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My practice is a combination of legal transactional (as listed), dispute resolution (pre-litigation), litigation oversight (litigation handled by Streeter & Nangano (, and business consulting (I don't address the business consulting here as it involves non-legal).  My extensive contract drafting, prior litigation background, and varied business experience allows me to deliver to clients unique value. My drafting is not with the usual "legalese", but is done in a way non-attorneys can understand.  The agreements I negotiate and draft are as part of a client's team, and from someone who knows what it is like to operate a business so I take into consideration the non-legal business factors and objectives as well.

I also bring the added plus of connections to my personal network to help a client accelerate their business objectives.  I look upon myself as part of a client team.  That network encompasses multiple disciplines including legal (specialty areas), financial, business, and support services.  Also included in the network is a powerful sub-network of proven vendors to help save you time and bring you value, from printers, to marketers, to security protection ... you name it.  Thus, my objective is to help my clients meet not just their legal objectives, but their business ones as well.   

I can't guarantee results.  But I can guarantee promptness, constant communication, incredible client service, and doing my utmost to bring value to you and your business.


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Practice areas


  1. Contracts: 70%
    27 years, 335 cases
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 30%
    22 years, 275 cases



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (45 minutes)

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  • Anthony Francis Witteman

    I have known Michael for more than 20 years. He is bright, articulate and hard working. He is willing to go the extra distance to get results for his clients.


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    Through my many years of knowing Mr. Coates and consulting with him on various cases and serving with him on committees or in organizations, I have found him to possess the utmost integrity. He has a wealth of experience, superior drafting skills and is a valuable professional resource. Mr. Coates is diligent, deliberate, creative and communicative, and makes his clients and their success a priority.


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Contact info

Michael L. Coates Sr, Esq, Attorney & Counselor, a Professional Law Corporation

5201 East Rolling Hills Drive, Suite 100
Anaheim, CA, 92807


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Moot Court Final FourMcGeorge School of Law1986
Law Review/Notes AuthorUniversity of Pacific Law Review1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentMichael L. Coates Sr., Esq., a PLC2011 - Present
Of CounselStreeter & Nangano2006 - Present
Outside CounselSouthern California Restaurant Writers Association2007 - 2012
Advisory Board MemberCalifornia Grocer's Association Advisory Board2006 - 2012
AssociateSaxon, Dean, Mason, Brewer & Kincannon2003 - 2005
VP Operations, Contracts & NegotiationsPCSInternet, Inc. dba SymphonyOne1998 - 2006
PartnerArter & Hadden1996 - 1997
Senior AssociateLewis D'Amato Brisbois & Bisgaard1995 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chi Phi FraternitySouthern California Alumni President2005 - 2012
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1987 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Printer Dispute Resolution & Recoveryagreement for full recovery & customer transition
Sales Employee Needing Commissions Paid After TerminationClient was paid all monies owed
Distributor & Referral AgreementsContracts signed with enhanced incentives
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Publication nameTitleDate
Legal Marketing AssociationYes You Can Measure Firm-Wide Marketing ROI2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of Southern CaliforniaBiologyBS - Bachelor of Science1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bay Area Law Firm Technology ConferenceThe Human Side of CRM2004
ACE-SCLA Annual Claims Exposition and ConferenceLitigation Management, and Retaining and Managing Outside Counsel2004