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Jeffrey W. Coleman

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Attorney Jeffrey W. Coleman, PE, FACI, focuses his practice on construction law, professional liability defense, concrete construction and general business law, including insurance and coverage.

Mr. Coleman has been a licensed structural engineer since 1977 and a practicing attorney since 1984. Coleman provides clients with a single resource for both legal and risk management issues. He has represented design professionals in all matters of their business, including defense of multimillion-dollar design defect and negligent construction administration claims.

Nationally known for his knowledge and experience in the area of concrete construction, Coleman is the author of Legal Issues in Concrete Construction (1st and 2nd editions). He is the only attorney who has been named a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (FACI). He will serve as president of the American Concrete Institute in 2020/21.

He is known for his involvement with large, complex construction litigation cases including:

  • Notre Dame Stadium, Indiana
  • Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Michigan
  • Great Lakes Aquarium, Minnesota
  • A North Dakota ethanol plant
  • Florida and California marina cases

In addition to handling major cases, much of his practice involves advising clients on contracts, contract negotiations, claims avoidance and early resolution of potential claims.

Coleman also offers unique capabilities in the area of risk financing (insurance) alternatives, including formation of captive insurance companies and excess coverage through the London insurance market in response to the crisis in the professional liability markets during the 1980s. He has a 25-year working relationship with Lloyds of London syndicates and other London-based insurance companies.

Before establishing The Coleman Law Firm, he co-founded Coleman Hull & Van Vliet with long-time partner and friend William D. Hull. Previously, Coleman was corporate counsel for Ellerbe Becket, an architectural, engineering, interior design and construction firm.

Associations

Coleman is a member, board member or executive of legal and engineering associations including:

  • American Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Consulting Engineers Council of Minnesota
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • American Institute of Architects
  • American Concrete Institute
  • American Society of Concrete Contractors
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Concrete Council

Recent Awards

  • Named a Best Lawyer in Minnesota by Best Lawyers / U.S. News & World Report
  • State of Minnesota’s exclusive Client Choice Award recipient in the Construction category. Award recipients can only be nominated by corporate counsel, and are selected based on their “ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond the other players.”
  • Richard Stehly Industry Advancement Award from the Minnesota Concrete Council, for advancing the concrete industry
  • Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award from the American Concrete Institute (ACI) for outstanding service to ACI Committee “Responsibility in Concrete Construction”
  • Tom Roche Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (the only attorney to receive this award)

He has been frequently selected by Thomson Reuters for the Minnesota Super Lawyers list and achieved the highest ranking (AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated) by Martindale-Hubbell.

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Education

  • B.S., civil engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • M.S., structural engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (Master’s degree thesis on fatigue behavior of air-entrained concrete, a research project for the Iowa Dept. of Transportation Paving Division)
  • J.D., cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN

Client Comments

Jeff was our attorney on a huge arbitration with a railroad in Kentucky. He did a great job. Not only did the firm exceed my expectations, but they were a pleasure to work with. There is no better fir… Read More
– Martin Savko, Senior Chairman, Nickolas Savko & Sons, Inc.

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Updates

OSHA’s Silica Rule: Risk Management and Best Practices

OSHA requires employers to limit workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica and to take appropriate steps to protect workers whose exposure reaches certain thresholds.

Jeff Coleman designated a top MN construction attorney by Chambers and Partners

We are pleased to announce that founding partner Jeff Coleman has again been named one of the top Construction attorneys in Minnesota by the international attorney rating organization, Chambers and Partners. The designation “Band 1” is based on their rigorous, independent research, which includes interviews with clients and peers. To go to Jeff’s description in […]

Understanding and Navigating the Business Immigration Process—The H-1B Visa

Recommendations for securing H-1B Visa approval. Enabling American companies to employ foreign workers in \”specialty occupations\” which require highly qualified and skilled employees..

Lars Erickson elected to the Minnesota Concrete Council Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce that partner Lars Erickson has been elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Concrete Council. The MCC is a concrete-related trade association dedicated to advancing education, technical practice, scientific investigation and research into cast-in-place concrete. Lars has been practicing law since 1996 and has […]

The Go/NoGo Process: Risk Analysis of Client, Project and Team

Projects are the lifeblood of A/E business. But the marketing resources required to secure a project can be significant. From a management perspective it’s a balancing act: Is pursuing this project a worthwhile investment? Are the project and client a good fit for our firm? Would this project truly benefit the business—in terms of profit […]

Lobbying, PACs and Contributions: What A/E Execs Need to Know

Legislation and public policy are crucial factors in the lives of architects and engineers. So. . . A/E professionals need to know how individuals, companies and professional organizations can ethically influence public policy and law. and A/E executives should build a culture that encourages and supports employee civic involvement, while in no way suggesting that […]

A Proactive Approach to Claims

No one wants to have a claim filed against them. So you need to know how to recognize an incident that could become a claim, and how to manage the incident before it progresses to litigation. Then you need to share lessons learned with your staff.

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Roundtable

The Coleman Executive Roundtable for Architects and Engineers is a community of architectural and engineering industry leaders who come together quarterly to learn about and discuss current business issues.

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