Joseph C. Coates III: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Joseph C. Coates III

West Palm Beach,  FL  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 561.650.7903
Fax: 561.655.6222
University The Citadel, South Carolina, B.S., cum laude, 1985; Order of the Coif
Law SchoolFlorida State University College of Law, J.D., with highest honors, 1988; Member, Law Review
Admitted1988, Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Professional & Community Involvement
•Appointed, Florida Office of Financial Regulation, Commissioner's Advisory Council
•Member, Palm Beach County Bar Association

MilitaryCaptain, U.S. Army. Served in the Army JAG Corps with 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) in Saudi Arabia and Iraq during the Persian Gulf War
BornPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, July 2, 1963

Joseph C. Coates III focuses his practice on securities litigation, regulatory and class actions and serves as the head of the West Palm Beach Securities Litigation Group. Joe has represented most of the major broker/dealers in all aspects of their business, including federal and state courts, regulatory matters, and arbitrations. His representation of clients include appearances as appellate counsel in securities litigation cases in federal and state courts. Joe also focuses on shareholder derivative, corporate governance and merger and acquisition litigation.

Areas of Concentration

•Securities fraud defense
•Class actions
•Securities arbitration
•Complex commercial litigation
•Shareholder derivative/ corporate governance

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Securities, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), 2011-2015
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Litigation - Securities - Shareholder Litigation, 2014
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2013-2014
•Finalist, Daily Business Review, Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate Finance Category, 2013
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2007-2012
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Press Releases

08.20.14 18 Greenberg Traurig Boca Raton and West Palm Beach Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers In America 2015

08.19.14 129 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015

07.15.14 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2014 Legal 500 United States Guide

07.03.14 Nine Greenberg Traurig Attorneys in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach Named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers

07.02.14 96 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers

11.22.13 Greenberg Traurig Recognized at Annual Americas M&A Atlas Awards

08.15.13 12 Attorneys in West Palm Beach and 7 Attorneys in Boca Raton from Greenberg Traurig Named Among 'Best Lawyers in America' 2014

06.20.13 Nine Greenberg Traurig Attorneys in Palm Beach County Named 2013 Florida Super Lawyers

05.20.13 25 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized by Daily Business Review During its 2013 Top Dealmakers of the Year Awards Ceremony

06.11.12 54 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys and 13 Top-Ranked Practice Areas in Florida Appear in 2012 Chambers USA Guide (Also at Boca Raton Office)

Reported CasesObtained dismissal of securities fraud class actions for Fortune 500 Companies.; Defended broker-dealer firms in hundreds of arbitration proceedings.; Defeated class certification of putative nationwide class actions brought against national broker-dealers in the Middle District of Florida and Florida state courts.; Defended broker-dealers in federal and state court litigation.; Represented public companies and corporate directors in merger litigation and derivative actions.; Prosecuted a claim on behalf of a power company's cable television subsidiary in a breach of partnership and right of first refusal case.; Defeated a qui tam action in the Middle District of Florida against a national health care corporation.

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Office Information

Joseph C. Coates III

777 South Flagler Drive, Suite 300 East
West Palm BeachFL 33401


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