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Ronald David Coleman

Litigation Attorney at Newark, NJ

4.2   10 reviews

also known as Ronald D. Coleman, Ron Coleman

  • State Years
    New York - NY 34 years
    New Jersey - NJ 35 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Ronald

Learn Ronald’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    35%
    Commercial litigation - representing businesses and individuals involved in commerce in matters involving contracts and torts of competition

    36 years

  2. Intellectual property
    20%
    Trademark and copyright litigation and counseling

    36 years

  3. Internet
    20%

    26 years

  4. Business
    15%

  5. Communications and media
    10%

I am a commercial litigator specializing in federal litigation, including trials. I work extensively with online businesses, specifically in connection with the use of intellectual property on the Internet in both litigation and non-litigation roles. My firm is also recognized for its strength in business, healthcare and real estate law. I am known for my work as the lead attorney for Simon Tam in the U.S. Supreme Court case Matal v. Tam, which held that the disparagement clause of the trademark statute violated the First Amendment's free speech clause.

I have successfully represented clients of every size in state and federal courts, arbitrations and mediations in a variety of litigation matters, including contract disputes, distributorship litigation, trademark and unfair competition cases, business tort claims, toxic tort and insurance coverage litigation, discrimination and wrongful discharge cases, copyright infringement claims, and cases involving trade secrets, restrictive covenants and real estate. My litigation experience runs from pretrial investigation and early dispute resolution through every aspect of bench and jury trials as well as appeals.

My blog about copyright, trademark 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 in 2007.

Photos and videos

Defending the trademark infringement lawsuit (Lawline.com - excerpt)
Appearance on American Bar Journal discussing the Slants case and other questions involving IP law
Successful argument in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of blogger Patrick Frey. The court upheld our argument that his online commentary was written in his individual capacity even though he was employed as an LA County prosecutor
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Location

