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Julia M. Coleman

Phone: 410-570-1215

Julia Coleman has a wide range of experience handling litigation matters in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings. Ms. Coleman has served as co-counsel in complex criminal matters in both state and federal courts. Ms. Coleman has served as lead trial counsel for civil tort actions and in mediations before administrative agencies and in federal court. In addition to her court experience, Ms. Coleman has represented clients in grand jury investigations and internal investigations, and in investigations brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and several Offices of the Inspector General.

In 2020, 2021, and 2022, Ms. Coleman was recognized by Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star, an honor bestowed to no more than 2.5% of attorneys in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Coleman has also been recognized as “One to Watch” by Best Lawyers in America® by U.S. News & World Report in 2021, 2022, and 2023.


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D.
    • Catholic University Law Review
      • 2010-2011 Staff Member
    • Wilhelm C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team
      • 2010-2011 Team Member
      • 2011-2012 Team Captain
  • James Madison University, B.A.
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

Representative Engagements

  • Co-counsel for international sports broadcasting company executive in connection with bribery allegations arising out of FIFA investigation. 
  • Co-counsel for executives in investigations by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice into alleged “no-poach” agreements
  • Co-counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice’s first ever standalone prosecution of OFAC violations under the Kingpin Act. 
  • Appointed by a Federal Judge as co-counsel for indigent client charged with Conspiracy to Distribute One Kilogram or More of Phencyclidine, Possessing a Firearm During a Federal Drug Trafficking Offense, Armed Extortion, Armed Robbery, First Degree Burglary While Armed, Obstruction of Justice, Cruelty to Children, Unlawful Possession with the Intent to Distribute Phencyclidine and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm. Ms. Coleman served as lead counsel at oral argument on a motion to dismiss five of the six 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) charges against her client, on the basis that the § 924(c) charges could not be based on a D.C. Code, and not federal, offense. After oral argument, the Court granted the motion to dismiss and concluded, in a matter of first impression for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, that “Congress intended for § 924(c) to reach only federal, U.S. Code crimes.” In securing the dismissal of these charges, Ms. Coleman ensured that, if convicted, her client would no longer face a mandatory life sentence. On March 24, 2015, following a 12-week trial, a jury acquitted Ms. Coleman’s client on all charges, except a lesser burglary offense and Unlawful Possession with the Intent to Distribute Phencyclidine and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm.
  • Co-counsel for a defendant in the first trial of individuals indicted on multiple charges of conspiracy, felony rioting, and destruction of property following the January 2017 Inauguration of Donald J. Trump. Following a four-week trial, Ms. Coleman’s client, and all of her client’s co-defendants, were acquitted of all charges. After the acquittals in this trial, and acquittals and mistrials in the following Inauguration trial, the government dismissed all charges against all 100+ remaining charged defendants. 
  • Co-counsel for a former telephone company executive charged with defrauding the Federal Lifeline telephone program out of more than $32 million. On the eve of what was expected to be an eight-week trial, the U.S. Department of Justice dismissed all charges against Ms. Coleman’s client.
  • Lead counsel for plaintiff in a personal injury action involving a multi-vehicle collision against three defendants and complex contributory negligence issues. After a two-day jury trial, the jury found that the plaintiff was not at fault for the collision and awarded a verdict for plaintiff of $15,825.20, over $9,000 more than plaintiff had sustained in medical costs and lost wages. 
  • Lead counsel for plaintiff in a personal injury action, in which plaintiff had sustained over $9,070.80 in medical expenses. Following a bench trial, the Court awarded plaintiff a verdict of $19,070.80. 
  • Co-counsel for Am Law 200 international law firm in a discrimination lawsuit brought by a former employee. Following extensive discovery, Plaintiff dismissed her case with prejudice, just prior to her scheduled deposition. She received no remuneration. 
  • Co-counsel for an officer and executive of a national healthcare provider at depositions pursuant to civil investigative demands issued by the U.S. Department of Justice in a multi-state False Claims Act investigation
  • Co-counsel for NSA Station Chief for Korea who pled guilty to child abuse resulting in death in Montgomery County, Maryland. Prosecutor sought a 40-year term of imprisonment. Ms. Coleman’s client was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, and will be eligible for release in four years.