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Alex Nicholas Coolman

Civil rights Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Alex

Learn Alex’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Civil rights
    California Public Records Act. Excessive Force and Wrongful Detention/Arrest. First Amendment Retaliation.

    8 years, 8 cases

  2. Appeals

    16 years, 75 cases

Alex Coolman is a San Diego attorney.  A graduate of UC Berkeley and UC Hastings College of the Law, he focuses on civil rights -- including cases of excessive force, wrongful arrest, and First Amendment issues -- and appellate litigation.

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Alex Nicholas Coolman
3268 Governor Dr. #390
San Diego, CA, 92122-2902

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Aaron | April 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney
Mr.Alex Coolman is the Best Attorney by far that I have dealt with in 27 yrs totalling and 6 Attorneys. He's very well versed with the current legal standards and with the ability and tactics to present those claims to the Courts. And he treated me with decency and respect for my view on the case. The Best reason to hire Mr.Coolman for his expertise is his dedication to your case and because MOST IMPORTANTLY he is a WINNER and that's what it boils down to, can he win. Yes he won for me check the record People v Cooper case# A161632
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Posted by Peter | April 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Patient and understanding
My case was very unfortunate. Alex was very patient and understanding and took all the time I need to explain to him everything that transpired in my case. He had great ideas and ability to put my ideas in a logical and effective manner on paper. He was always available to talk and responded back to my question in a timely manner. He spent quality time with me and my case and is a very trustworthy attorney. I have dealt with many attorneys in the past and he is by far the BEST!!!
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Posted by Corliss | April 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Alex is not only a wonderful attorney, but he's a wonderful and caring human being. Mr. Coolman has a heart of gold and is not money driven but one who is really concerned about his client and the clients well being. Mr. Coolman is one that seeks justice and truth and is a man of his word. From day one he was attentive and very observant and seeks to right.the wrong of his clients. I'm a hard cookie yet the professionalism that this attorney holds would surpass any attorney that I've come in contact with. He is and always will be my go to. There's something special about an attorney that loves his God given ability to serve and put his all into it. Thank you for your service
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Office of Alex Coolman
  • 2007 - Present


  • University of California, Hastings College of The Law
  • Doctor of Law (JD)
  • 2007
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A.
  • 1996
  • La Jolla High
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Satyadi v. West Contra Costa Healthcare Dist. (2014) 232 Cal.App.4th 1022
  • Amendments held retroactive, and suit was consequently able to proceed.
  • People v. Vinson (2011) 193 Cal.App.4th 1190
  • Section 666 held retroactive.
  • In re K.F. (2009) 173 Cal.App.4th 655
  • Restitution for "ambulance services" and state disability payments stricken where they were not supported by substantial evidence.


  • National Police Accountability Project
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • member
  • 2017 - Present
  • California Appellate Defense Counsel
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Publico Award
  • UC Hastings Public Interest Program
  • 2007


  • Daily Journal
  • "Shine a Light on Habeas Denials"
  • 2015
  • Cal App News
  • New Ethical Standards for Dependency Appeals? The Curious Case of In re P.C.
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Understanding and Leveraging this Groundbreaking Legislative Reform on Appeal
  • California Racial Justice Act Webinar
  • 2021
  • San Diego Chapter, Federal Bar Association
  • Virtual Brownbag with District Court Judge Robinson
  • 2021
  • Live Webinar with Zoe Littlepage
  • Mastering the Virtual Law World: Zoom Depositions, Hearings, Arbitrations & More
  • 2021
  • Courtroom View Network Webinar
  • Demonstratives Deep Dive With Lloyd Bell and Michael Geoffroy
  • 2021
  • California Appellate Defense Counsel Webinar (Presenter)
  • Adverse Consequences: How to Not Make Things Worse on Appeal
  • 2020
  • Training on Appellate Issue Preservation (Presenter)
  • "Making Your Best Record"
  • 2017
  • Training on Appellate Issue Preservation (Presenter)
  • "Making Your Best Record"
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Alex
Appeals Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alex is a good appellate lawyer and is active in our statewide organization--Cal.Appellate Defense Counsel"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Alex on several matters, all of which benefited immeasurably from his participation! Alex is one of the few trial attorneys who has significant appellate experience this early in his career, and it benefits all clients dealing with matters in the trial court, to have both an effective advocate at that stage, which Alex no doubt is, but also to have someone with the foresight to properly set up and frame appellate issues, which Alex no doubt, does."
Criminal defense