Bill Coats Law

Bill Coats Law

Bill Coats Law focuses on helping accident victims through the legal process. We take on all serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, including cases against drunk and distracted drivers.

Firm Overview

Our core values are empathy and grit.


* We do our best to listen to, care for and understand our clients.

* Our goal is to always provide outstanding service.

* We take on fewer cases so that we can provided high quality service.


* We aim to be persistent and determined.

* We do all in our power to achieve excellent results for our clients.

Bill Coats has over 20 years of litigation experience.
Main Office
Main Office
114 W Magnolia St., Suite 501
Bellingham   WA  98225
  • (360) 392-2833


Free Initial Consultation?
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
We will work on a contingent fee so that you only pay when we win your case and recover money as compensation.

Office Information

Office Hours
8:00 - 5:00
Office Manager
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Auto Accident
Bill Coats has extensive experience with truck, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian, bus and car accidents.
The auto insurance industry has made it nearly impossible for a normal citizen to file an insurance claim after an accident. At Bill Coats Law, we are able to get the insurance company to take our clients and their claims seriously. We are not afraid to do all that is necessary to recover full and fair compensation for our clients. We have a proven record of success in taking on the insurance industry and recovering money for our clients.

We take special pride in representing victims of drunk and distracted drivers.
Wrongful Death
Wrongful death cases are emotionally difficult for everyone, including the lawyer for the deceased's family. Bill Coats works to help the family through the legal process when a person dies because of the carelessness of others.
At Bill Coats Law we understand that no amount of money will every make up for the loss of a loved one. Part of our job in a wrongful death case is to help the family through the legal process. Bill Coats works hard to hold people who are reckless accountable for the damage and harm they cause.

In a wrongful death case, the surviving family may be entitled to compensation: 1) to make up for the income the deceased person would have earned, 2) for the pain and suffering the deceased experienced before death, 3) for any medical bills that were incurred before the death, and 4) for loss of a special relationship such as when a spouse, child or parent dies.

Bill believes that cases in which drunk or distracted drivers kill someone are especially troubling and difficult for the surviving family. He takes the time to help the family understand the criminal prosecution of the drunk driver.
Personal Injury
We have a proven track record of helping people who have been injured in all kinds of accidents. The one thing they have in common is that our clients were all hurt because of the carelessness or recklessness of someone else.
At Bill Coats Law we have successfully taken on the following types of personal injury cases:

Elder abuse

Defective Products

Dog Attacks

On the job injuries

Auto accidents

Nursing home negligence

Drunk driving collisions

Brain injury

Harmful drugs

Construction site injuries

Hazardous conditions

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I've always preferred to work for people who need help with a legal problem as opposed a large corporation or insurance company. I like that I can level the playing field for my clients against the insurance company. I like that I am able to guarantee my clients that they will not have to pay a fee for my legal services unless we win the case.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

There are many fine lawyers in NW Washington. But if you have been in a serious accident or have had a death in the family, you want someone who focuses on personal injury and wrongful death cases and has a proven track record of success.

Bill Coats has a perfect 10.0 rating from the attorney ranking agency AVVO.

He was invited to join the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

He was recognized by SuperLawyers.

He has been lead attorney in over 50 jury trials and has recovered millions of dollars for his clients.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Here is what past clients have to say:

"I will be forever thankful for Bill and his team, they helped me in a time when I felt hopeless and made me feel like I wasn't alone. They're hard work and dedication paid off and thanks to their help, my life is back on track. Thank you so much."
Amariah B.

"I was hit by a car in a parking lot and was knocked to the ground. I had a serious injury to my shoulder. This was a very difficult time for me in many ways and I am happy to say that Bill made it as easy as possible in dealing with the bills and insurance company. Bill and his staff were there whenever I had questions with quick and correct answers. I am a RN and was very impressed with their knowledge of the health care system. I highly recommend Bill Coats and his staff! There was never a time when I did not feel that they had my interest on the top of their list. I had a hard time dealing with the all the pain and appointments and changes in my everyday life but never did I worry about the bills or dealing with the insurance company- I always felt they cared and worked to get the best for me. My case was settled and I am very happy."
Diana N.

Bill Coats

Bill is grateful that he can practice law and help people who have legal problems.

Bill grew up in Washington State and moved to Bellingham in 1995. He is married to a school teacher and they have two children.

After leaving the State Attorney General's office in 1999, Bill went into private practice.
  • Bar Number: 24537
    Washington , 1994
  • Tulane Law School
    JD , 1994
    Graduated with Honors
    Served as editor of the Maritime Law Journal
  • University of Washington
    BA , 1991
    Worked two winters as a commercial fisherman to help pay for school.

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