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Richard Michael Coleman, American lawyer. Bar: District of Columbia 1960, California 1967, United States Court Appeals (District of Columbia 1960), United States Court Appeals (9th circuit) 1973, United States Court Appeals (3d circuit) 1990, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1964.


Coleman, Richard Michael was born on September 16, 1935 in Brooklyn. Son of Frank T. and Eileen (Cafferty) Coleman.


AB summa cum laude, Georgetown University, 1957. Master of Laws, Georgetown University, 1961. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1960.

Certified in Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, 1999.


United States attorney, special atty organized crime racketeering section Department Justice, Washington, 1961-1964. Chief organized crime section United States Attorney' General’ s Office, 1964-1966. Chief special prosecutions director Southern and Central Divisions California, 1966-1967.

Associate McKenna & Fitting, Los Angeles, 1967-1968, partner, 1969-1970, Coleman & Richards and predecessors, Los Angeles, since 1971. Adjunct professor Straus Institute Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School Law, since 2000. Mediation panel Los Angeles Superior Court, since 1998.

Host Law Forum, Station KSCI-television, 1982-1983, Station KWHY, 1985-1986. Member board advisors College Arts and Sciences, Georgetown University, 1990-1993. Member board visitors Pepperdine University School Law, 1995-2003.

Member advisory group Center District California Civil Justice Reform Act, 1990-1994.


Charter member Fraternity of Friends of the Music Center. National co-chairman Lawyers for Reagan/Bush, 1984. Fellow American Bar Foundation, American College Trial Lawyers.

Member American Bar Association (president national caucus of metropolitan bar leaders 1982-1983, executive council 1981, executive council national conference bar president 1985-1988), California Bar Association (commission judicial nominees evaluation 1986-1989), Los Angeles County Bar Association (president 1981-1982, trustee 1978-1980), Century City Bar Association (president 1977-1978, board governors 1973-1986, Outstanding Achievement awrd 1975, 77, 79, Outstanding Service award 1989), Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association (president's award 1981, 82), Association Business Trial Lawyers (board governors 1976-1978), Century City Chamber of Chamber (board directors 1977-1989, secretary 1978-1979, vice president 1979-1980), Georgetown University Alumni Association (past president, Southern California director, national board governors), Southern California Mediation Association, California Academy Mediation Professionals (board directors since 2000), Malibu Bar Association (Lawyer of Year award 2001).


Married Bonnie Son of Matthews, May 30, 1980. 1 child, Matthew Stephen.