Terrence J. Coleman

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San Francisco, California

Terrence J. Coleman, Partner

Terrence J. Coleman, a partner in the firm since 1999, represents policyholders in insurance bad faith and insurance coverage matters. Mr. Coleman was lead trial counsel in Patrick v. UNUM Life Insurance Company, a disability case under ERISA, which resulted in an extraordinary verdict of $1.5 million, six times the amount of disability benefits owed. Mr. Coleman is a member of the State Board of California, Consumer Attorneys of California and the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. In 2003, Mr. Coleman served as Chair of the Insurance Section of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Coleman is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law and the University of California at Berkeley.

The Trial Lawyer, Spring 2009 - Case: Michael Moody v. Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston

Published Works

Case: Michael Moody v. Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston, The Trial Lawyer, Spring (2009)
"Overcoming the 'Genuine-Issue' Rule in Bad-Faith Cases,", Terrence J. Coleman w/Arnold R. Levinson, Trial Magazine (2002)
"Using the 'Treating Physicians Rule' in Disability Bad Faith Cases,", Terrence J. Coleman w/ Arnold R. Levinson, Forum Magazine (2001)
Co-Author, Homeowner and Consumer Insurance: Landslides, Fires and Natural Disasters, American Association for Justice (1995)
An Inequitable Approach to Defining Accountant Liability to Third Parties, Bily v. Arthur Young & Co, 28 USF Law Review 239

Current/Past Affiliations or Offices Held

Chair, Insurance Section, American Association for Justice (2003)
Board of Directors, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (2001)
Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
Honors & Awards

San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Distinguished Service Award (2001)
Bar Admissions

California (1994)
U.S. District Court Northern District of California (1994)
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit; Year (1994)
Classes/Seminars/Presentations/CLEs Taught or Instructed

"The Attorney-Client Privilege/Attorney Work Product in Bad Faith Cases, American Conference Institute's 10th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Bad Faith and Punitive Damages (2004)
"Challenges in California Insurance Coverage Litigation", National Business Institute (2004)
"Civil Litigation Practice: 22nd Annual Recent Developments", Continuing Education of the Bar (2004)
"Insurance Coverage Law in California", National Business Institute (2002)
"The Year in Review - Developments in Civil Litigation", Continuing Education of the Bar (2002)
"Fundamentals of Insurance Litigation", Attorney Educational Seminar, Oakland, California (2001)
"ERISA Preemption: A Relic of the Past?", American Association for Justice Annual Convention (2000)
"Recent Developments in Punitive Damages", Consumer Attorneys of California Winter Convention (2000)


University of San Francisco School of Law; City: San Francisco; State: California; Country: United States of America;
University of California; City: Berkeley; State: California; Country: United States of America

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Insurance Coverage Matters

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation