Tim Coffield is a practicing attorney in Charlottesville, Virginia. He owns and operates Coffield PLC, which provides aggressive and personalized legal representation to individuals and businesses in central and western Virginia.
Tim founded Coffield PLC back in 2012 and has since developed it into a much-needed source of creative and cutting-edge legal strategies spanning civil litigation, employment and civil rights law, contract disputes, business and estate planning. He is dedicated to providing legal information and services that are tailored to individual clients and their unique situations.
In his time as an attorney, Tim Coffield is most proud of his collaboration with attorneys Dennis Egan and Bert Braud of Popham Law Firm. Together, they served as Class Counsel in an employment equity lawsuit against Panera Bread Company and Panera, LLC. Learn more about the case on the suit’s official website!
“Our practice is defined by our clients, built from the ground up, providing legal information and services that are tailored to you and your situation.”
Since its inception, Coffield PLC has increasingly focused on representing employees, and the majority of its practice is now devoted to representing employees. Tim Coffield served as co-class counsel in a nationwide employment class action, representing a class of plaintiff employees in a contract dispute, Boswell v. Panera Bread Co., 2016 WL 1161573 (E.D. Mo. Mar. 24, 2016). That case obtained a multi-million dollar judgment on behalf of the class members. In other recent cases, Tim Coffield argued successfully before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, obtaining a partial reversal in a civil rights case, Goines v. Valley Cmty. Servs. Bd., 822 F.3d 159 (4th Cir. 2016), obtained a jury verdict in the Eastern District of Virginia in a case under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Smith v. Loudoun County Public Schools, Case No. 1:15-CV-956, Dkt. No. 128 (E.D. Va. November 15, 2016) and argued successfully before the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals, obtaining a positive result in the aforementioned employee class action. Tim Coffield represents and advises clients on a variety of employment-related legal issues, including Title VII race, sex, and national origin discrimination cases, retaliation claims, legal disputes relating to rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act, cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other statutes that protect persons with disabilities, disputes over employment contracts and restrictive covenants, and other employment law matters.
Attorney Tim Coffield is affiliated with numerous professional organizations, including the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Virginia Employment Lawyers Association, and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association.
Before he became an attorney and created Coffield PLC, Tim attended the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2010 he worked for Trout Unlimited, a national water conservation organization as Law Clerk for the California Water Project. In the year following law school, he was a Law Fellow in the Eastern Conservation Program at Trout Unlimited. Tim Coffield assisted with legal and regulatory matters concerning the impact of natural gas development on aquatic habitats and worked on the advocacy side of the issue as well.
During law school, Tim Coffield participated in the First Amendment Law Clinic at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Free Speech, interned in the United States District Court for The Eastern District of Virginia, and volunteered with the Legal Aid Society in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Prior to law school, Tim Coffield worked as a paralegal for a law firm, taught undergraduate writing courses at the University of Montana, and worked as a wilderness guide for an adventure psychotherapy program. He got his B.A. degrees from North Carolina State University in Philosophy and English, also studying linguistics and sometimes playing left field for the NCSU baseball team.