Albert Coke Roth III, better known as “Coke,” practices estate planning, business law, landlord/tenant law and real estate law in Benton, Franklin, Klickitat and Walla Walla counties as well as Umatilla County in Oregon.
“I enjoy taking a lot of time with my clients to get to know them well and to explain all the options they have for their estate planning or business needs,” Roth said.
“I know it’s cliché, but I love the practice of law because I can assist people and, in most cases, at least get them a good night’s sleep.”
Roth is also known around the Tri-Cities for his volunteer efforts. He provides legal advice for nonprofit organizations and performs house calls and pro bono work for those needing powers of attorney and wills. He has earned the Pro Bono Publico Award — given for providing more than 50 hours of public service — from the Washington State Bar Association six years in a row.
One of Roth’s primary hobbies is wine judging. He’s a panelist for Wine Press Northwest, writes a column, “Grapes of Roth,” and judges wine across North America, including as the chief judge at the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition in San Bernardino, Calif.
Roth chose to go into law in order to have options for the future, he said. After running the family beverage distributorship in the Tri-Cities for decades, he dusted off his undergraduate degree in German and enrolled in the University of Puget Sound School of Law. He opened his own practice in 1994.
“With a law degree, practicing law is one of many things one can do,” Roth said.