Attorney Douglas Coleman

Douglas M. Coleman, Partner

Practice areas:
  • General Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Healthcare Practice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Employment
  • ERISA
  • Non-Profit Services
Honors & Affiliations:
  • Member, Alexandria Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D. 1985
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1982 (English, Anthropology)

Mr. Coleman’s practice focuses on professional liability claims, particularly malpractice suits against nursing homes, physicians, dentists, attorneys, accountants and pension consultants. He has defended several hundred Virginia real estate agents since 1987 in various proceedings, including ethics and licensure hearings.

Mr. Coleman also practices in the related fields of employment law, pension, health and disability benefits under ERISA and state law, and employment discrimination claims. A native Alexandrian, his interest in history and architecture has led to the occasional case in the unusual field of historic preservation.

Reported Cases:
  • Romeril Appraisal Group, Inc. v. Stevens Real Estate, Inc., 18 Fed.Appx.134 (4th Cir. 2001)
  • Interstate Fire & Cas. Co. v. 1218 Wisconsin, Inc., 136 F.3d. 830 (D.C. Cir. 1998)
  • Richman v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 1992 U.S. App. LEXIS 29659(4th Cir. 1992)
  • PRC Realty Systems, Inc. v. National Ass’n of Realtors, 1992 U.S. App. LEXIS 18017 (4th Cir. 1992)
  • Rossmann v. Lazarus, 1:08cv316 (JCC) E.D.Va. (2009)
  • Wolf v. Fauquier County Bd. Of Supervisors, 1:06cv945 (JCC) E.D.Va. (2007)
  • Haga v. L.A.P. Care Servs. Inc., 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1605 (W.D. Va. Feb. 1, 2002)
  • Elsroth v. Consolidated Edison Co., 10 F. Supp. 2d 427 (1998)
  • Christian v. Dupont-Waynesboro Health Care Coverage Plan, 12 F.Supp.2d 535 (1998)
  • Velez v. Prudential Health Care Plan, 943 F. Supp. 332 (1996)
  • Marro v. K-III Communs. Corp., 943 F. Supp. 247 (1996)
  • Christian v. E.I. Dupont de Nemours & Co., 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21599 (W.D. Va. Feb. 4, 1997)
  • Williams v. Nathan, 1993 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20968 (E.D. Va. March 19, 1993)
  • Bucci v. Blue Cross-Blue Sheild, inc., 764 F. Supp. 728 (1991)
  • Adams v. Blue Cross/Blue Sheild, Inc., 757 F. Supp. 661 (1991)
  • Pirozzi v. Blue Cross-Blue Sheild, 741 F. Supp. 586 (1990)
  • Alcoy v. Valley Nursing Homes, Inc., 630 S.E.2d 301 (2006)
  • Van Deusen v. Snead, 441 S.E. 2d 207 (1994)
  • Cabiness v. Med. Facilities of Am. VIII Ltd. P’ship, 80 Va. Cir. 425 (2010)
  • McGlen v. Barrett, 78 Va. Cir. 90 (2009)
  • Williams v. Med. Facilities of Am., 75 Va. Cir. 416 (2005)
  • Taylor v. Boehm, 58 Va. Cir. 229 (2002)
  • Smith v. Loudoun County Pub. Schs., 1999 Va. Cir. LEXIS 745 (1999)
Bar Admissions:
  • Virginia
Court Admissions:
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
Seminars:
  • "The Devil and Daniel Webster and a Brief History of Jury Nullification," Alexandria Bar Association, Halloween 2014
  • Statutes and Cases Affecting the Civil Liability of Real Estate Licensees in Virginia," Alexandria Bar Association, October 2014
  • Risk Management Speaker for Women's Council of Realtors, January 2014
  • "Expert Witnesses in Malpractice Cases," Alexandria Bar Association, October 2013
  • "The Law of Ghosts, Witches, and Graveyards," Alexandria Bar Association, Halloween 2013
  • Risk Management Speaker, Dulles Area Association of Realtors, September 2013
  • Issues in Risk Management, MFA Administrators Conference, December 4 2007
  • Managing Legal Liability for Assisted Living Facilities, VAHA Conference, October 2007
  • Medicare/Medicaid Liens “Settling Medicaid Negligence Cases,” November, 2007
  • Issues in Risk Management, VAHA Conference, Richmond, April 20, 2005
  • VANHA “Mediation and Arbitration in Contracts”, December 4, 2003
  • “Fraud Allegations Against Residential Real Estate Agents”, May 1998
  • "Defense of Real Estate Agents," Alexandria Bar Association, May 1998
  • "§ 1133 Claims in ERISA" Current Issues in Bone Marrow Transplantation, Westchester Medical College, April 1998
  • "Current ERISA Law Issues and Code Preparation," Loyola University School of Law, April 1998
  • “The 10 Biggest Mistakes Agents Make that Lead to Professional Liability Claims”, NVAR 1995 Annual Convention and Trade Show, September 19, 1995
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Long-Term Care Seminar, April 2015, View from the Defense Perspective;
  • Dulles Realtors Risk Management Seminar, Commercial Use of Drones in Real Estate, April 2015;
  • Alexandria Bar Association, Recovering Attorney's Fees in Virginia, April 2015.

301 North Fairfax Street, Suite 207, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 | Please call or e-mail to schedule a consultation | Phone: (703) 739-4200