: 5%
    16 years
  4. Contracts: 5%
    16 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Richard J. McKyton

    Jon is an excellent lawyer. Jon is extremely knowledgeable, always prepared, and treats his clients very well. I would not hesitate to refer a client to him and his firm.


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  • Matthew Decell Weidner

    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.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Jon B. Coats, Jr., P.A.

1519 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North
St. Petersburg, FL, 33704


FLMember in Good Standing200306/17/2016
LAEligible to practice law200007/08/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Tulane Moot Court Senior Trial Competition FinalistN/A2000
Senior Articles Editor - Tulane Maritime Law JournalN/A2000
Certificate in Maritime LawN/A2000
Certificate of Advanced Study & Training in MediationN/A1998
International Honor Society in Social SciencePi Gamma Mu International Honor Society1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Jon B. Coats, Jr., P.A.2004 - Present
AttLaw Offices of Jack L. Townsend, P.A.2003 - 2004
AttorneyFrilot, Partridge, Kohnke & Clements2000 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Attorneys Title Insurance FundMember2005 - Present
St. Petersburg YMCANeighbor to Neighbor Christmas Program Executive Committee1991 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Louisiana Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Saint Petersburg Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Florida Academy of Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hawkspere Shipping Co., Ltd. v. Coastal Cargo Company, Inc.Verdict for client at trial
Cosmomar Shipping Co., Ltd., v. United States of AmericaN/A
Jeffrey K. Joyner v. ENSCO Offshore CompanySummary Judgment for Client
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Publication nameTitleDate
Environmental Law ReporterMedical Monitoring: The Evolution of a Cause of Action2000
Tulane Maritime Law JournalAIDS and the Doctrine of Maintenance and Cure1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of South FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Short Sale SeminarForeclosure Defense during the Short Sale Process2010
2010 Fund Affiliate Assembly - Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale, FloridaPractical Advice on Short Sales2010