Washington DC Metro
12500 Fair Lakes Circle
Suite 300
Fairfax, Virginia 22033T: 571.522.6100

Practice Areas

Practice Emphasis

  • Defense of wage and hour litigation, including collective/class actions
  • Defense of employment discrimination litigation, including class actions
  • Employment law counseling
  • Wage and hour law counseling and compliance auditing

Bar & Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1981
  • Virginia, 1987
  • Numerous federal district courts and courts of appeal
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1981
  • US Court of Appeals - Third Circuit, 1985; Fourth Circuit, 1997; Eleventh Circuit, 2002
  • Supreme Court of Virginia, 1987
  • US District Court - Colorado, 1997
  • US District Court - Arizona, 1998
  • US Claims Court - June, 1998
  • US District Court - Eastern District of VA, 1992; Western District of VA, 2001


Georgetown University

  • J.D., 1981

Florida State University

  • B.S., Government and International Affairs, magna cum laude, 1978

Seminars & Presentations


James M. Coleman

"If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax."

--Abraham Lincoln

Jim Coleman has thirty-five years of experience in counseling employers on wage and hour matters, as well as defending employers in wage and hour litigation and administrative proceedings. His expertise includes in-depth knowledge of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and many comparable state wage and hour laws. Jim served as General Counsel for the National Council of Chain Restaurants for two decades, and through his representation of the trade association, as well as many of its member companies, he has developed considerable expertise in addressing legal issues of particular concern to the food service industry. Jim has also represented the chain restaurant industry before Congress in connection with legislative matters involving the FLSA and the NLRA.

Jim is widely regarded for his expertise in counseling employers on numerous labor law issues, including wage and hour standards, child labor restrictions, occupational safety and health standards, and employment discrimination. He has successfully defended many large restaurant chain employers in litigation brought by the U.S. Department of Labor concerning wage and hour, child labor, and OSHA matters. Jim has also defended many employers against single and multi-plaintiff lawsuits involving claims of employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and related charges. Jim serves as the Co-Chair of the firm’s Wage & Hour Practice Group. 


Awards & Recognition

  • ALM’s Legal Leaders: Washington D.C. & Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2015
  • Highly ranked in Chambers USA Guide
  • Jim Coleman has been recognized in the publication, Best Lawyers in America (2005-2018)
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2006-2012, 2014–2017)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers (2006-2012, 2014-2017)

Professional Activities/Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association

Civic/Charitable Activities/Associations

  • Boy Scouts of America, Assistant Scoutmaster
  • Youth Sports Leagues, Coach for Baseball, Basketball and Soccer

Other Personal Background Information and Interests

  • Jim is married with four children.
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