Jonathan S. Coleman

PRACTICE AREAS
Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, Arbitration and Class Action

EXPERIENCE
Jonathan has been representing individual and class claimants in complex financial disputes since 1988 and has been an attorney at Johnson Pope since 1997. He has litigated in a variety of state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level, and has experience in various arbitration fora, including the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA).

Jonathan, who holds U.S. and E.E.C. citizenship, received his B.A. in French with cum laude honors following study in Paris at the Institut d’Etudes Européennes and the Université de Paris-IV (Sorbonne). He has served as an instructor in the departments of French Language and European History at the University of North Carolina. In addition to practicing law, he is an adjunct faculty member (2007– ) in Securities Law at St. Petersburg College.

DISTINCTIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

  • U.S. District Court, N. Dist. Florida – 8/22/13
  • U.S. District Court, S. Dist. Florida – 4/30/2012
  • Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit – 9/8/2012
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals – 3/8/2011
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin – 10/11/2011
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals – 10/27/2006
  • Court of Federal Claims – 2/13/2006
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit – 11/2/2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit – 6/29/1999
  • United States Supreme Court – 7/17/1998
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado – 10/6/1997
  • English Speaking Union of Sarasota, Florida; Director, 1990-1992
  • Sarasota County, Young Lawyers Division; President-Elect, 1991-1992; Director, 1990-1991; Distinguished Service Award, 1991; Chairman, Law Related Education Committee, 1991
  • Florida Bar – 4/20/1989
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida – 10/26/1989
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association Member
  • American Bar Association Member

EDUCATION

  • Institut d’Etudes Européennes, France
  • University of Richmond, B.A., with high honors – 1982
  • University of Florida, J.D., with honors – 1988
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.A., with honors – 1992
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D. – 1995

WHEN HE’S NOT WORKING HARD FOR CLIENTS
Jonathan is out sailing, playing tennis, or supporting the performing arts.  He is a Trustee of the Sarasota Opera (2013– ), the Sarasota Ballet (2015– ), an alumnus of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Reported Cases

  • State Board of Administration v. Burns et al., 70 So.3d 678 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011)
  • In re Neurontin Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, 2010 WL 5037005 (MDL 2010)
  • Jones v. Harris Associates L.P., __ S.Ct. __, 2010 WL 1189560 (2010)
  • In re Federated Mut. Funds Excessive Fee Litigation, 2009 WL 5821045 (W.D. Pa. 2009)
  • Gallus v. Ameriprise Financial, Inc., 561 F.3d 816 (8th Cir. 2009)
  • Vance v. Gallagher, 280 Fed.Appx. 533 (7th Cir. 2008)
  • Dumond v. Massachusetts Financial Services Co., 2007 WL 602589 (D. Mass. 2007)
  • Sins v. Janus Capital Management, LLC, 2006 WL 3746130 (D. Colo. 2006)
  • Hunt v. Invesco Funds Group, Inc., 2006 WL 1751900 (S.D. Tex. 2006)
  • Brever v. Federated Equity Management Co. of Pa., 233 F.R.D 429, Sec. L. Rep P 93,591 (W.D. Pa. 2005)
  • Brever v. Federated Equity Management Co., 233 F.R.D. 429 (W.D. Pa. 2005)
  • Kelly v. Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough LLP, 2003 WL 25778702 (M.D. Fla. 2003)
  • Becherer v. Burt, 2003 WL 24260305 (S.D. Ill. 2003)
  • Olde Discount Corp. v. Platt, 722 So.2d 926 (Fla. 2d DCA 1998)
  • Twigg v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 153 F. 3d 1222 (11th Cir. 1998)
  • Story v. Culverhouse, 727 So.2d 1128 (Fla. 2d DCA 1999)
  • Phymatrix Mgt. Co., Inc. v. Bakarania, 737 So.2d 588 (Fla. 1st DCA 1999)
  • Pepperidge Farm, Inc. v. Department of Revenue, 847 So.2d 575 (Fla. 2d DCA 2003)
  • Hauschildt v. Beckingham, et al., 668 N.W.2d 916 (Minn. App. 2003).
  • Housing Authority of City of Tampa v. Burton, 873 So.2d 356 (Fla. 2d DCA 2004)
  • Yusefzadeh v. Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, LLP, 365 F.3d 1244 (11th Cir. 2004)

Community

  • Co-producer, Sarasota Ballet, 2013 – 2014
  • Board of Directors, Sarasota Opera, 2012 – present
  • Co-producer, Sarasota Opera, 2005 – present
  • Member, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 2007 – present
  • Adjunct faculty in Securities Law, St. Petersburg College, 1997 – present
  • Instructor, Departments of Romance Languages and History, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1993 – 1995

Publications

  • “The Political Supreme Court,” Friendly Passages (a St. Lucie County Bar publication), May/June 2013.
  • “Using the ‘Party Arbitrator’ System to your Client’s Best Advantage.” 16/3 Wall Street Lawyer (March 2012)
  • “Applying Florida’s Reasonable Certainty Test to Lost Profit Damage Claims.” Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 83/5 (May 2009)
  • “Equity Indexed Annuities: ‘Securities,’ or Exempt Insurance Products Under the Federal Securities Laws?” Securities Regulation Law Journal, Vol. 34/2 (Summer 2006)
  • “Understanding and Applying Florida’s Flexibility Theory of Damages.” Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 80/5 (May 2006)
  • “Judicial Activism, Gartenberg, and Fiduciary Duty Under the Investment Company Act of 1940.” Securties Regulation Law Journal Vol. 33/3 (Fall 2005).
  • “Congressional Protectionism and the Securities Industry.” Securities Regulation Law Journal Vol. 32/4 (Winter 2004).
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