Dhillon Law Group
50 Park Place, Suite 1105
Newark, NJ, 07102
Dhillon Law Group
256 5th Ave.
4th Floor
New York, NY, 10001
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Intellectual Property
Have used Ron multiple times in the past for consultation on copyright issues. Always timely and sage advice. And hell of a great guy as well.
Posted by Simon | April 6, 2015
Wonderful to work with
I've been working with Ron for a well-known case for many years now and found him to be exceptionally perceptive, intuitive, and sharp in helping determine the legal course to take. He knows what he's talking about, and he has a sense of humor as well. My case has been ongoing for over six years - but it was Ron's ingenuity to tackle things from a different slant that allowed us to move forward and overcome many traditional barriers in place. He has worked tirelessly, been extremely responsive to my many questions, and has presented a case that has been scrutinized (though oft-misunderstood) by millions now. Throughout this process, he's helped protect me from myself - from acting too rash, and helping preserve and protect my brand.
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Posted by Sandy | April 1, 2015
Ron Sets The Bar For IP Attorneys
If you want your opponent’s heart to hit their stomach when they research your counsel, hire Ron. This is exactly what I was told by a team member of the “other side” after she came to work for us following our Ron-at-the-helm victory. When Ron took our case, I felt confident after doing my own research that we had the best. But this statement by my now sales manager cemented that sentiment; we had the best, and the other side knew it. Ron is a plethora of knowledge when it comes to intellectual property. Combine that with his powerful persona, his calm-in-the-storm approach, and his articulate legal writing skills, and you’ve got a brilliant attorney that you will be proud to have in your corner. Throw in his uncompromising honesty and his canny sense of humor, and you’ve got someone you'll be proud to have as your friend. If you’re looking for the best ip attorney, your search is over. You’ve found your man.
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Posted by Avraham | April 1, 2015
Ron succeeded in attaining a difficult trademark.
Ron advised me to pursue a trademark that would provide broader protection if approved. This would alleviate me from filing additional trademarks for variations of my service. He did a great job and my trademark is now registered.
Posted by Cynthia | March 26, 2015
Expert Litigator, Tremendous Ethics
Ron is an outstanding legal resource. He is the guy you hire when you want straight answers and results. A walking encyclopedia with a powerhouse punch. Ron defended my trademark and my small, privately held consulting practice (Dallas, Texas) against a giant, publicly traded (NYC) corporation with deep pockets, and an internal and external legal team. I hired Ron, because I felt I needed an IP attorney in NYC who could stand up to the NYC law firm who represented the corporation I was in dispute with. They were using my trademark after having been denied by the USPTO (because it belonged to me). After speaking with 3 Dallas IP attorneys, I was very unhappy and terrified of the possible outcome. Then, I came across Ron's blog, I read it extensively, reviewed his credentials (outstanding) and hoped he was available. I expected to get his assistant or a voice mail, even a no since he litigates such large cases. Nope, I got Ron on the phone first try. I knew in just a few minutes he was it. Ron and I never met in person, only on the phone as we exchanged detailed and super lengthy emails (mainly serious ones) but some were really funny, which made this infringement experience bearable. Ron is an excellent writer and communicator. Then, we actually met face to face on the NYC courthouse steps. It was as if we had known each other for years. Ron's authenticity was humbling. He was immaculately prepared, eloquent and quick to his feet with deep, succinct knowledge. I could tell the Judge was impressed with Ron. Even the opposing team was quiet on several occasions. A refined, powerful force whose calm, strategic approach delivered everything I wanted, a win. I highly recommend Ron for anything IP.
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Posted by Marc | March 25, 2015
An outstanding and dedicated attorney
Ron Coleman provides great legal counsel while trying to provide a reasonable path to resolution so not to run up the bill He is smart, dedicated and resourceful I would highly recommend him A real find!
Posted by Bill | March 25, 2015
Proactive Expertise
Ron Coleman was originally recommended to me by a trusted associate. Intellectual property can be very touchy business. It did not take very long before I realized how lucky I was to have him on our side. Ron is an excellent attorney and a genuine pleasure to work with.
Response from Ronald Coleman April 9, 2017
Greatly appreciated!
Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2008
Dedicated to satisfaction and completion
Ron did all my contract paper work, established my incorporation, set up TM, and was a complete gentlemen that keep me up to date with information while complying with deadlines. I was extremely satisfied, that I am using him for a second time. Highly recommend him!
Posted by Marco | January 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Did nothing
I was represented by him in a trademark case for a few months. He did nothing even when important dead-lines approached. He also rushed me to hire me another Las Vegas attorney to do the job that he clearly didn't like to do. Finally, I had no choice but releasing him, but he kept most of my $ 10,000 retention fee. He is very bully and unpleasant person.
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Response from Ronald Coleman April 19, 2021
This client hired me twice and on the same case and was angry when I refused to agree to be engaged a third time. The Las Vegas attorney he refers to is an Italian speaking trademark attorney, which was required for taking depositions in Italy relating to the case; it is true that as much as I would have liked to travel to Italy, "I did not want to do" something -- take a deposition through a translator -- that an Italian speaking US attorney could do better. I would have made a lot more in fees if I had done it myself. The client walked away the second time because he refused to pay for the lawyer I recommended for this part of the representation. This all took place many years ago, but "Marco" is still scouring the Internet looking for ways to "stay in touch" with me.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Ronald D. Coleman is Dishonest & Deceitful
Ronald D. Coleman, of N.J. and N.Y., failed to pursue my claims with due diligence and failed to act in my best interest and according to my goals and the terms of our agreement. In a November 2015 meeting, I repeatedly made clear that I did NOT want to litigate my claims and he agreed. He stated that he would spend $2000.00 of my $5500.00 retainer to review materials, draft and mail demand letters, and negotiate with the defendants. But he only pursued one of my claims--and half-heartedly at that when he blew off a scheduled four-way conference call because he simply “forgot.” Oops. Then in two months later, I received an invoice showing he’d used up $2863.00--nearly 2/3 of my retainer--pursing a single claim. When I protested that his excessive spending violated the terms of our agreement, he said that the upfront costs would be higher to formulate initial demand letters and evidence, and because they’d be reused with each subsequent claim, fewer hours would be expended with each. Then, two months later, I received an invoice showing he’d spent my whole retainer PLUS and additional $2000.00 worth of time on a only two letters and two phone calls. This conclusively showed that his intention all along was to litigate, not try to settle, because taking a case to court puts more money in his pocket. Don’t be fooled by his ratings: 10.0 out of 10.0 stars of Avvo.com and an A+ pre-eminent ranking on Martindale.com. HE IS DECEITFUL AND NOT TO BE TRUSTED!
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Response from Ronald Coleman April 9, 2017
I am sorry the reviewer feels this way, but disagree with her characterization of the facts recited in her review and her guess concerning my supposed "intention," which is most certainly not accurate. Because of this reviewer's entitlement to confidentiality it would be inappropriate to say any more here.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Dhillon Law Group
  • 2020 - Present
  • Partner
  • Mandelbaum Salsburg PC
  • 2017 - 2020
  • Partner
  • Archer Law
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Partner
  • Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Hoffman Polland & Furman, PLLC
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Bragar Wexler & Eagel, PC
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Coleman Law Firm, a Professional Corporation
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Partner
  • Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty, LLP
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch, LLP
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Lowenstein, Sandler, Kohl, Fisher & Boylan, a Professional Corporation
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler
  • 1990 - 1992
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Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Princeton University
  • AB
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Amatorio v. Schmelz et al. (Superior Court of NJ, Bergen County)
  • Adversaries' motion to dismiss denied
  • I.O.B. Realty, Inc. v. Patsy's Brand, Inc., 803 F. App'x 540 (2d Cir. 2020)
  • Order vacated and remanded
  • Healthy.com, Inc. v. Lifelabs LP (Trademark Trial and Appeal Board)
  • Adversary's motion denied
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Associations

