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George W. Coleman
Biography

George Coleman has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating complex business transactions and in negotiating complex partnership and LLC structures, including handling the acquisition and disposition of businesses, the financing of business activities, the creation of business entities, family succession planning and assisting committees of boards of directors. In addition, he is co-author of a treatise on Texas limited liability companies under the Texas Business Organizations Code.


George is also an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. At A&M he will be teaching, in conjunction with Professor Neal Newman, Aggie Transactional Boot Camp course in the spring of 2017.

Education

  • LL.B., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1963
  • B.S., Petroleum Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 1961
Noteworthy
  • Justinian Award, April, 2007, presented to a member of the Dallas Bar Association who is, or has been for a major portion of his professional life, a practicing attorney and who has made an outstanding contribution in volunteer services to the community of Dallas over a significant number of years.
  • The Martin I. Lubaroff Award, November 2007, presented each year by the American Bar Association Business Law Section, Partnership Committee, to the lawyer who has served on the Partnership Committee for a significant number of years and who has provided leadership and outstanding service to the profession in the field of the law of partnerships and unincorporated associations.
  • The Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award, June 2009, presented each year by the Texas Bar Foundation to an outstanding lawyer who exemplifies the qualities of an accomplished legal writer and researcher, a talented and dedicated practicing lawyer, a servant to the profession as a volunteer and advocate on its behalf, unreserved in his commitment to his clients, his practice of our profession, his dedication to the Bar and his service to the public.
Activities & Memberships
  • Adjunct Professor, Aggie Transactional Boot Camp, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Member of the American Bar Association, Member of the Business Law Section of the ABA and former chair of the Partnership and LLC Law Committee of the Business Law Section
  • Member of the State Bar of Texas, former Chair of Section of the Business Law; former Chair of the Partnership Law Committee and of the LLC Committee of the Business Law Section; Member of Texas Business Organizations Code committee of the Business Law Section
  • Member of the Dallas Bar Association; former President, Dallas Junior Bar Association; Co-Chair of Non-Profit Entity Study Group
  • Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Member of Vestry 2003-2005; Chair of the Mission / Outreach Committee 2006-2007; current member of other committees of the Church
  • Jubilee Park and Community Center, a 501(c) (3) formed to redevelop a 62 block area of south Dallas, former Secretary to the Board 2007 – 2009
  • Center for Nonprofit Management, Board of Directors 2004 – 2006; Member of Audit Committee, Governance Committee and Strategic Planning Committee
  • Dallas Museum of Art, former member of Audit Committee
  • TACA (Arts Funding Organization), former member of Board of Directors
  • Dallas Business Committee for the Arts – former member of the Board of Directors
  • Leadership Dallas, class of 1985
Publications
  • 2016: Supplemental Materials, release No. 10 to 2006 Edition, Texas Limited Liability Companies Under the Business Organizations Code, Forms and Practice Manual, published by Data Trace Publishing Company, December, 2016, co-authored by William P. Bowers, George W. Coleman, Patrick L. O’Daniel, and R. Barrett Richards.
  • 2015: Supplemental Materials, release No. 9 to 2006 Edition, Texas Limited Liability Companies Under the Business Organizations Code, Forms and Practice Manual, published by Data Trace Publishing Company, December, 2015, co-authored by William P. Bowers, George W. Coleman, Patrick L. O’Daniel, and R. Barrett Richards. 
  • 2014: Supplemental Materials, Release No. 8 to 2006 Edition Texas Limited Liability Companies Under the Business Organizations Code, Forms and Practice Manual, published by Data Trace Publishing Company, November, 2014, co-authored by William P. Bowers, George W. Coleman, Patrick L. O’Daniel, and R. Barrett Richards
  • 2013: Supplemental Materials, Release No. 7, to 2006 Edition Texas Limited Liability Companies Under the Business Organizations Code, Forms and Practice Manual, published by Data Trace Publishing Company, November 2013, co-authored by William P. Bowers, George W. Coleman, Patrick L. O’Daniel, and R. Barrett Richards.
