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A Brief Word Regarding Mr. Coe's Philosophy Of Trial practice And The Role of Lawyers In Divorce Cases:
If you are looking for the meanest, toughest divorce lawyer in town -- you've come to the wrong place.
Being a trial lawyer does not mean being a "hired gun," and it does not mean taking every case to trial. A good trial lawyer is there to guide you through the sometimes stressful litigation process; to conduct discovery and factual investigation in a thorough, but fair, manner; to negotiate on your behalf and champion your cause in settlement negotiations; to advise you on the strengths and weaknesses of your case; to assist you in evaluation of potential outcomes in the event your case cannot be settled; and if the case cannot be settled, to properly prepare you for trial and to present your case fairly and faithfully in court, marshalling the evidence and the arguments in order to achieve a just result.
Philip S. Coe is dedicated to achieving the best possible results for his clients. But the best result in the long run is not necessarily to demolish or crush the adversary in court. Mr. Coe tries to encourage his domestic relations clients to resolve their cases through compromise, conciliation and collaboration. Where children are involved, the primary consideration is to minimize the hurt and the psychological scars that inevitably result from court battles between divorcing parents. Where the issues cannot be resolved through mediation or negotiation and a trial is necessary, Mr. Coe nonetheless attempts to conduct the litigation in a gentlemanly and humane manner, treating the opposing side, to the extent possible, with dignity and respect.
If you are out to punish your spouse or partner; if you have a compelling need to inflict maximum pain on them for all that they have done; if you want someone who will go to any lengths to humiliate and crush them -- then you need to hire a different lawyer.
Some Background Regarding Mr. Coe's Trial Experience:
Mr. Coe was admitted to practice here in Georgia in 1975. He began his career with the litigation department of the firm of Hansell, Post, Brandon & Dorsey, one of the largest law firms in Atlanta at the time, with over 110 lawyers. Mr. Coe learned his craft at the feet of some of the best trial lawyers in the area: Hugh M. Dorsey, Jr., Charles E. Watkins, Hugh Wright, Jule Felton, and others. Mr. Coe left the Hansell, Post firm in 1981 to head up the litigation group for the firm of Lamon, Elrod & Harkleroad, and then, several years later, joined Paul Webb, Jr. and Harold T. Daniel, Jr., in what became Webb & Daniel, a highly-respected Atlanta firm known for its expertise in the handling of complex business litigation, including antitrust and securities fraud. In order to assist in his handling of this type of complex business litigation, Mr. Coe attended evening classes at the Georgia State University for more than five years, while practicing law full time during the day, and was ultimately awarded the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree in 1986. During the latter portion of his ten-year tenure at Webb & Daniel, Mr. Coe was the Managing Partner, in charge of supervising all accounting, financial and personnel matters for the firm. Webb & Daniel was later merged into the Atlanta office of Holland & Knight, a large, multi-state firm with offices located throughout the United States and abroad.
Mr. Coe went "solo" and moved his law practice to Fayetteville in early 1994, shifting his focus to include more emphasis on representing "real people" in crisis situations -- divorce, personal injury, death and other family tragedies, issues involving children -- as opposed to large corporations arguing over business deals and money. In 1997, while still engaged in the full time practice of law, Mr. Coe began a course of study in the Master's program at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, one of thirteen approved Methodist seminaries in the United States, ultimately graduating with a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree in 2001. This seminary experience has profoundly affected Mr. Coe's perceptions regarding the role of lawyers in litigation and, particularly, in the conduct of domestic relations cases such as divorce. Although Mr. Coe represents clients of all faiths and backgrounds, he approaches his divorce practice with an unabashedly Christian view of the world. Do not be surprised if the first thing he asks you, upon an initial office visit seeking a divorce, is what he can do to help you save the marriage, as opposed to filing your petition for divorce. Do not be surprised if he challenges your assumptions about who is at fault for the breakup of the marriage, and explores with you the Christian notions of "turning the other cheek," of redemption, of foregiving others not just seven times, but "seventy times seven" times. Do not be surprised if Mr. Coe asks you, rather pointedly, whether it will really make a bit of difference ten years from now whether you got that piece of furniture you are so intent on getting; or that car; or that bank account. Do not be surprised if Mr. Coe forces you to focus on how your children will view you ten years from now, or your grandchildren 30 years from now, and then challenges you to conduct yourself in the handling of the divorce proceedings accordingly.
If you do not want a trial lawyer who will challenge you with these types of hard questions -- then hire someone else.