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Jennifer R.  Coates

Jennifer R. Coates


Jennifer Coates is a trial lawyer practicing product liability, toxic tort and commercial litigation for corporate clients across a wide range of industries nationwide. She has extensive trial and appellate experience, including as first and second chair, enabling her to defend clients from initial filing through the final appeal.

In her cases, Jennifer manages the day-to-day needs including overall defense strategy and case management; serving as trial counsel and handling oral arguments; identifying and preparing experts; taking and defending depositions; as well as drafting dispositive, non-dispositive motions and discovery responses. As her cases often center on personal injury and wrongful death claims,  Jennifer has extensive experience with engineering, economic, medical and human factors experts, cutting quickly and effortlessly to the technical defense in her cases.

Additionally, Jennifer has experience representing corporate clients in complex business litigation. Her background includes various areas of the law including real estate, intellectual property, finance and government investigations. 

Prior to joining the firm, Jennifer served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General. In that role, she represented state and county agencies in civil and administrative matters, as well as oversaw all aspects of government investigations, including developing investigation plans, supervising evidence collection and providing strategic direction to investigators, internal auditors and compliance officers. 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.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2008
  • Brown University, M.A., 2003
  • Amherst College, B.A., 2000

    cum laude

Professional Associations

    • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice
    • Minnesota Black Women Lawyer's Network
    • Minnesota State Bar Association


    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Minnesota Rising Stars, 2018
    • Minnesota Black Women Lawyer's Network
      —Trailblazer Award, 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • “New World Order: Navigating The Arbitration Landscape,” Moderator, ABA TIPS: Aviation & Space Litigation Conference, October 2018
  • "Applying the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," Presenter, NBI Webinar, June 2018
  • “The Lightning Round--Developing Auto Product Liability Litigation Risks,” Co-Presenter, Client Hot Topics Seminar, May 2018