Ronald D. Coleman


Phone: (212) 695-8100
Fax: (212) 629-4013

Commercial Litigation

Intellectual Property, Technology & Media

J.D., Northwestern University
School of Law

A.B., Princeton University

New York
New Jersey

New York State Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association Federal Bar Association
New York Intellectual Property Law Association
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Copyright Society of the USA

Ron Coleman is a commercial litigator focusing on copyright, trademark and unfair competition. He concentrates on commercial and intellectual property litigation and his work has been acknowledged as defining the leading edge in IP, online and new media counseling.

Ron is one of the lawyers whose work is developing the law relating to the use and abuse of intellectual property on the Internet. One of the best-known lawyers in the “blogging” world, he is the volunteer general counsel of the Media Bloggers Association. His blog about copyright, trademark, free speech and related issues, LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION®, was recognized by the ABA Journal as one of the top 100 law-related blogs in the country in its first-ever listing of law blogs in 2007. In fact, Ron authored the first article on Internet law in the ABA Journal, in 1995, and has published numerous articles and treatise contributions on law and litigation. Most notably, he co-authored the chapter on “Responses to Complaints” in the first edition of Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts published by the American Bar Association and the West Group. More recently, he contributed a chapter on the topic of rights of publicity and trademark to a 2013 book called In the Arena: A Sports Law Handbook, published by the NYSBA.

An AV Preeminent-rated commercial litigator, Ron has successfully represented clients of every size in state and federal courts in bench and jury trials as well as in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and in arbitrations and mediations throughout the country. He has litigated and tried a wide range of commercial and other cases, including not only IP / IT and business tort cases but also contract, employment, ERISA, estate, regulatory, RICO, franchising, taxation, insurance and other claims.

Ron is a member of the New York and New Jersey State Bar Associations and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (the “City Bar”), having recently completely his second three-year term on its Trademark and Unfair Competition Committee. He is also a past member of the Internet Committee (Online Use Subcommittee) of the International Trademark Association (“INTA”). and has been a featured speaker in a wide variety of professional venues, including most recently the Copyright Society of the USA and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Ron is has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer®” in the field of intellectual property litigation and is listed in the current editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law. and was named one of Bergen County, New Jersey’s “Top Lawyers” in (201) magazine. He is actively involved in online social media and has a substantial following for his Twitter feed at the username @roncoleman.