  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Trademark Law & Practice Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Program Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Section Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Copyright Society of the USA
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member, Trademarks & Unfair Competition Committee
  • 2017 - 2020
  • International Trademark Association, Internet Committee
  • Member, IANA Transition and Accountability Subcommittee
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Federal Bar Association chapter (City)
  • SDNY Chapter
  • 2014 - 2015
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member, Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committee
  • 2009 - 2012
  • International Trademark Association
  • Member, Internet Committee; Online Trademark Use Subcommittee
  • 2005 - 2007
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member, Internet and Computer Law Committee
  • 2003 - 2006
  • International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition
  • Member, Internet Legislation Taskforce
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committee
  • 2000 - 2003
  • International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition
  • Task Force Head, Legislation Committee
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Federalist Society
  • Vice-Chairman, Religious LIberties Practice Group
  • 1998 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
  • Yiddish

Honors and Awards

  • WTR 1000, "World's Leading Trademark Professionals"
  • World Trademark Review
  • 2019
  • Top Attorney - Internet Law
  • SJ Magazine
  • 2018
  • Global Intellectual Property Leader
  • World IP Review
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer - Intellectual Property Litigation, New York City
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • WTR 1000, "World's Leading Trademark Professionals"
  • World Trademark Review
  • 2018
  • Mark T. Banner Award for Impact on IP Law
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • 2018
  • Global Intellectual Property Leader
  • World IP Review
  • 2017
  • WTR 1000, "World's Leading Trademark Professionals"
  • World Trademark Review
  • 2017
  • Top Attorney - Internet Law
  • South Jersey Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer - Intellectual Property Litigation, New York City
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Distinguished Leaders Award
  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer - Intellectual Property Litigation, New York City
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Attorney - Internet Law
  • South Jersey Magazine
  • 2016
  • The World's Leading Trademark Professionals (WTR 1000)
  • World Trademark Review
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer - Intellectual Property Litigation, New York City
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer - Intellectual Property Litigation, New York City
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer - Intellectual Property Litigation, New York City
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer - Intellectual Property Litigation, New York City
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Who's Who in America
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 2006
  • Rated "AV'
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1998
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Publications

  • Likelihood of Confusion blog
  • Weblog
  • 2020
  • National Law Journal IP Express
  • Contracting on the Internet
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Meeting
  • On the (Un)Constitutionality of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act
  • 2016
  • Halacha Conference of Agudath Israel
  • Jewish law issues in legal practice
  • 2007
  • Advanced Internet Strategies for the New Jersey Legal Professional
  • Legal research on the Internet for non-lawyers
  • 2006
  • Seminar on Advanced Trademark Law (ABCNY)
  • Advanced trademark law
  • 2005
  • Table Talk (Facilitator)
  • Issues in Trademark Dilution
  • 2004
  • Electronic Data Management and Discovery I ssues: Where is the Tipping Point? (Del. Bar Assoc.)
  • Electronic discovery
  • 2003
  • Annual Business Law Institute (NJSBA)
  • Managing Risks and Costs of Acquiring IT Solutions
  • 2003
  • Branding Strategies and Issues
  • IP issues in branding
  • 2002
  • Attacking Counterfeiting in the 21st Century (NYIPA)
  • Trademark counterfeiting
  • 2002
  • Annual Meeting (IACC)
  • Legislation / lobbying report to members
  • 2002
  • 2001 Wireless Conference (Conf. Bd.)
  • Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Where Wireless is Ubiquitous
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Coleman is an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who will fight for his clients all the way up to the Supreme Court. I have been exchanging opinions about intellectual property law with him for years and consider him a leader in the field. I would not hesitate to recommend him for litigation or other legal matters."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A top-notch litigation attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Coleman gets a strong endorsement. He's the best! He's tops in the field of intellectual property, and his blog, "Likelihood of Confusion" is widely read and respected."
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ron is an expert on trademark, copyright, trade secret, Internet and electronic commerce law; a zealous advocate and fierce litigator on behalf of his clients; an award-winning legal journalist/author; and an awesome blogger."
Business Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ron has a high rating on Avvo for good reason. He is simply "the" go-to lawyer for business, corporate and intellectual property issues."
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Newark Litigation Lawyer Ronald David Coleman
Ronald David Coleman
Litigation Attorney
Newark, NJ
Licensed for 35 years
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