Wendy McGuire Coats Named 2013 Rising Star in Appellate Law by Super Lawyers – Northern California

July 25, 2013

photoMcGuire Coats LLP & the Ninth are pleased to announce that Wendy McGuire Coats has been listed again as a 2013 Rising Star in Appellate Law by Super Lawyers -Northern California.

Wendy McGuire Coats dedicates her practice solely to appellate litigation. She represents a wide range of clients and has appeared as attorney of record in over 20 appellate cases since opening McGuire Coats LLP.

Among Ms. Coats’ favorable outcomes is the recent Court of Appeals Second Appellate District published decision Spriesterbach v. Holland (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 255, which held that the giving of a negligence per se instruction based on California Vehicle Code sections 21650 and 21650.1 to require bicyclists to travel with the flow of adjacent traffic when riding on the sidewalk was error. This decision fundamentally changed future litigation involving collisions where a cyclist riding on the sidewalk is hit by a vehicle and negated a 1993 California Attorney General Opinion that had been incorrectly relied upon for decades. Before the Court of Appeals First Appellate District, in In re F.F. 2013 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2324 (Cal. App. 1st Dist. Mar. 28, 2013), Ms. Coats obtained a reversal of the dispositional order with the court holding that the interrogation of a 12-year old boy by police in his middle school principal’s office violated Miranda. Also before the First District in Simmons v. Feng, Case No. A135024, Ms. Coats successfully represented respondent with the appeal dismissed and the trial court’s order enforcing the settlement agreement in tact.

Ms. Coats is a member of publications committee for the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers (CAL), which is the only national bench-bar organization devoted to issues of appellate courts and practice. She regularly contributes to CAL’s tri-annual publication, Appellate Issues. Her next article, A “How To” When Preparing for Multiple Oral Arguments, is forthcoming in August 2013.

Locally, Ms. Coats is a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s Appellate section and treasurer of the Women’s Section.

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