  • 2012: Supplemental Materials, Release No. 6, to 2006 Edition Texas Limited Liability Companies Under the Business Organizations Code, Forms and Practice Manual, published by Data Trace Publishing Company, December, 2012, co-authored by William P. Bowers, George W. Coleman, and Patrick L. O’Daniel.
  • 2011: Supplemental Materials, Release No. 5, to 2006 Edition Texas Limited Liability Companies Under the Business Organizations Code, Forms and Practice Manual, published by Data Trace Publishing Company, December, 2011, co-authored by William P. Bowers, George W. Coleman, and Patrick L. O’Daniel.
  • 2010: Supplemental Materials, Release No. 4, to 2006 Edition Texas Limited Liability Companies Under the Business Organizations Code, Forms and Practice Manual, published by Data Trace Publishing Company, December, 2010, co-authored by William P. Bowers, George W. Coleman, and Patrick L. O’Daniel.
  • 2009: Supplemental Materials, Release No. 3, to 2006 Edition Texas Limited Liability Companies Under the Business Organizations Code, Forms and Practice Manual, published by Data Trace Publishing Company, December, 2009, co-authored by William P. Bowers, George W. Coleman, and Patrick L. O’Daniel.
  • 2008: Supplemental Materials, Release No. 2, to 2006 Edition Texas Limited Liability Companies Under the Business Organizations Code, Forms and Practice Manual, published by Data Trace Publishing Company, December, 2008, co-authored by William P. Bowers, George W. Coleman, and Patrick L. O’Daniel.
  • 2007: Supplemental Materials, Release No. 1, to 2006 Edition Texas Limited Liability Companies Under the Business Organizations Code, Forms and Practice Manual, published by Data Trace Publishing Company, December, 2007, co-authored by William P. Bowers, George W. Coleman, and Patrick L. O’Daniel.
  • “Texas Limited Liability Companies Under the Business Organizations Code,” Bowers, Coleman and O’Daniel, Data Trace Publishing Company (Published 2006).
  • “Texas Limited Liability Company, Forms and Practice Manual,” Bowers, Kinkaid and Coleman, Data Trace Publishing Company (2000-2006).
Presentations
  • 2016: “Back Office Ethics: Risk Management Wisdom to Keep the Law Firm Running,” co-authored and presented by George W. Coleman and A.J. Singleton to the 2016 LLC Institute, Sponsored by ABA Business Law Section, LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee, November 2016.
  • 2016: “Free Range Ethics: Where Seldom is Heard a Discouraging Word and the Skies are Not Cloudy All Day,” co-authored and presented by George W. Coleman and Claude E. Ducloux to “LLC, LP’s and Partnerships,” Program, The University of Texas School of Law, July 2016.
  • 2016: “Navigating Ethical Maelstroms When The Law Firm is Taking On Water,” Presented by George W. Coleman and A.J. Singleton to “LLC’s, LP’s and Partnerships,” The University of Texas School of Law, July 2016.
  • 2016: “Navigating Ethical Maelstroms When the Law Firm Ship is Going Down” co-authored and presented by George W. Coleman, Susan Saab Fortney, and A.J. Singleton to “In the Know,” Webcast, Sponsored by Business Law Section of American Bar Association, June 2016.
  • 2016: “Formation and Governance of LLCs in Texas, Including Key Provisions for LLC Company Agreements” co-authored and presented by George W. Coleman and Frank Z. Ruttenberg on State Bar of Texas, Webcast, June 2016
  • 2016: “Formation and Governance of LLCs in Texas, Including Key Provisions for LLC Company Agreements,” co-authored and presented by George W. Coleman and Frank Z. Ruttenberg to “Choice, Governance & Acquisition of Entities,” Program, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas May 2016.
  • 2016: “Free Range Ethics: The Fastest Chickens Don’t Get Fried,” co-authored and presented by George W. Coleman, W. Bennett Cullum, and Claude E. Ducloux to “Choice, Governance & Acquisition of Entities,” Program, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas May 2016.
