A Texas native, Catherine Coats has dedicated her legal career to assisting
individuals with disabilities. Through hard work, determination, and an
intense dedication to making a difference in the lives of others, she
and her law partner have helped thousands obtain their disability and
Catherine married Darrell Coats, her high school sweetheart, and proceeded
to work multiple jobs to put him through college and graduate school.
Darrell was ordained a United Methodist Minister and went on to obtain
his Doctor of Ministry. When Darrell completed his education, Catherine
went to back to school and obtained a degree in biology from South Methodist
University. It was her intention to go to medical school. As the wife
of a minister, she saw the many problems facing the members of her husband's
congregation and felt she could make a bigger difference in people’s
lives by earning a law degree.
Catherine attended Southern Methodist University Law School where she participated
in the political asylum clinic. There she was able to work with and assist
individuals escaping political and religious persecution. This work fit
perfectly with her desire to make a difference in the lives of individuals.
Social Security Disability was a logical area of the law to effectuate
change. By assisting one person at a time, Catherine has helped to make
significant changes in the lives of the people she represents. For over
20 years, Catherine and her law partner Robert Todd have dedicated their
time to taking cases that other attorneys would not handle. Many times
they have taken cases where they had to go back 20 years to obtain evidence
that would prove an individual disabled. They leave no stone unturned
in finding the evidence needed to prove up a case.
Catherine has devoted her professional career to treating her clients with
the dignity, concern, and compassion and to working hard on every case
she handles giving each client her very best effort.
- Texas, 1992
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Dallas Association of Social Security Claimants Attorneys, Past President
- Not-For-Profit Health Care Organization – “On Eagles Wings”,
Carrollton, Texas, Past President
- Federal Bar Association, Member
- National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives, Sustaining Member
- World United Methodist Congress, Delegate, 2001