Derrick Coleman’s practice is focused on litigating complex commercial and other disputes in state and federal courts and before JAMS, ADR Services, AAA and other arbitration organizations. Derrick has litigated a wide variety of contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty cases, lease disputes, consumer protection, unfair competition, and anti-trust cases, as well as disputes in the real estate, securities, health care, probate litigation, employment, and environmental fields, in individual actions and in nationwide class actions and other sophisticated multi-plaintiff disputes. He has represented a wide variety of clients over the years, including several of the top ten largest publicly-traded corporations in the world, a number of other Fortune 100 companies, medium-size and small businesses, and governmental and quasi-governmental entities. He has represented clients in some of the most widely-publicized litigation matters in the nation’s history, including cases with billions of dollars at stake.
Before co-founding Coleman Frost in 2004, Derrick practiced at O’Melveny & Myers LLP for seven years. At O’Melveny, Derrick's experience included serving as the primary liaison counsel for Ford Motor Company in the highly-publicized statewide coordination proceedings, In re Bridgestone/Firestone, featuring hundreds of wrongful death and personal injury claims nationwide.
Derrick started his practice at Haight, Brown & Bonesteel LLP in 1993. He was initially responsible for a variety of tort, construction defect and labor and employment cases before moving into the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, where he focused on contract, real estate and class action cases.
Derrick earned his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Southern California in 1993 after graduating from Duke University in 1990 with a dual-major B.S. in physics and a B.A. in political science. Derrick has written and lectured on a number of litigation-related and law firm management topics.