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About Me

Mary-Alice Coleman received her
Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis, School of
Law in 1980. She also is an honors graduate with bachelor of arts and
Master of Public Administration degrees from California State
University, Chico. After practicing law in the public sector for over
20 years, Mary-Alice founded the Law Office of Mary-Alice Coleman in


Languages Spoken: Spanish, Hebrew

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Practice Areas


  1. Wrongful Termination: 40%
    12 years
  2. Sexual Harassment: 20%
    12 years
  3. Discrimination: 20%
    12 years
  4. Employment & Labor: 10%
    12 years, 200 cases
  5. Personal Injury: 10%
    12 years



Hourly ($250-500/hour), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Michael Lee Carver

    I endorse this lawyer. The members of her firm are tough litigators. She is an excellent attorney, particularly in the area of public employment. She is hard working and very ethical.


    Michael Carver Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Stephen R Jaffe

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Stephen Jaffe Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of Mary-Alice Coleman

1109 Kennedy Place
Suite 2
Davis, CA, 95616



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 2011 Employment LawyerLA Daily Journal2011
Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2010
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Mary-Alice Coleman2003 - Present
CounselDepartment of Consumer Affairs, Sacramento, CA1985 - 2002
Attorney/Special Assistant to Court AdministratorSacramento County Municipal Court District1983 - 1985
AttorneyNational Center for State Courts1980 - 1982
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Yolo County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Sacramento County Bar Association Law SectionMemberN/A
Sacramento County Bar Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
Sacramento County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
California State Bar Labor and Employment SectionMemberN/A
Sacramento Women Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
California State Bar Public Law SectionMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationLegislative AdvocateN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
California Employment Lawyers AssociationLegislative AdvocateN/A
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Verdict for Woman fired as school Director$1.8 Million Verdict
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Publication NameTitleDate
Abbey PressJustice in the Balance: 2020 (Contributor)N/A
California Center for Judicial Education and ResearchSmall Claims Court and Consumer Law (Consultant and Contributor)N/A
Department of Consumer AffairsUsing the Small Claims Court - A Handbook for Plaintiffs and Defendants (Co-Author)N/A
Riverside County Bar BulletinDispute Resolution Options - California's Challenge for the 1990'sN/A
Pepperdine Law ReviewImplementation of California's Dispute Resolutions ActN/A
Sacramento County Bar AssociationCalifornia's Community Dispute Resolution Program: An Interim ReportN/A
Department of Consumer AffairsResolving Common Consumer Disputes: Sourcebook for Small Claims Court Judicial OfficersN/A
Department of Consumer AffairsSmall Claims Court - PlaintiffsN/A
Department of Consumer AffairsSmall Claims Court - DefendantN/A
Northern California Institute of Local GovernmentYour Town: A guide to Leadership in Small Rural CommunitiesN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawN/AJuris Doctorate1980
California State University, ChicoPublic AdministrationMA - MastersN/A
California State University, ChicoPolitical Science/Public AdministrationBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
CPERDue Process for Public Employees2011
CELA Annual ConferenceDefeating Anti-SLAPP Motions2010
High School Civil Education and Outreach ProgramOperation Protect and DefendN/A