Law school: Loyola University
Attorneys sometimes see clients at the most difficult moments of their lives and Charles Coffey is no exception. The only difference is that Coffey’s clients are also attorneys.
That’s because Coffey works for The Bar Plan handling claims where individuals may allege thousands or even millions of dollars in damages against an attorney. It’s Coffey’s challenge to get the matter resolved in an efficient and fair manner respectful toward his client’s unique needs.
After more than six years of private practice in Florida, Coffey came to The Bar Plan in 2012 and was promoted to senior claims counsel last year. His ability to assist his clients as well as to try and turn a negative situation into a learning opportunity that can prevent future claims, have helped him to develop a stellar reputation in the legal community where he now holds a number of positions including a spot on the executive committee of The Missouri Bar’s Young Lawyers’ Section. He has also chaired or co-chaired committees for the Young Lawyers’ Division of the American Bar Association and The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.
What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?
I have had many favorite moments – from winning a hard-fought trial or motion while in private practice, to achieving a fair settlement for an insured that allowed them to focus on their practice and not accusations being made against them. I’ve also been able to help some of those closest to me with various legal issues, and I am proud that I was able to do so.
What inspired you to get involved in the legal profession?
As knowledge truly is power, I wanted to get legal training to have the ability to fight for myself and others’ rights.
What advice do you have for young lawyers?
Even when times are tough, keep going and keep trying to achieve your goals. Also, remember that everyone has to start somewhere; make the most of the opportunities you do have, and keep looking ahead!