Terence R. Coates

Managing Partner

513.665.0204

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VCard: Terence R. Coates

As the youngest of six children, Terry Coates, the firm’s managing partner, has always been comfortable in chaotic environments. Terry focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, class action litigation, and sports & entertainment law.  Before joining MSD, Terry acted as the firm administrator at one of the nation’s preeminent plaintiffs’ litigation law firms.

Several organizations have recognized Terry’s accomplishments and dedication to the practice of law.  In 2014, Wittenberg University, Terry’s alma mater, presented him the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. In 2015, Terry’s peers in the Cincinnati legal community awarded him the Cincinnati Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Professionalism Award. He has been designated an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star each year from 2014 through the present – a distinction awarded to only 2.5% of all attorneys in Ohio under the age of 40.

Terence R. Coates

Managing Partner

As the youngest of six children, Terry Coates, the firm’s managing partner, has always been comfortable in chaotic environments. Terry focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, class action litigation, and sports & entertainment law.  Before joining MSD, Terry acted as the firm administrator at one of the nation’s preeminent plaintiffs’ litigation law firms.

Several organizations have recognized Terry’s accomplishments and dedication to the practice of law.  In 2014, Wittenberg University, Terry’s alma mater, presented him the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. In 2015, Terry’s peers in the Cincinnati legal community awarded him the Cincinnati Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Professionalism Award. He has been designated an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star each year from 2014 through the present – a distinction awarded to only 2.5% of all attorneys in Ohio under the age of 40.

513.665.0204

F: 513.665.0219

tcoates@msdlegal.com

VCard: Terence R. Coates

MOTIVATING FACTOR

“I am motivated by the fact that we’ve established a firm that provides our clients with top notch legal representation, but that remains quick and nimble so that we’re able to take on even the largest of opposing parties. We have the track record of successfully representing our clients in cases against some of the largest companies in the country.”

CREATING VICTORY

“We’ve put together a stable of attorneys with decades of experience in some of the country’s most complex class action and commercial litigation cases. We supplement our attorneys’ extensive litigation experience with the belief that there is no substitute for working harder than your opponent. This drives us to constantly seek favorable solutions for each of our clients’ legal disputes.”

We supplement our attorneys’ extensive litigation experience with the belief that there is no substitute for working harder than your opponent.”

"We supplement our attorneys’ extensive litigation experience with the belief that there is no substitute for working harder than your opponent.”

EDUCATION

The Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. (2009)
Wittenberg University, B.A. (2005)

RECOGNITIONS & AFFILIATIONS

  • Wittenberg University Outstanding Young Alumnus Award (2014)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section Professionalism Award (2015)
  • JDRF Bourbon & Bow Tie Bash, Young Professional (Volunteer) of the Year for the Flying Pig Marathon (2016)
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • The Potter Stewart American Inn of Court

SIGNIFICANT CASES

Williams v. Duke Energy, No. 1:08-cv-0046, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio (representing class of energy consumers against energy provider in complex antitrust and RICO class action resulting in the court granting final approval of an $80.875 million settlement).
Ohio Public Employees Retirement System v. Federal Home Loan Mortgage (“Freddie Mac”), No. 4:08-cv-0160, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio (special counsel for Ohio public pension funds as Lead Plaintiffs in Section 10b-5 securities class action litigation).
In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness Licensing Litigation, No. 4:09-cv-1967, United States District Court, Northern District of California (representing NCAA, Olympic, and NBA legend Oscar Robertson in antitrust claims against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Collegiate Licensing Company, and Electronic Arts resulting in a $40 million settlement with Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Company and the Court issuing a permanent injunction against the NCAA for unreasonably restraining trade in violation of antitrust law).
Collins Inkjet v. Eastman Kodak, No. 1:13-cv-0664, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio (trial counsel for Collins in an antitrust tying claim resulting in a preliminary injunction against Kodak – a decision that was affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals: Collins Inkjet Corp. v. Eastman Kodak Co., 781 F.3d 264 (6th Cir. 2015).
In re Toyota Motor Corp., Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices & Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2151, United States District Court, Central District of California (represented plaintiffs and prepared potential class representatives for deposition testimony that resulted in a settlement valued at roughly $1.6 billion).
In re Fannie Mae Securities Litigation, No. 1:04-cv-1639, United States District Court, District of Columbia (represented Ohio public pension funds as Lead Plaintiffs in Section 10b-5 class action litigation resulting in a $153 million settlement).
In addition to these representative cases, Terry has represented individuals and businesses against various defendants, including representing high school athletes in cases against the Ohio High School Athletic Association where the student athletes were ruled ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics after transferring high schools.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL), Class XXI (2017)
  • Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce C-Change Class 9, Participant (2014)
  • Cincinnati Athletic Club, President of the Board (2015-2017)
  • Cincinnati Athletic Club, Vice President of the Board (2014-2015)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Member Services & Development Committee (2014-2017)
  • Clermont County Humane Society, Board Member (2014-2017)
  • Clermont County Humane Society, Legal Adviser (2017)
  • High School Mock Trial, Legal Adviser (2013-2016)
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