Jeff Colman is a litigator and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Colman has focused his 45-year career on complex civil and criminal litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Colman has represented more than 60 law firms across the country (as well as individual attorneys) in professional liability matters. He also has represented plaintiffs and defendants in class action litigation, in the defense of environmental, securities, antitrust and civil rights litigation, and in a wide array of civil and criminal matters. Mr. Colman has been extremely active in important pro bono representations and in law reform work.
In professional liability matters, Mr. Colman has represented international, national, regional and local law firms in claims including malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, fraud, conspiracy, contempt and a host of other matters. The subject matters of these representations have included bank failures, corporate receiverships, tax, real estate, environmental, securities, patent, litigation, trusts and estates, Indian gaming, acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Mr. Colman has successfully represented law firms and individual lawyers in disciplinary actions and other sensitive matters. His representations have been before administrative agencies, in the trial courts, and in appellate courts across the country.
Mr. Colman has received numerous awards for his extensive pro bono and public service activities. Among others, in 2012, Mr. Colman received the Justice John Paul Stevens Award, presented by The Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation to lawyers who exemplify Justice Stevens' commitment to integrity and public service; in 2011, he was named a “legend” of the bar by the American Constitution Society; in 2009, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association presented him with an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service; and in 2008, the John Howard Association of Illinois, a prison reform group, recognized his work defending Guantánamo Bay prisoners with its Leadership Award. Mr. Colman has served as a member (and chair) of the Illinois Supreme Court's Commission on Access to Justice, as a member of the Court’s Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases, and as chairman of the Court's Committee on Post-Conviction Review of Death Sentences. He also has served as a member of a host of not-for-profit organizations devoted to providing legal assistance to the poor and disenfranchised in our community.