“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

Thomas Barber Named Chair-Elect of the State Bar Construction Law Section Board Of Directors

Tom BarberHOUSTON, July 28, 2014 –  Members of the State Bar Construction Law Section have elected Thomas R. Barber Chair-Elect for 2014-2015.

Thomas Barber has been a valuable Director in the Construction/Surety section of Coats Rose since 1992. His previous legal experience includes work as Associate Surety Counsel with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, and the Construction/Surety Section of Winstead, Sechrest & Minick. A registered professional engineer (licensed 1984, inactive currently) Barber has presented over eighty lectures and seminars to industry groups, Bar Associations and client groups.

The topics range from suretyship, lien laws, construction contract provisions to sales taxation, dispute resolution and insurance issues. Barber has received an “AV” Peer Review rating by Martindale-Hubbell, has been named a construction Super Lawyer every year since the inception of this distinction, and has been recognized by Chambers USA and Texas Best Lawyers. He was named 2014 Houston Lawyer of the Year, Construction Law by Best Lawyers.

Barber’s practice focuses on representing owners, sureties, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers emphasizing the investigation and administration of construction contract and subcontract defaults on behalf of owners, sureties and general contractors, complex construction case workouts, lien and bond claims, and contract document preparation.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become highly regarded because it is based on a peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.

Coats Rose is a business transaction and litigation law firm based in Houston, Texas. For more than 25 years, Coats Rose attorneys have worked with clients in construction/surety law, real estate law, commercial litigation of all types, municipal law, public finance, affordable housing, insurance law, labor and employment law, and governmental relations.  Coats Rose is comprised of over 90 attorneys, with offices in Houston, Clear Lake, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and New Orleans.