Born in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day, Bill Coleman was reared in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He obtained his undergraduate degree and his law degree from the University of Alabama. In law school, Bill was an editor on the Alabama Law Review, and he graduated in Farrah Order of Jurisprudence (Order of the Coif). Upon graduation he served in the U.S. Army, Military Intelligence, became a company commander, and was awarded an Army Commendation Medal.
Bill has more than forty years of dispute resolution experience, initially in a diverse civil litigation practice. Over the years his practice became substantially devoted to representing companies involved in the construction industry. Bill became known nationally as a “construction lawyer” and was invited in 2002 to become a Fellow of the American College of Construction lawyers, and he served on the Board of the ACCL (2013-2016).
Bill has been engaged in an alternative dispute resolution practice for over 30 years. He is recognized as a talented and successful mediator of all types of civil disputes, including multi-party disputes arising from construction projects. He has served as a neutral mediator in hundreds of cases and is a member of the Master Mediator Panel of the American Arbitration Association. Most construction contracts provide for resolution of disputes through arbitration, and Bill has been involved in hundreds of arbitrations as an advocate or arbitrator.
Any bio of Bill should include mention of his long and dedicated service to his law firm. He has been an integral part of Capell & Howard, evidenced only in part by the length of his service on its board of directors for over 30 years and as its managing director for 15 years until 2010. In March 2015, Bill retired from the firm and became “of counsel”, retaining a retired lawyer’s office at the firm. He has continued to work part-time as a neutral mediator or arbitrator for the resolution of disputes. News of his retirement lead to Bill accepting another “part-time” position as in-house counsel for Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, Inc., a noted architectural and engineering firm based in Montgomery with several offices in Alabama and other southeastern states. He also continues to be significantly involved in professional, civic and cultural associations within the city and state.