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. She counsels and advices clients on estate planning, corporate law, employment law and real estate. With two decades 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 major corporations. 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 managed a myriad of domestic and international issues and disputes in the United States Paris, France and the United Kingdom, including marketing, advertising, consumer markets, corporate real estate, and security. 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 a strong commitment to the community, demonstrated by her history of community service and aid to the underserved. As a law school student, she drafted and successfully argued a prisoner’s civil rights case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She also represented clients the Loyola University Community Law Center. Since law school, she has spearheaded and chaired committees for professional organizations such as the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO). To that end, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors for several non-profit entities. Currently, she serves as a Faculty Advisor for The John Marshall Law School’s Business Enterprise Law Clinic and a mentor at her alum, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.
Ms. Coleman has received many honors and accolades as a result of her contributions to diversity and the professional development of others in the legal profession, such as Health Care Service Corporation’s President’s Diversity Award and the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago’s President’s Award.
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, Business Networking International and a 2010 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago.
- “Basic Estate Planning,” Orland Park Public Library, Orland Park, IL
- “Employment Laws,” Orland Park Chamber of Commerce, Orland Park, IL
- “Laws Affecting Employees,” Moraine Valley Community College, Tinley Park, IL
- “Hiring Employees,” Moraine Valley Community College, Tinley Park, IL
- “The Basics of Estate Planning,” Moraine Community College, Tinley Park, IL
- “Creating Generational Wealth,” Tinley Park Library, Tinley Park, IL
- “The Basics of Estate Planning,” Republic Bank, Orland Park, IL
- “The Business Case for Diversity” (Panelist), DuPage County Bar Association, Wheaton, IL
- “Serving on Corporate Boards” (Panelist), Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, IL
- “How to Succeed as an Attorney,” CLEO Career Fair, Chicago, IL
- “The Gift of Guidance, The Power of Success,” BWLA Spring Mentoring Dinner, Chicago, IL
- “My Career as an Attorney,” Gage Park High School, Chicago, IL
- “Strategies for Defending Non-participating Provider Lawsuits,” 42nd Annual Lawyers’ Conference, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), Phoenix, AZ,
- “How to Thrive as In-House Counsel,” Asian Pacific American Law Students, Chicago, IL,
- “The Law as a Career,” BWLA, Richard J. Daley Center, Chicago, IL
- “Diversity in the Legal Profession,” Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Ms. Coleman helped me with estate planning for my grandmother following her stroke, and Ms. Coleman provided excellent service by assisting me with updating my grandmother’s will. She is extremely kind, knowledgeable, and thorough, always asking questions I hadn’t considered. She is an excellent attorney and I would definitely recommend her to others in the future.
Ms. Coleman was a god send at a time when I needed help while I was at a low point in my life after my wife died. With her help I was able to function at my very demanding job without the additional worries of letting family members and their legal counsel know where I stood on issues of concern. I appreciated everything that Ms. Coleman has done for me. I sincerely believe Ms. Coleman was the best representation that was available for my issues and I would not hesitate to use her again or refer her to a close friend. Thank You Ms. Coleman.
Sonia listened to my needs, informed me of any additional matters I might consider, kept my costs low and still gave me a very professional service that completely filled my needs. I recommend her highly.