Mr. Coale has been with Hughes Tenney Postlewait Coale, L.L.C., since 2013, focusing his practice on the defense of physicians. Prior to joining the firm, Bret practiced law for a firm in Decatur, Illinois, representing lenders in mortgage foreclosures and mediations. Mr. Coale earned his Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Illinois in 2002 and earned his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in 2008. He has served as president of the Decatur Bar Association, and he currently sits on the board of directors of the Good Samaritan Inn, an organization providing a free hot meal to its patrons seven days per week.
Mr. Coale focuses his practice on the defense of medical malpractice actions and all aspects of medical care, trying many cases to jury verdict. In addition, he represents clients in commercial litigation and general litigation matters. He is licensed in the state of Illinois and has also been admitted to practice law in the Northern District of Illinois.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Coale worked in the title insurance industry and has experience conducting closings, managing escrow accounts, conducting title searches and drafting title policies.
Business and Commercial Litigation
Medical Malpractice Defense
Real Estate Transactions
Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Avvo Rated 10.0/10.0 - Superb
Illinois Lawyer Assistance Program - Downstate Representative
Certified Foreclosure Mediator – Resolution Systems Institute
Decatur Bar Association
Illinois Bar Association
Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys
Defense Research Institute
The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Tool Kit – Ethical Considerations
National Business Institute
Illinois Causes of Action: Tort Actions
Negligence: Professional Accountant Malpractice
Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
Navigating the Residential Foreclosure Maze
ISBA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section Counsel
Mortgagee’s Perspective of Foreclosure Mediations
Mortgage Modifications from the Lender’s Perspective
B.A., Liberal Arts and Sciences - University of Illinois, 2002
B.A., Humanities - University of Illinois, 2002
J.D., Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, 2008
Decatur Bar Association President, 2017-2018
Decatur Bar Association Board of Directors, 2015-2018
Good Samaritan Inn Board of Directors, since 2021
Psi Upsilon Fraternity Alumni, serving on its alumni association board of directors and as alumni association vice president.
(217) 428 - 5383
101 South Main Street, Suite 300 - Decatur, Illinois 62523
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