Lynne Coates joined Habbas & Associates in 2016, bringing with her experience in not only in the field of personal injury, but also in products liability, wrongful death, medical malpractice, asbestos-related cases and complex litigation.
Lynne grew up in Greenville, Pennsylvania. In high school, she witnessed a good amount of bullying. Lynne knew early on that she wanted to help fight for those who needed help standing up for themselves. She graduated from Temple University in 1987 with a B.B.A. in Business Law and Business Management, and immediately joined the work force in Pennsylvania. In 1988, after having had her fill of snow, Lynne headed to the west coast and was accepted to California Western School of Law in San Diego, California, where she earned her J.D. in 1992.
Prior to joining Habbas & Associates, Lynne spent several years handling personal injury claims for the insurance defense industry. She dealt with cases both small and large. In 2015, Lynne, herself, became a plaintiff in a lawsuit. Through this experience, Lynne gained a deeper understanding of how being a victim of someone else’s wrongdoing can affect one’s life. She also learned the importance of hiring someone to represent you, and of trusting them to handle your interests. So, yes, Lynne understands what it’s like to be in your shoes. Lynne wants her clients to feel confident that she will do her very best to represent them, and give them every opportunity to discuss their case, to provide their input, and to feel confident in having chosen Habbas & Associates to guide them through the process.
Lynne is licensed to practice law in The State of California, in both state and federal courts. Lynne has over a quarter of a century of legal experience and oversees all aspects of personal injury claims, including mediation, arbitration and trial. Lynne’s clients benefit from her knowledge, experience, curiosity, application of the law and grand sense of humor.
Lynne’s husband is also a trial attorney. While their work drives them both, they make the most of their personal time. They enjoy working outdoors at their rural property and spending time with family, and they take a deep-sea fishing trip to The Sea of Cortez annually. If Lynne had known what a good fisherwoman she was earlier in life, she may have chosen it as her career.