Elizabeth Abbene Coleman is a litigator and co-chair of the firm’s Products Liability Practice. Fortune 500 companies and other public and private entities seek her counsel in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts, in internal investigations and on regulatory and compliance issues.
Ms. Coleman is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice and has extensive pre- trial, trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts across the country, and with alternative dispute resolution processes. Ms. Coleman represents clients in diverse industries, including automotive, aviation, print management and communications, consumer products, e-commerce, food and beverage, furniture, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and private equity funds.
Ms. Coleman represents corporate clients and wealthy families in high-stakes matters. She has handled high-profile litigation relating to securities fraud and misrepresentations, derivative actions, breach of fiduciary duty, Ponzi schemes, trust and estate litigation, misappropriation of trade secrets, and disputes over transactions, licenses and contracts. In addition, she represents clients in proceedings involving temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in matters posing threats to cease company operations.
Ms. Coleman defends and counsels corporations and executives in matters before regulatory agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and State Attorneys General.
Product manufacturers, distributors and retailers seek her counsel in consumer class action, consumer fraud, product liability and toxic tort lawsuits. In addition, she has significant experience representing clients before the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and globally in developing effective product recall programs, assessing compliance with CPSC regulations and in defending and negotiating investigations and enforcement actions initiated by the CPSC.
She is a member of the both the firm's Associate Development and Evaluation Committee and Litigation Associate Assignment Committee.
Ms. Coleman has a strong commitment to public service. She has handled a variety of pro bono matters in connection with her membership in the Trial Bar of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Some of her pro bono representations include employment discrimination matters; criminal, including capital appeals; executive clemency; and acting as legal advisor to Illinois not- for-profit corporations. Ms. Coleman is a long-standing member of The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.