Terry Coates is Markovits, Stock & DeMarco’s managing partner. His legal practice focuses on personal injury law, sports & entertainment law, business litigation and class action litigation. Before joining Markovits, Stock & DeMarco in May 2013, Terry gained considerable experience at one of the nation’s preeminent plaintiffs’ litigation law firms, including working as the firm administrator.
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 presented him the Cincinnati Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section Professionalism Award. Terry has been designated as an Ohio Super Lawyers “Rising Star” from 2014-2017, which is a distinction awarded to less than 2.5% of Ohio attorneys under the age of 40.
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. (2009)
Wittenberg University, B.A. (2005)
- 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).
- Stringer v. National Football League, et al., United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio (represented family of deceased football player in wrongful death action).
- Slaby v. Wilson, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, Ohio (represented two private individuals who were falsely accused by a County Commissioner of murdering their child and covering up the child’s death (as well as sexual abuse of child)).
- Right-Now Recycling, Inc. v. Ford Motor Credit Company, LLC et al., No. 1:11-cv-0364, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio (received summary judgment in the plaintiff’s favor with the court finding that the City of Blue Ash, Ohio violated plaintiff’s constitutional rights by failing to provide plaintiff with notice before disposing of plaintiff’s property).
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. Terry also assists current and former atomic energy workers and their survivors seek compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (“EEOICPA”). He has assisted with EEOICPA claims relating to countless energy sites, including Feed Material Production Center (Fernald), General Electric Co., Hanford, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Nevada Test Site, Nuclear Metals, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (X-10), Pantex, Rocky Flats, Savannah River Site, and many other nuclear sites.
Recent 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)
- Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2014-2017)
- 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
- State of Ohio (2009)
- United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio (2010)
- United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio (2010)