Jennifer Coates is a product liability lawyer, representing automotive and medical device manufacturers in complex, high-profile litigation. Jennifer has also defended corporations and government entities in commercial litigation, and has significant trial and appellate experience.
Jennifer’s automotive practice includes defending seat back, air bag, rollover, roof crush and asbestos matters for one of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers. Jennifer executes the overall defense strategy and with that, is skilled in complex, trial-driven case management. She has extensive experience with engineering, economic, medical and human factors experts, cutting quickly and effortlessly to the technical defense in her cases. Jennifer is accomplished in managing the science of accident reconstruction, reviewing technical and design documents, and drafting dispositive, non-dispositive motions and discovery responses.
Jennifer’s experience and capabilities extend to her medical device practice, where she has defended manufacturers of vascular access devices and pumps, stents, convective warming blankets and pain pumps in litigation involving personal injury claims up to and including catastrophic injury and wrongful death. Her work includes development of the defense strategy, preparing for and taking depositions, drafting motions and alternative dispute resolution. Jennifer also has experience in health care regulation and compliance, including Sunshine laws, government investigations and administrative litigation.
Prior to joining the firm, Jennifer served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, representing state and county agencies in civil and administrative matters, and providing oversight to all aspects of government investigations. Jennifer also represented state regulatory agencies in state and federal courts and regularly advised her clients on data privacy, risk management and compliance and regulatory matters.