Timothy J. Coleman - Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP

Timothy J. Coleman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014

Tim Coleman’s law practice focuses on civil litigation.  He is chair of the firm’s employment law practice group, and co-chair of the railroad practice group.  Tim has represented individuals as well as small and large businesses for over 30 years, defending cases involving personal injury, commercial matters, labor and employment law, regulatory, third party, insurance, environmental and toxic torts, real estate, contract matters and product liability and business disputes.  Tim has tried over 65 cases to verdict and has also handled many arbitrations and mediations.

Representative Cases:
  • Obtained jury verdict for employer on claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation seeking $4.5 million in damages.
  • Defended a claim for damages resulting from faulty software and won summary judgment against the software maker for full indemnity based on product liability and other theories.
  • Successfully tried an employment case to verdict involving claims of retaliatory discharge for filing an injury report.
  • Served as lead counsel on two different corporate disputes involving oppressive behavior by the majority shareholders.  Mediated cases and obtained favorable results for the client in both cases.
  • Defended a federal case involving claims of permanent disability, complex causation and damages.  After a two week trial, the jury rendered a defense verdict.
  • Filed suit against a third-party involving claims in excess of $5 million. Convinced the third-party and its insurer to accept full tender.
  • Handled many claims involving complex contract and Common Law Indemnity issues.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement in a federal whistleblower law claim filed before OSHA.
  • Represented a trucking company in resolving a trade secret dispute with a former employee.
  • Tried a wrongful discharge case for several days until plaintiff accepted an offer to settle the case at the same amount plaintiff was offered before trial.
  • Negotiated and obtained favorable settlements in multiple cases involving claims of state law retaliation, ADA violations, age discrimination, disability discrimination, race discrimination, FELA, LIA, SAA, FMLA and other related claims.

Additional Information

Other Court Admissions — The United States District Court for the District of Oregon, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.
University of OregonBA 1980University of Oregon School of LawJ.D. 1984
ALFA International Labor & Employment Practice GroupAmerican Short Line and Regional Railroad AssociationEmerging Local Government Leaders NetworkFederal Bar AssoicationMultnomah Bar AssociationNational Association of Railroad Trial CounselOregon Association of Defense CounselPublic Risk Management AssociationUnited States District Court Historical Society

Office Location

Pioneer Tower, Suite 500
888 Southwest Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
United States

Practice Areas

Railroad Law

Other Information

Gender: Male