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I am the managing partner of Coleman & Horowitt, LLP, LLP, a litigation and transactions firm with offices in Los Angeles and Fresno, California, and am a trial attorney and mediator/arbitrator in the firm's litigation department.  I have conducted all phases of litigtion in the areas of complex litigation, banking, real estate, commercial, and construction litigation.  In this capacity, I have served as lead counsel in numerous trials (both court and jury trials) as well as arbitrations and mediations.  I also represent clients in alternative dispute resolution as well as serve as a neutral in arbitrations, mediations and early neutral evaluations, both privately and on behalf of organizations such as FINRA, the Superior Courts of Fresno and Madera Counties, and the Disptue Resolution Center of the Central California Better Business Bureau.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 45%
    35 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 15%
    7 years
  3. Real Estate: 15%
    35 years
  4. Construction: 15%
  5. Mediation: 10%
    22 years



Hourly ($275-390/hour), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Coleman & Horowitt LLP

499 W. Shaw Ave.
Suite 116
Fresno, CA, 94704

Coleman & Horowitt, LLP

1880 Century Park East
Ste. 404
Los Angeles, CA, 90067-1617



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Northern California Super LawyersThompson Reuters2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Northern California Super LawyerThompson Reuters2016
Fellow: Trial Lawyer Honorary SocietyLitigation Counsel of America2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Premier 100 Trial LawyerAmerican Academy of Trial Lawyers2015
Northern California Super LawyerThompson Reuters2015
Top 100 Northern California Super LawyerThompson Reuters2015
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Northern California Super LawyerThompson Reuters2014
Northern California Super LawyerThompson Reuters2013
Top 100 Litigators in CaliforniaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
Northern California Super LawyerThompson Reuters2012
Norther California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Northern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Northern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Northern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Pro Bono Service Award (District 5),President1993
Commendation for Delivery of Pro Bono ServicesOrange County Bar Association1985
Commendation for Delivery of Pro Bono ServicesOrange County Bar Association1985
Commendation for Delivery of Pro Bono ServicesOrange County Bar Association1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerColeman & Horowitt LLP1994 - Present
PartnerLerrigo, Nibler, Berryman, Coleman & Bennett1991 - 1994
AssociateLerrigo, Nibler, Berryman, Coleman & Bennett1989 - 1990
OwnerLaw Offices of Darryl J. Horowitt1987 - 1989
PartnerBarthrop & Horowitt1987 - 1987
PartnerHall, Vance & Horowitt1985 - 1986
PartnerLacorazza, Horowitt & Cristin1984 - 1985
PartnerLacorazza & Horowitt1983 - 1984
AssociateDavis & Sawyer1981 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Creditors Bar AssociationTreasurer2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Fresno County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaN/AN/A
Association of Business Trial LawyersPresident - SJV Chapter2008 - 2009
Construction Law SectionChairman2005 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Western Canada Water Securities LitigationFavorable settlement prior to class certification
Cruz v. Ionics CorporationSettlement
ALRB v. United Farm WorkersFinding for client
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Publication nameTitleDate
Paradigm International MagazineA Primer on Electronic Discovery2016
Coleman & Horowitt, LLP Client MemoCourt Determines Sanitary District Can Use Own Employees2016
Coleman & Horowitt, LLP Client MemoCourt Clarifies Requirements for 20 Day Preliminary Notice2016
Coleman & Horowitt, LLP Client MemoUnderstanding Litigation2015
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Forum Magazinenumerous articles and has served as a panelistN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
California State UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Primerus Business Law SymposiumGetting the Most from Your Outside Counsel2015
ABTL Annual SeminarMediating the Complex Dispute2015
Primerus Business Law SymposiumHandling the Bet Your Company Case2014
ABTL ANnual SeminarStorytelling2013
SeminarCollection of Delinquent Debts in California2002
SeminarCalifornia Mechanic’s Lien Law Remedies2002
MeetingAlternative Dispute Resolution2002
MeetingCalifornia Mechanic’s Lien Law1998
MeetingSexual Harrassment: Developing a Policy, Identifying, Investigating, and Eliminating Sexual Harrassment1996
MeetingCERCLA and You: The Impact of Environmental Laws on the General Contractor1993