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Sonia Denae Coleman

Sonia Denae Coleman

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Corporate / Incorporation, Business, Employment / Labor

About Me

Sonia D. Coleman is an award-winning attorney, speaker, instructor, presenter and the Principal and Founder of the Law Office of Sonia D. Coleman, P.C. With over a decade of experience, Ms. Coleman has an innate ability to develop and build relationships with individuals at all levels and reach a consensus. Prior to the formation of her own firm, Ms. Coleman acquired extensive experience in the Corporate Sector. Her clients benefit from her calm and creative approach to solving problems. She has spearheaded many projects and contributed to the efficiency of corporate processes and compliance procedures, including the redesign of corporate contracts/templates and guidebooks.

Ms. Coleman has successfully resolved hundreds of claims and litigated matters, including health insurance, breach of contract, and employment law issues. She has advised and counseled senior level executives on preventive corporate strategies. A persistent litigator, she has successfully argued and drafted dispositive motions before the Circuit Court of Cook County and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, including a published decision. Her corporate experience allows her to combine legal strategy with strong business acumen.

Ms. Coleman has been featured in publications which further highlight her professional, community and civic contributions, such as the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Cleo Edge Magazine. She has presented at professional organizations, academic institutions and associations. Currently, she serves as an Adjunct Professor at Dominican University. There, she designed and facilitated the pioneer Contracts Course for the Legal Studies Program and taught Strategic Corporate Communications to prospective Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science students. 

Ms. Coleman earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Howard University and her Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Chicago. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association (Estates and Trusts Committee) and the American Bar Association (Real Property Estate and Trusts and Solo and Small Firm Committees).


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. Estate Planning: 47%
  2. Corporate / Incorporation: 33%
  3. Employment / Labor: 10%
  4. Business: 10%



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Jennifer Heewon Ahn

    I endorse this lawyer for a wide variety of matters. Sonia is a very thoughtful, detail oriented, smart attorney. She is also a very kind person. The makings of a great lawyer.


    Jennifer Ahn Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Martha Jane White

    Sonia is an excellent attorney. She is very thorough and takes every necessary step to completely research a topic. Additionally, she is very compassionate. A true pillar of the legal society.


    Martha White DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact Info

Sonia D. Coleman

15774 S. Lagrange Road, #171
Orland Park, IL, 60462


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199605/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
President's AwardBlack Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago2009
President's Diversity AwardHealth Care Service Corporation2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Principal and FounderThe Law Office of Sonia D. Coleman, P.C.2013 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorDominican University2010 - Present
Assistant General CounselBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois2005 - 2009
Major Claims Oversight AnalystCna Insurance Company2002 - 2004

Association NamePosition NameDuration
South Suburban Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates SectionMember of Trusts and Estates Committee2013 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates SectionCouncil Member2013 - 2014
Defense Research InstituteMember of the Diversity Committee2011 - 2013
Leadership Greater ChicagoFellow2010 - Present
Chicago Council on Global AffairsN/A2009 - 2011
Council on Legal Education OpportunityBoard Member2008 - 2011
Constitutional Rights Foundation of ChicagoBoard Member2008 - 2009
American Bar AssociationMember of Trusts and Estate Committee2005 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Conti v. HCSCThe defendant won a motion for summary judgment at the circuit court level which was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Women Advocacy Committee, American Bar AssociationLeading Your First Committee2009
American Bar Association 101 Article SeriesFinding and Keeping Mentors2008

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Howard UniversityPsychologyBachelor of Science1992

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
SeminarLaws Affecting Employees2013
SeminarHiring Employees2013
SeminarThe Basics of Estate Planning2013
DuPage County Bar Association CLE on DiversityThe Business Case for Diversity2011
Alliance for WomenServing on Corporate Boards2010
Spring Mentoring DinnerThe Gift of Guidance, the Power of Success2009
Council on Legal Education Opportunity Career FairHow to Succeed as an Attorney2009
Awards CeremonyMy Career as an Attorney2008
42nd Annual Lawyers' Conference, Blue Cross and Blue Shield AssociationStrategies for Defending Non-participating Provider Lawsuits2008
Career PanelHow to Thrive as In-house Counsel2007
Black History Month Tour of Daley CenterThe Law as a Career2007
40th Annual Lawyers' ConferenceElectronic Data Discovery and Personal Liability of In-house Council2006