Jacob Coates is a member of the Firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution team and concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial, municipal, and trust and estates litigation.
We sat down with Jacob to get a little more information about his background and find out how he came to practice here at Jones Foster.
Q: What led you to your area of practice?
My interest in litigation developed primarily through my experiences interning for the appellate court. However, as a Summer Associate at Jones Foster, I worked with the Firm’s seasoned litigation team and was involved in several compelling litigation-related research assignments that further solidified my focus. Fortunately, through cross-practice collaboration, I am exposed to additional practice areas that are of interest and serve to compliment my own practice, including corporate and governmental.
Q: How do you describe your practice to non-attorneys?
When I describe my practice, I say that I am a member of a general civil litigation team that handles a variety of municipal, commercial, and trust and estates-related legal disputes throughout the Palm Beach County and greater South Florida areas. Our Firm represents everyone from local businesses, and local cities and towns, to private individuals in need of legal counsel.
Q: What do you consider some of your key differentiators?
I believe one of my key differentiators is that my experience and success as an English major in undergrad, a legal writing teaching assistant in law school, and an editor on the Florida Law Review. Having my work critiqued and edited, in addition to the opportunity to review and improve the work of others, enabled me to develop a talent for persuasive and clear legal writing early in my career. I learned how to operate in a dynamic team setting in order to generate the highest quality work product.
I further differentiate myself by bringing a positive attitude to problems or issues that I am facing, along with the commitment to persevere, no matter how difficult it may be.
Q: What is your client service philosophy?
My client service philosophy is to treat every client’s legal issue as if it is my own. I understand that the legal industry can be confusing and difficult to navigate for non-lawyers. Clients have important interests at stake and my job is to protect those interests by finding solutions and answers that will lead to a positive outcome for each client.