J. Walker Coleman  IV - K&L Gates

J. Walker Coleman IV

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Walker Coleman is the Administrative Partner of the Charleston office and serves on the firm’s Management Committee. He is an experienced litigator who concentrates his practice in the area of complex, high-stakes litigation, with an emphasis on labor and employment, trade secret, and class action litigation. He also handles business disputes, defends product defect claims, and represents companies in government investigations.

Mr. Coleman has successfully handled cases for numerous local, national, and international companies in industries including: athletic equipment, automotive, aviation, banking, beverage, broadcast media, chemical, computer software, construction, entertainment, environmental, government contracts, health care, intellectual property, manufacturing, maritime, medical laboratory testing, medical product, paper and packaging, plumbing fixtures, pharmaceutical, retail, resort and hospitality, restaurant, shipping, snack food, steel, telecommunications, textiles, and trucking.

More specifically, in the labor and employment areas, Mr. Coleman routinely defends employers in litigation, including class and collective actions and multi-district litigation, relating to employment discrimination, all forms of harassment, wage and hour, wrongful termination, trade secret misappropriation, alleged unfair labor practices, and restrictive covenants. He also represents employers in government investigation and routinely counsels employers on leave issues, positive and legally viable employment practices, reductions in force and plant closings, the sale and acquisition of domestic and foreign businesses, executive terminations and severance packages, and union avoidance. Mr. Coleman also has successfully represented numerous employers before the EEOC, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board and the S.C. Department of Labor, Licenses and Regulation.

Mr. Coleman also defends companies in product liability lawsuits, and in business disputes involving RICO claims and claims, among others, for breach of contract, unfair trade practices, fraud, civil conspiracy, defamation, and breach of fiduciary duties.

Mr. Coleman has been recognized by his peers and corporate counsel as a leader in the labor and employment practice area through his inclusion in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and South Carolina Super Lawyers for many years.

University of South CarolinaJ.D. 1993Clemson UniversityBA 1986

Office Location

134 Meeting Street, Suite 500
Charleston, SC 29401
United States


Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning