Joseph C. Coates  III - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Joseph C. Coates III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011

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.

The CitadelBS 1985Florida State University College of LawJ.D. 1988
Palm Beach County Bar AssociationFlorida Office of Financial Regulation, Commissioner’s Advisory Council

Case History

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

Other Court Admissions
  • 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
Significant Representations
  • Obtained 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.

Office Location

777 South Flagler Drive, Suite 300 East
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Litigation - Securities