ASSOCIATES PROFILE

Julia M. Coleman

Senior Associate

Julia Coleman has a wide range of experience handling litigation matters in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings.

As a senior associate at Mallon & McCool, LLC, Ms. Coleman has served as co-counsel in complex criminal matters in both state and federal courts. Ms. Coleman has served as lead trial counsel for civil tort actions and has also served as lead counsel in employment discrimination mediations before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in federal court. In addition to her court experience, Ms. Coleman has represented clients in grand jury investigations and internal investigations.

SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS

Appointed by a Federal Judge as co-counsel for indigent client charged with Conspiracy to Distribute One Kilogram or More of Phencyclidine, Possessing a Firearm During a Federal Drug Trafficking Offense, Armed Extortion, Armed Robbery, First Degree Burglary While Armed, Obstruction of Justice, Cruelty to Children, Unlawful Possession with the Intent to Distribute Phencyclidine and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm. Ms. Coleman served as lead counsel at oral argument on a motion to dismiss five of the six 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) charges against Mr. Brown, on the basis that the § 924(c) charges could not be based on a D.C. Code, and not federal, offense. After oral argument, the Court granted the motion to dismiss and concluded, in a matter of first impression for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, that Congress intended for § 924(c) to reach only federal, U.S. Code crimes. United States v. Dawayne Brown, et al., 58 F. Supp. 3d 115 (D.D.C 2014). In securing the dismissal of these charges, Ms. Coleman ensured that, if convicted, her client would no longer face a mandatory life sentence. On March 24, 2015, following a 12-week trial, a jury acquitted Mr. Brown on all charges, except a lesser burglary offense and Unlawful Possession with the Intent to Distribute Phencyclidine and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm.

Co-counsel for a defendant in the first trial of individuals indicted on multiple charges of conspiracy, felony rioting, and destruction of property following the January 2017 Inauguration of Donald J. Trump. Following a four-week trial, Ms. Coleman’s client, Oliver Harris, and all of Mr. Harris’s co-defendants, were acquitted of all charges. After the acquittals in Mr. Harris’s trial, and acquittals and mistrials in the following Inauguration trial, the government dismissed all charges against all 100+ remaining charged defendants. United States v. Oliver Harris, 2017 CF2 001254 (D.C. Super. Ct.).

Co-counsel for a former telephone company executive charged with defrauding the Federal Lifeline telephone program out of more than $32 million in United States v. Leonard I. Solt, 14-CR-2014 (M.D. Fla.). On the eve of what was expected to be an eight-week trial, the U.S. Department of Justice dismissed all charges against Mr. Solt.

Lead counsel for plaintiff in a personal injury action involving a multi-vehicle collision against three defendants and complex contributory negligence issues. After a two-day jury trial, the jury found that the plaintiff was not at fault for the collision and awarded a verdict for plaintiff of $15,825.20, over $9,000 more than plaintiff had sustained in medical costs and lost wages. Steven Anderson v. Moon Young Hong, et al., Case No. 24-C-13-006563 (Balt. City Cir. Ct.).

Lead counsel for plaintiff in a personal injury action, in which plaintiff had sustained over $9,070.80 in medical expenses. Following a bench trial, the Court awarded plaintiff a verdict of $19,070.80. Helen Blakney-Mills v. Robert Fritzges, Case No. 0804-0013766-2014 (Balt. Co. Cir. Ct.).

Co-counsel for Patton Boggs in a discrimination lawsuit brought by a former employee. Following extensive discovery, Plaintiff dismissed her case with prejudice, just prior to her scheduled deposition. She received no remuneration. Colombo v. Patton Boggs, LLP, et al., 2012 CA 00321B (D.C. Super. Ct.).

Co-counsel for officer and executive of a national healthcare provider at depositions pursuant to civil investigative demands issued by the U.S. Department of Justice in a multi-state False Claims Act investigation.

Co-counsel for NSA Station Chief for Korea who pled guilty to child abuse resulting in death in Montgomery County, Maryland. Prosecutor sought a 40-year term of imprisonment. Mr. O’Callaghan was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, and he will be eligible for release in four years. State of Maryland v. Brian O’Callaghan, Case No. 124572C (Mont. Co. Cir. Ct.).

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