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 medical benefits.
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 un-turned 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
- World United Methodist Congress, Delegate, 2001