The accomplished legal career of Michael Coleman, Esq., a partner and senior litigation counsel at Gavrilov & Brooks, appears to have been set in motion early on as he came from a long line of attorneys on both sides of his family. However, the Washington, D.C. native initially gravitated toward a career in writing and later politics—upon graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television, with a minor in political science, from New York University in 2005, he relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where he worked on a political campaign. The general counsel for the campaign was a friend of his father’s; after the campaign ended, he was offered a job as a legal researcher at his firm, Blackburn, McCune, Happell & Zenner, PLLC. It quickly became clear that although it wasn’t his original professional ambition, he had a natural aptitude for legal work; he trained with the firm and pursued a law degree at the McGeorge School of Law within the University of the Pacific, all the while gaining firsthand experience as a legal intern at the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and a law clerk at the firm, Culbreth, Shroeder, LLP. He ultimately obtained a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the university in 2013, served as an appellate consultant, was admitted to the California Bar Association in 2014, and became licensed to practice in all state and district courts in California.
In 2014, Mr. Coleman joined Gavrilov & Brooks as a senior litigation associate, working in this capacity for five years before advancing to senior litigation counsel and partner in 2020 and 2023, respectively. His practice has been predominantly focused on corporate and civil litigation, corporate governance, contract disputes, employment law, banking- and real estate-related matters, and trade secret misappropriation. He has accrued extensive experience across trials, appeals, and arbitrations, guiding, assisting, and prioritizing a wide range of clients—from governmental entities to Hollywood producers to trucking companies—through their litigation cases. Additionally, in his roles, he exercises his love and passion for writing as much of his workload requires a lot of it. Outside of his primary endeavors and responsibilities, he has provided his expertise as a senior litigation associate to the firm of Safarian Choi & Bolstad LLP.
Looking toward the future, Mr. Coleman and his wife, Rebecca, plan to retire in a second home in Indianapolis, which they would like to use as an income-producing property—and then relocate to Maryland and build up a practice there.