  • 2015: “Navigating Ethical Maelstroms When The Law Firm Ship Is Going Down” co-authored and presented by George W. Coleman, Susan Saab Fortney, and A.J. Singleton to the 2015 LLC Institute, Sponsored by ABA Business Law Section, LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee, November 2015.
  • 2015: “2015 Legislative and Case Law Update: Amendments to BOC and the B&CC and A Review of LLC Cases,” presented to Bell Nunnally & Martin, LLP, Transaction Section Luncheon, October 2015.
  • 2015: “Recognizing Ethical Issues! Test Your Skills Against the Panel,” co-authored by George W. Coleman and Claude E. Ducloux, and presented by George W. Coleman and Claude E. Ducloux to “LLCs, LPs, and Partnership Program,” The University of Texas School of Law, July 2015.
  • 2015: “Compensation Strategies for the LLC”, presented by George W. Coleman to “Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas,” Program, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, May 2015.
  • 2015: “Ethics – Recognizing the Issues! Text Your Skills Against the Panel”,” co-authored and presented by George W. Coleman, W. Bennett Cullum, and Claude. E. Ducloux, to “Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas,” Program, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, May, 2015
  • 2014: “LLC State Law: Comparative Analysis and Draft Arounds,” co-authored by George W. Coleman, Elisa Erlenbach Maas, Thomas E. Rutledge, and Daria K. Boxer, and presented by George W. Coleman, Elisa Erlenbach Maas, Thomas E. Rutledge, and Daria K. Boxer, to American Bar Association Webinar, December 2014.
  • 2014: “LLC State Law: Comparative Analysis and Draft Arounds,” co-authored by George W. Coleman, Elisa Erlenbach Maas, Thomas E. Rutledge, and Daria K. Boxer, and presented by George W. Coleman, Elisa Erlenbach Maas, Thomas E. Rutledge, and Daria K. Boxer, to American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Spring Meeting, April, 2014.
  • 2014: “Ethical Issues Associated with Law Firm Acquisition, Preparations to Acquire, and Movement of Lawyers Thereafter,” co-authored by George W. Coleman, W. Bennett Cullum, and Claude E. Ducloux, and to be presented by George W. Coleman and W. Bennett to the Dallas Real Estate Discussion Group, November 2014.
  • 2014: “Ethical and Liability Issue,” co-authored and presented by George W. Coleman and Karen L. Hart to Bell Nunnally & Martin, LLP, Associate Training, October 21, 2014.
  • 2014: “The Evolution of Minority Ownership Remedies: After Richie, Cardiac Perfusion, and ARGO,” co-authored and presented by George W. Coleman and Edward W. Moore to Transactional Section, Bell Nunnally & Martin, LLP, September 2014.
  • 2014: “Ethical Issues Associated with Law Firm Acquisition, Preparations to Acquire and Movement of Lawyers Thereafter,” co- authored by George W. Coleman, W. Bennett Cullum, and Claude E. Ducloux, and presented by Goerge W. Coleman and Claude E. Ducloux to “LLCs, LPs and Partnership Program,” The University of Texas School of Law, July 2014.
  • 2014: “Ethical Issues Associated with Law Firm Acquisition, Preparations to Acquire and Movement of Lawyers Thereafter,” co- authored and presented by George W. Coleman, W. Bennett Cullum, and Claude E. Ducloux, to “Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas,” Program, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, May 2014.
  • 2014: “LLC State Law: Comparative and Draft Arounds,” co-authored by Daria Boxer, George W. Coleman, Elisa E. Maas, Thomas, and E. Rutledge,  presented to American Bar Association, Business Law Section Meeting, April 2014.
  • 2014: “LLC, Partnership and Shareholder Agreements – An Overview,” co-authored by George W. Coleman and Andrew Dowdy, presented to Bell Nunnally & Martin, LLP, Associate Training, February 2014.
  • 2013: “Drafting LLC Agreements,” presented to Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic, University of Texas School of Law, November 2013.
