Bill Coates

Adjunct Faculty
Primary office:

Bill Coates, a graduate of the University of Kansas and KU Law, has maintained a civil trial practice in state and federal courts of Kansas and Missouri for almost forty years. Restricting his practice to civil litigation, he has tried to verdict more than 100 jury trials. He has lectured locally and nationally on all aspects of trial practice and teaches annually at the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel’s Trial Academy. He holds an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is Master Emeritus of the O’Connor Inns of Court. In 1986, he was elected to membership in the Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel, a national organization whose membership is limited by invitation only to 2,000 members in the U.S. & Canada. Bill currently serves on the national executive committee of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and is a former regional vice-president of that organization.

Courses Taught:
  • Trial Advocacy


Representative Publications

“Consumer Protection: The Law and Practice in Kansas’ Tenth Judicial District,” Journal of the Kansas Bar Association; “Trying the Automobile Negligence Case in Kansas,” National Business Institute.


J.D., Kansas, 1972; B.A., Kansas, 1969.


State of Kansas, federal court, District of Kansas, 1972, State of Missouri, federal court, Western District, District of Missouri, 1990

Career History

Assistant Attorney General of Kansas, 1972; Assistant District Attorney, Johnson County, Kansas, 1973-1976; Private practice of law, Coates & Logan, LLP, since 1976.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance