Timothy J. Coleman

Partner

1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.972.9213 Direct

Assistant: Angie D. Stennick: 503.243.1661 x 240

Overview
Tim is a civil trial attorney with over 30 years experience.  Tim has tried over 75 jury cases to verdict and has handled many more mediations and arbitrations.  He has represented a variety of businesses and individuals in both complex litigation and a variety of challenging cases.  He regularly handles the defense and prosecution of civil matters in the following areas:

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Railroad FELA and Railroad Crossings and other Railroad related cases 
  • Commercial Matters
  • Regulatory
  • Third Party
  • Insurance/Fire Loss 
  • Environmental and Toxic Torts
  • Real Estate
  • Contract Matters/Fiduciary Duty Disputes
  • Product Liability 
  • Business Disputes
  • Will and Trust Disputes
Education
B.S., Economics, University of Oregon
J.D., University of Oregon Law School 
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
United States District Courts of Oregon and Washington, including the Eastern and Western Districts
Idaho State Bar
United States District Court of Idaho 
Representative Matters
  • In 2016, Tim and his team tried a three-week case involving federal liability claims and damages claimed to be in excess of $3,000,000 and multiple experts.  The verdict came in at 1/3 of the last demand in a complex case.
  • Defended a complex injury case involving electrical shock in which plaintiff sought millions.  A reasonable settlement  was reached at mediation.
  • Obtained jury verdict for employer on claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation seeking $4.5 million in damages.
  • Defended a claim for damages resulting from faulty software and won summary judgment against the software maker for full indemnity based on product liability and other theories.
  • Successfully tried an employment case to verdict involving claims of retaliatory discharge for filing an injury report.
  • Served as lead counsel on several different corporate disputes involving oppressive behavior by the majority shareholders.  Mediated cases and obtained favorable results for the client in both cases.
  • Defended a federal case involving claims of permanent disability, complex causation, and damages.  After a two-week trial, the jury rendered a defense verdict.
  • Filed suit against a third party involving claims in excess of $5 million. Convinced the third party and its insurer to accept full tender.
  • Handled many claims involving complex contract and Common Law Indemnity issues.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement in a federal whistleblower law claim filed before OSHA.
  • Represented a trucking company in resolving a trade secret dispute with a former employee.
  • Tried a wrongful discharge case for several days until plaintiff accepted an offer to settle the case at the same amount plaintiff was offered before trial.
  • Negotiated and obtained favorable settlements in multiple cases involving claims of state law retaliation, ADA violations, age discrimination, disability discrimination, race discrimination, FELA, LIA, SAA, FMLA, and other related claims.
Honors
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers  in the area of Civil Litigation – Defense
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America"
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in the area of Transportation Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • Highest rating ("A.V.") by Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Organizations
Tim is a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC).  He has served as a Regional Vice President and is currently active on the executive and program committees.   He is frequently asked to speak regarding trial skills, litigation strategy, causation and complex medical issues, as well as other defense strategies.

Tim serves as a member of the following organizations:
  • ASLRRA (American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association)
  • ELGL (Emerging Local Government Leaders Network)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • NARTC (National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel)
  • OADC (Oregon Association of Defense Counsel)
  • PRIMA (Public Risk Management Association)
  • United States District Court Historical Society
Publications
"Minority Member/Shareholder Oppression Claims"   
3rd Quarter 2014 Employment and Business Law Newsletter
Speaking Engagements
Tim has been a frequent speaker on many topics.  Some of his recent presentations include:

"Is Your Business In Compliance With Recent Changes in Employment Laws?"
Presented to client business owners of the Engle and Schmidtman Law Firm, December 2014.

"BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Legal Issues at Work"
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Spring 2014.

"Managing Legal Issues Arising in Today's Wired World"
ALFA International's Labor and Employment Practice Group Seminar, Half Moon Bay, California, 2013.
News
Personal Interests
Outside the firm, Tim has served on several charity boards and coached a variety of youth sports teams.  Tim continues to coach Mock Trial.  In 2011 he helped coach a high school Mock Trial team to a State Championship and a 12th place finish at Nationals.

Tim enjoys being outdoors, golfing, hiking, and skiing in his spare time.
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Education
B.S., Economics, University of Oregon
J.D., University of Oregon Law School 
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
United States District Courts of Oregon and Washington, including the Eastern and Western Districts
Idaho State Bar
United States District Court of Idaho 
Honors
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers  in the area of Civil Litigation – Defense
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America"
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in the area of Transportation Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • Highest rating ("A.V.") by Martindale-Hubbell

Timothy J. Coleman

Partner


1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.972.9213 Direct

Assistant: Angie D. Stennick: 503.243.1661 x 240
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Tim is a civil trial attorney with over 30 years experience.  Tim has tried over 75 jury cases to verdict and has handled many more mediations and arbitrations.  He has represented a variety of businesses and individuals in both complex litigation and a variety of challenging cases.  He regularly handles the defense and prosecution of civil matters in the following areas:

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Railroad FELA and Railroad Crossings and other Railroad related cases 
  • Commercial Matters
  • Regulatory
  • Third Party
  • Insurance/Fire Loss 
  • Environmental and Toxic Torts
  • Real Estate
  • Contract Matters/Fiduciary Duty Disputes
  • Product Liability 
  • Business Disputes
  • Will and Trust Disputes
Personal Interests
Outside the firm, Tim has served on several charity boards and coached a variety of youth sports teams.  Tim continues to coach Mock Trial.  In 2011 he helped coach a high school Mock Trial team to a State Championship and a 12th place finish at Nationals.

Tim enjoys being outdoors, golfing, hiking, and skiing in his spare time.
Publications
"Minority Member/Shareholder Oppression Claims"   
3rd Quarter 2014 Employment and Business Law Newsletter
News
Representative Matters
  • In 2016, Tim and his team tried a three-week case involving federal liability claims and damages claimed to be in excess of $3,000,000 and multiple experts.  The verdict came in at 1/3 of the last demand in a complex case.
  • Defended a complex injury case involving electrical shock in which plaintiff sought millions.  A reasonable settlement  was reached at mediation.
  • Obtained jury verdict for employer on claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation seeking $4.5 million in damages.
  • Defended a claim for damages resulting from faulty software and won summary judgment against the software maker for full indemnity based on product liability and other theories.
  • Successfully tried an employment case to verdict involving claims of retaliatory discharge for filing an injury report.
  • Served as lead counsel on several different corporate disputes involving oppressive behavior by the majority shareholders.  Mediated cases and obtained favorable results for the client in both cases.
  • Defended a federal case involving claims of permanent disability, complex causation, and damages.  After a two-week trial, the jury rendered a defense verdict.
  • Filed suit against a third party involving claims in excess of $5 million. Convinced the third party and its insurer to accept full tender.
  • Handled many claims involving complex contract and Common Law Indemnity issues.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement in a federal whistleblower law claim filed before OSHA.
  • Represented a trucking company in resolving a trade secret dispute with a former employee.
  • Tried a wrongful discharge case for several days until plaintiff accepted an offer to settle the case at the same amount plaintiff was offered before trial.
  • Negotiated and obtained favorable settlements in multiple cases involving claims of state law retaliation, ADA violations, age discrimination, disability discrimination, race discrimination, FELA, LIA, SAA, FMLA, and other related claims.
Speaking Engagements
Tim has been a frequent speaker on many topics.  Some of his recent presentations include:

"Is Your Business In Compliance With Recent Changes in Employment Laws?"
Presented to client business owners of the Engle and Schmidtman Law Firm, December 2014.

"BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Legal Issues at Work"
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Spring 2014.

"Managing Legal Issues Arising in Today's Wired World"
ALFA International's Labor and Employment Practice Group Seminar, Half Moon Bay, California, 2013.
Professional Organizations
Tim is a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC).  He has served as a Regional Vice President and is currently active on the executive and program committees.   He is frequently asked to speak regarding trial skills, litigation strategy, causation and complex medical issues, as well as other defense strategies.

Tim serves as a member of the following organizations:
  • ASLRRA (American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association)
  • ELGL (Emerging Local Government Leaders Network)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • NARTC (National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel)
  • OADC (Oregon Association of Defense Counsel)
  • PRIMA (Public Risk Management Association)
  • United States District Court Historical Society