Industries & Practices


“I wholeheartedly recommend the law firm of Coats Rose. As the Chief Legal Officer of the University Health System, I have had extensive experience working with Richard Reed, Adam Richie and other attorneys in both their San Antonio and other offices. Perhaps the greatest demonstration of the success of Coats Rose's work on the CIP relates to a construction failure. A portion of a 10 story garage under construction at the Medical Center site collapsed. Thankfully there were no fatalities or serious injuries; however, that portion of the work was a multi-million dollar loss. Coats Rose was immediately available to assist us as we employed a forensic engineer and undertook an extensive investigation into the collapse. Due to the structure of the insurance program, and the strength of the protections built into our contracts, no litigation ensued over the collapse."
-Michael Hernandez,
Chief Legal Officer
University Health System
- San Antonio

"The attorneys at Coats Rose possess a unique understanding of complex construction law combined with rare deep understanding of how commercial construction goes together in the real world. Those skills taken in combination have deftly served Dyad to avoid many common pitfalls of our competitors."
- Rick Trask Owner Dyad Construction, L.P

"Coats Rose attorneys have always handled our account as if we were their only client; and their wisdom, candor and availability makes the Coats Rose team our first choice when legal matters arise."
- Gregory Smith, PE Executive Vice President, Partner Jamail & Smith Construction

"Coats Rose and I have worked together on many matters, and they have always been very thorough, efficient and readily available to provide legal services… I appreciate the expertise Coats Rose provides in construction and business related matters, and their ability to provide and convey that knowledge quickly and efficiently."
- Donald R. Boehm

"Thank you (Timothy Green, Director, Public Finance Law) for all your hard work to help us bring together two municipalities that were long overdue in becoming one. We are blessed as a commUNITY to embark on a "new journey" as one political subdivision serving its citizens and business owners." -Carrie F. Gordon, Ph.D.
Mayor of Balch Springs, TX

Public Finance Law

The engines of growth are always turning, building our society, our cities and our economies. The public sector enables and supports that growth, and that’s why Coats Rose has made the public sector a specialty of our practice.

We take great pride in the depth and diversity of our practice in public finance.

The highly experienced attorneys of Coats Rose bring forward momentum to cities and other public entities seeking to expand or improve development or service. We do this by providing counsel across the full range of critical issues, anticipating obstacles, and finding resolution.

Unequaled Public Finance Experience
In conjunction with the Firm’s real estate practice, our attorneys create and represent special districts used for the financing, construction and operation of public infrastructure to serve land development projects throughout the State. In fact, the Firm currently represents more than 120 special-purpose districts throughout Texas.

Coats Rose acts as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter’s counsel for public sector clients on a regular basis.

We are very proud to say that our attorneys have provided the requisite legal opinions for the sale of over $3,000,000,000 in tax-exempt bonds, issued to finance public infrastructure on behalf of our special district clients, school districts and cities.

Areas of Practice:

  • Representation of special-purpose districts, such as municipal utility districts, water control and improvement districts, fresh water supply districts, levee improvement districts, road utility districts, public improvement districts, water supply corporations and tax-increment reinvestment zones
  • Representation of clients before administrative agencies such as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and the Texas Water Development Board