Terence R. Coates
  • Managing Partner


  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Class Action & Litigation
  • Sports & Entertainment Law

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.


“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.”


“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.”

  • Williams v. Duke Energy
  • Ohio Public Employees Retirement System v. Federal Home Loan Mortgage (“Freddie Mac”)
  • In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness Licensing Litigation
  • Bowling v. Pfizer, Inc.
  • Collins Inkjet v. Eastman Kodak
  • In re Toyota Motor Corp., Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices & Products Liability Litigation
  • In re Fannie Mae Securities Litigation
  • Day v. NLO, Inc.
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • American Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • The Potter Stewart American Inn of Court
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. - 2009
  • Wittenberg University
    • B.A. - 2005
  • 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)
  • Cincinnati Business Courier, Forty Under 40, Class 2019
  • Best Lawyers® in America, Commercial Litigation (2019)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star each year from 2014 through the present
  • 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, Vice President of the Board (2014-2015)
  • Cincinnati Athletic Club, President of the Board (2015-2017)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Board of Trustees, Trustee (2019-present)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Member Services & Development Committee (2014-2019)
  • Clermont County Humane Society, Board Member (2014-2017)
  • Clermont County Humane Society, Legal Adviser (2017- present)
  • High School Mock Trial, Legal Adviser (2013-2016)
  • St. Peter in Chains Parish Council (2015-2017)
  • Terence Coates & W.B. Markovits, Non-Competition Agreements in Ohio: When the World Ends…, All-Ohio Legal Forum, Cleveland, OH (Aug. 24, 2017)
Recognized by Best Lawyers 2020
Rated By Super Lawyers 2020