Coates, Thomas F. III

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Address: 5206 Markel Road Suite 200, Richmond, VA 23230
Lawyer Firm: Coates & Davenport, P.C.
Phone: 804-729-5537
Fax: 804-285-2849 804-285-3426

Areas of PracticeLitigation Corporate Law, Transactions

Thomas Coates is co-founder, as well as an officer, director, shareholder and executive committee member, of Coates & Davenport. 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 served as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Richmond, where he prosecuted thousands of criminal cases, including 50 felony jury trials.After founding Coates & Davenport in 1974, Tom’s primary areas of practice included litigation, commercial transactions, corporate and 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 businesses, professional practices and their manage­ments on matters pertaining to organizational structure and restructuring, debt and equity capital formation, strategic plan­ning and marketing, contract negotiation, risk management, executive compensation and severance, restrictive covenants, intellectual property protection, and prevention and/or res­olution 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 institu­tions in Virginia and beyond.

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