Howard Coates, Jr.

Judicial Assignment

15th Judicial Circuit, Palm Beach County, Florida
Division FY/IX

Transferred to Division | 01/2017
South Palm Beach County Courthouse
200 W. Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, Florida 33444

Prior Judicial Assignment/Experience

15th Judicial Circuit, Palm Beach County, Florida
Division FJ/IJ

Assigned to Division | 02/2015-01/2017
North Palm Beach County Courthouse
3188 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410

Appointed 12/2014
Commission Issued 02/19/2015
Elected 11/2016
Commission Expires 1/3/2023

Education

Yale Law School Juris Doctor May 1986
Florida Atlantic University Masters in Business Administration May 2001
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Bachelor of Arts December 1982
University of South Carolina Associate of Arts May 1980

Prior Work Experience

McDonald Hopkins, LLC July 2009 – February 2015 Member, Litigation
The Coates Law Firm June 2004 – July 2009 Sole Shareholder
Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, LLP May 2003 – June 2004 Partner
Cauley Geller Bowman & Coates, LLP December 2000 - May 2003 Partner
Proskauer Rose, LLP April 1991 - December 2001 Partner - Litigation Department
Edwards & Angell May 1990 - April 1991 Associate - Litigation Department
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey August 1987 - May 1990 Associate - Litigation Department
King & Spalding June 1986 - July 1987 Associate - Litigation Department
United States Marine Corps. June 1977 - June 1981 Sergeant - Second Marine Air Wing

Court Admissions

United States Circuit Courts of Appeals | Eleventh Circuit, Eighth Circuit, Federal Circuit

United States District Courts | Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Florida, Northern District of Georgia, District of Colorado

Florida State Courts, Admitted 1987

Georgia State Courts, Admitted 1986

Bar Admissions and Professional Memberships

  • The Florida Bar, Admitted October 1987
  • The Georgia Bar, Admitted June 1986
  • American Inns of Court, The Susan Greenberg Family Law American Inn of Court of the Palm Beaches, Master Member (2015-2016, 2016-2017 Years)
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • South Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association