Terence R. Coates

Top rated class action & mass torts attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio

Markovits, Stock & DeMarco, LLC
Terence R. Coates
Markovits, Stock & DeMarco, LLC

Practice Areas: Class action & mass torts, Business litigation, Antitrust litigation; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 2009

Education: The Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2022

Markovits, Stock & DeMarco, LLC

119 E. Court Street
Suite 650
Cincinnati, OH 45202 Visit website


Attorney Terence R. Coates is a managing partner with the Markovits, Stock & DeMarco, LLC, law firm, which has office locations in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. Widely regarded as one of the area's leading young attorneys, Mr. Coates has more than 10 years of legal experience, and he strives to provide the highest level of counsel and support possible to his plaintiff clients throughout the state and across the country who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·        Complex commercial litigation

·        Class actions

·        Sports and entertainment law

A 2005 graduate of Wittenberg University, Mr. Coates obtained his Juris Doctor in 2009 from Western Michigan University's Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While there, he was a member of the school's Moot Court board and served with the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law. Along with practicing before all of Ohio's state courts, Mr. Coates is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Early in his career, Mr. Coates worked at a leading national law firm, where he served as the firm's administrator and gained invaluable experience handling plaintiff litigation matters. He then joined Markovits, Stock & DeMarco, LLC, in 2013 and has since proven himself an outstanding member to the firm's team, serving as lead or co-counsel on a number of high-stakes, high-profile trials and class actions against some of the country's largest corporations, energy companies and mortgage providers as well as the NCAA.

Recognized for his success, Mr. Coates received Wittenberg University's Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 2014 and the Young Lawyers Section Professionalism Award from the Cincinnati Bar Association in 2015. He has also earned many top ratings from his peers along with numerous positive reviews and testimonials from his satisfied clients.

Active in his legal community, Mr. Coates is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Potter Stewart American Inn of Court. He also supports his local community by volunteering with various civic and charitable organizations in his area.

Practice areas

Class action/mass torts: plaintiff, Business litigation, Antitrust litigation, Entertainment & sports, Personal injury - general: plaintiff

Focus areas

Class actions, Toxic torts, Trade secret, Non-compete agreements, Entertainment, sports & leisure law, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff

  • 40% Class action/mass torts: plaintiff
  • 30% Business litigation
  • 10% Antitrust litigation
  • 10% Entertainment & sports
  • 10% Personal injury - general: plaintiff

First Admitted: 2009, Ohio

Professional Webpage: https://www.msdlegal.com/bio-terence/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Terence Coates & W.B. Markovits, Non-Competition Agreements in Ohio: When the Word Ends…, All-Ohio Legal Forum, Cleveland, OH (Aug. 24, 2017) 
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Clermont County Humane Society, Board Member (2014-2017) 
  • St. Peter in Chains Parish Council (2015-2017)
  • High School Mock Trial, Legal Adviser (2013-2016) 
  • Clermont County Humane Society, Legal Adviser (2017-2019) 
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Member Services & Development Committee (2014-2019) 
  • Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL), Class XXI (2017) 
  • Cincinnati Athletic Club, Vice President of the Board (2014-2015) 
  • Cincinnati Athletic Club, President of the Board (2015-2017) 
  • Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce C-Change Class 9, Participant (2014) 
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • State of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Cincinnati Bar Association 
  • Ohio State Bar Association 
  • American Bar Association 
  • In re Toyota Motor Corp., Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices & Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2151
  • In re Fannie Mae Securities Litigation, No. 1:04-cv-1639
  • In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness Licensing Litigation, No. 4:09-cv-1967
  • Collins Inkjet v. Eastman Kodak, No. 1:13-cv-0664
  • Williams v. Duke Energy, No. 1:08-cv-0046
Educational Background:
  • Wittenberg University, B.A. (2005)
  • Wittenberg University, Terry’s alma mater, presented him the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, 2014
  • The Potter Stewart American Inn of Court 
  • JDRF Bourbon & Bow Tie Bash, Young Professional (Volunteer) of the Year for the Flying Pig Marathon (2016) 
  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star each year from 2014 through the present
  •  Cincinnati legal community awarded him the Cincinnati Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Professionalism Award, 2015

Office location for Terence R. Coates

119 E. Court Street
Suite 650
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Phone: 855-843-5442


1 Year Super Lawyers
9 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2022

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