Ms. Coleman, a defense litigator with more than 18 years of experience representing local, state and national clients in complex civil litigation disputes before state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Her areas of emphasis include defense of consumer rights actions, including litigation involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, as well as professional liability defense, class actions, commercial litigation, creditors rights, employment law, and litigation involving technology and electronic data. Ms. Coleman has also developed an expertise in opposing attorney fee motions in both state and federal court.
In practice since 1997, Ms. Coleman is an experienced trial lawyer with a proven track record representing clients in bench and jury trials, as well as arbitrations. Over the course of her career, Ms. Coleman has developed a niche practice defending credit and collection professionals accused of violating state and federal consumer protection laws, including:
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
The California Rosenthal FDCPA
The California Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act
Unfair Business Practices
Ms. Coleman has an in-depth understanding of what conduct is permissible, and what is not, when collecting consumer debts. She also understands how best to defend claims and minimize liability on behalf of collection agencies, collection attorneys, debt buyers, and creditors, whether the claim be an individual claim or a class action claim. Ms. Coleman has also represented collection attorneys in front of the California State Bar, from the investigation stage to disciplinary actions.
Additionally, Ms. Coleman has significant experience defending clients in professional liability disputes, including legal malpractice claims, and in commercial litigation, creditors rights actions, and employment law.
For 9 years (2008-2012, 2014-2017), Ms. Coleman has been voted by her peers as one of the top 5% of lawyers practicing in Northern California, earning her a spot on the Northern California Super Lawyers list; and has been voted by her peers to the "Best of the Bar" list by the Sacramento Business Journal from 2013-2017. Sacramento Magazine has also named Ms. Coleman to their Top of the Bar list based on a peer review from 2015-2017. Ms. Coleman is a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rated attorney.