John Scott Coalter
John Scott Coalter

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Practice Areas:

  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI
  • White Collar Crime

Biography

J. Scott Coalter is Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law in North Carolina who began defending clients in criminal cases in 1997. He has experience as both a prosecutor and public defender, having served as an Assistant Public Defender for Guilford County, NC from 1997-2001, and an Assistant District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District of NC from 2001-2003. He is qualified for appointment to North Carolina Death Penalty cases and Federal criminal cases. He has appeared before Federal District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Court of Appeals and numerous State District and Superior Courts. Scott has been awarded the prestigious Super Lawyer designation for Criminal Defense by Super Lawyers Magazine.

A native of Austin, Texas, Scott later served as an Infantryman in the First Infantry Division Forward in West Germany and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated Cum Laude from the Campbell University School of Law in 1996. At Campbell, Scott was published ("Vicarious Liability of a Physician for the Negligence of Other Medical Professionals- North Carolina Charts a Middle Course- The Effect of Harris v. Miller," Campbell Law Review, Vol. 17, No. 2 (1995)) and served as Research Editor on the Campbell Law Review from 1995-96. He is a past President of the Greensboro Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Guilford Inns of Court and the High Point Bar Association.

Education

  • Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1996
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Published "Vicarious Liability of a Physician for the Negligence of Other Medical Professionals- North Carolina Charts a Middle Course- The Effect of Harris v. Miller," Campbell Law Review, Vol. 17, No. 2 (1995)
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Government
    • Major: Philosophy

Bar Admission

  • North Carolina, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 2013

Published Works

  • Vicarious Liability of a Physician for the Negligence of Other Medical Professionals, Campbell Law Review, Vol. 17, No.2, 1995

Honors

  • "Super Lawyer" Scott Coalter

Classes & Seminars

  • Criminal Conversation: The Ultimate CLE, North Carolina Bar Association , 2011
  • Criminal Masters in Advocacy, Advocates for Justice, 2011

Past Positions

  • McKinney Perry & Coalter, PA, Partner, 2012 to 2014
  • McKinney Justice Perry & Coalter, PA, Partner , 2010 to 2012
  • Guilford County, NC, Assistant Public Defender, 1997 to 2001
  • Guilford County, NC, Assistant District Attorney, 2001 to 2003
  • Henson & Henson, Associate, 1996 to 1997
  • Morgan Herring Morgan Green Rosenblutt & Gill, LLP, Associate, 2003 to 2005
  • McKinney & Justice, PA, Associate, 2005 to 2010

Languages

  • Spanish

Professional Associations

  • Greensboro Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Past President
  • American Inns of Court, Master, 2005 to Present

Certified Legal Specialties

  • State and Federal Criminal Law, North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization, 2005

Current Employment Position

  • Member