David Coats is the managing partner at Bailey & Dixon, LLP. He has been recognized by and peer selected for The Best Lawyers in America; Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite; and Charlotte Magazine and Law & Politics magazine's North Carolina Super Lawyers. Since 1996, Martindale Hubbell has recognized Mr. Coats with its prestigious peer “AV” rating.
Mr. Coats focuses his practice on insurance law, commercial litigation, construction defect litigation, insurance bad faith and unfair claim practices, appellate practice, and environmental law, as well as personal injury actions. Experienced in federal and state court proceedings, Mr. Coats is the attorney of record in over 35 published opinions from the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court, Federal District Courts in North Carolina and South Carolina, and the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and he has tried a large number of cases to verdict both in state and federal court. Mr. Coats is also a certified mediator and has mediated and arbitrated a variety of cases.
Mr. Coats has lectured at over 25 continuing education
seminars for organizations such as the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. His sessions cover a variety of topics, including insurance bad faith, construction litigation, construction liens, insurance coverage litigation and trial techniques.