- J.D., magna cum laude Nova Southeastern University
Tonja Haddad Coleman received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. While attending Nova Southeastern, Ms. Coleman was the Articles Editor for the Nova Law Review. She also served on the Executive Boards for National Association of Public Interest Law and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and was the recipient of the Order of the Barrister Award. Ms. Coleman is now an Adjunct Professor of Law at her alma mater. Ms. Coleman also studied International Human Rights under United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Ms. Coleman began her legal career at a large firm, where she concentrated her practice on Labor and Employment Law, Contract Law, Construction Litigation, and Fraud Litigation. Thereafter, Ms. Coleman was employed as an Assistant Public Defender in Broward County. Finally, in 2003, Ms. Coleman and her partner opened their current firm, where Ms. Coleman concentrates her practice in both civil and criminal litigation and appeals. She is admitted to practice in Florida State Court, the Southern District of Florida, the Middle District of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit, and the District of Columbia.
Ms. Coleman represents a vast number of businesses, for whom she provides an immense range of educational, transactional, and litigation services, focusing primarily on Employment-related issues. Ms. Coleman also serves as an attorney for the International Union of Police Associations AFL-CIO representing police officer members.
Ms. Coleman is actively involved in the legal community. She is a Volunteer Voting Rights Attorney, an instructor for Teaching Justice, the past chair of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee Group 17H, past-president of the Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association, which won the National Foundation for Women’s Bar Association Public Service and Outstanding Member Program Award while she was President for its PACE Books and Breakfast program, and volunteer mentor for at-risk juveniles.
Ms. Coleman is also enthusiastically involved in her local community, as a team coach for the Special Olympics, a team leader for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a member of Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, from whom she received the “Fundraising Phenomenon” award, a Board Member of the St. Anthony Foundation for Education, a volunteer with PACE Center for Girls, a former Board Member of the Broward County Human Rights Board, and a volunteer and fundraiser for Forever Family.