Thomas F. Coleman

Legal Assistant: Tracy Hollom

Paralegal: Audrey Nash


J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, cum laude, , 1984

B.A., College of St. Thomas, cum laude, Omicron Delta Epsilon, 1980

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1984

U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1985



Tom has spent more than 30 years focusing his practice primarily in the area of workers’ compensation. He has extensive experience representing employers, insurers, self-insureds and TPAs. Prior to becoming a defense attorney Tom represented employees, which gives him a perspective and insight into both sides of workers’ compensation disputes.


Tom has represented clients in all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation including case evaluation, advice and strategic recommendations, settlement negotiations, as well as aggressive litigation through all phases of appeal up to the Supreme Court.


Tom excels in evaluating the cost effectiveness of various strategies in order to best serve the interests of his client and to ensure the best possible outcome within his client’s objectives and expectations.

Professional Activities

Speaker/Panelist, Opiate Crisis in Workers’ Compensation, ABA/TIPS Seminar, 2018

Speaker, Creative Settlements, National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network Fall Conference, 2014

Speaker, Affinity Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Law, Panel Discussion, 2013

Speaker, Defending Workers’ Compensation Claims, Minnesota Trucking Association Law Conference, 2012

Speaker, Case Law, Legislative Update, and Fundamentals of Workers’ Compensation, Sterling Education Services, 2009

Adjunct Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law, 1995-2015

Adjunct Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law, 2005

Frequent lecturer at client seminars


Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2006-present

AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell


National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network, State of Minnesota Representative

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association


Author, Fundamentals of Workers’ Compensation in Minnesota, William Mitchell Law Review, Volume 41, Issue 4, 2015

Author, Settlements–Judging Case Value, Documenting the Agreement, 23rd Annual Workers’ Compensation Institute, 2008

Co-Author, Permanent Partial Disability, The Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Deskbook, 4th Edition, 2007

Co-Author, Workers’ Compensation Methods of Practice, West Publishing, 2006-2007

Author, Workers’ Compensation Case Law Update, Lorman Educational Services CLE Seminar, 2002

Author, Return to Work and Light-Duty Liability Issues, Lorman Educational Services CLE Seminar, 2002

Author, Attorney Fees in Workers’ Compensation Cases, Lorman Educational Services CLE, 2001

Author, 1995 Changes to Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act, MDLA Magazine

Co-Author, Attorney’s Fees in Workers’ Compensation Cases Prior to 1995, 16th Annual Workers’ Compensation Institute, 1995

Author, Workers’ Compensation in Minnesota, Lorman Educational Services CLE, 1995

Minnesota State Bar Association