  • 2013: “LLC and Partnership Interests As Collateral,” co-authored by Trey DeLoach, Nikki Gibson, George Coleman, Nick Kuntz & Mary Irozuru, presented by Trey DeLoach and Nikki Gibson to “LLCs, LPs, and Partnerships Program,” The University of Texas School of Law, July 2013.
  • 2013: “Notes: Ethical Issues Viewed by Litigator & Transactional Lawyer,” co-authored by George W. Coleman and Claude E. Ducloux, presented to “Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas,” State Bar of Texas, May 2013.
  • 2012: ”Ethical Issues Representing Multiple Parties: Views from the Trenches – A Litigator and Transactional Lawyer Speak Up,” co-authored by George Coleman, Claude Ducloux and William D. Elliott, presented to “LLCs, LPs, and Partnerships Program,” The University of Texas School of Law, July 2012.
  • 2012: ”Governance, Indemnification, Fiduciary Duties and Voting: Strategic Considerations, Drafting Pitfalls and Best Practices,” co-authored by George Coleman and Allen Sparkman, presented to “LLCs, LPs, and Partnerships Program,” The University of Texas School of Law, July 2012.
  • 2012: “Ethical Issue – A Litigator’s View and Transactional Lawyer’s View of Multi-Party Representation,” co-authored by George W. Coleman, W. Bennett Cullum, and Claude E. Ducloux, presented to “Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas,” State Bar of Texas, May 2012.
  • 2011: ”Representing Multiple Parties: Staying Out of Trouble in LLC and Partnership Deals,” co-authored by George Coleman, Claude Ducloux and William D. Elliott, presented to “LLCs, LPs, and Partnerships Program,” The University of Texas School of Law, July 2011.
  • 2011: “Ethics & Liability Issues Arising from Representing Multiple Parties,” co-authored by George W. Coleman and W. Bennett Cullum, presented to “Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas,” State Bar of Texas, May 2011.
  • 2010: ”Navigating the Dangerous Waters of Multiple Party representation in LLC and Partnership Deals,” co-authored by George W. Coleman and William D. Elliott, presented to “LLCs, LPs, and Partnerships Program,” The University of Texas School of Law, July 2010.
  • 2010: “Fiduciary Duties Involving LLCs and Partnerships,” authored by George W. Coleman, presented to “LLCs, LPs, and Partnerships Program,” The University of Texas School of Law, July 2010.
  • 2010: “Financially Failing Non-Profits,” presented to Dallas Bar Association, Non-Profit Study Group.
  • 2009: “Ethics & Liability Issues Arising From Representing Multiple Parties”, co-presentation with William D. Elliott, Web cast for State Bar of Texas, Continuing Legal Education.
  • 2009: “Financially Failing Non-Profits,” presented to North Texas Music Group.
  • 2009: “Pick Your Poison:  Receiverships, Winding Up and Bankruptcy,” presented to The University of Texas School of Law Program on Partnerships and LLCs.
  • 2009: “Drafting LLC Documents Under The Business Organizations Code,” presented to Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP.
  • 2009: “Winding Up and State Receivership,” presented to the State Bar of Texas Conference on Texas Business Organizations: Choice of Entity and Formation.
  • 2008: “Leaving the Firm, Planning for a Smooth Exit,” Web cast for State Bar of Texas, Law Practice Management Program, December 10, 2008.
  • 2008: “Drafting LLC Documents Under The Business Organizations Code,” presented to Annual Advanced Drafting Estate Planning & Probate Course.
  • 2008: “Drafting Entity Documents Under The Business Organizations Code,” presented to the State Bar of Texas, Advanced Business Law Program.
  • 2008: “Drafting Service LLC Agreements,” co-authored by George W. Coleman and William D. Elliott, presented by George W. Coleman to the University Of Texas School of Law, 2008 Partnerships, Limited Partnerships and LLCs.
  • 2008: “Winding Up Business Entities, Key Issues” presented to the State Bar of Texas Conference on Texas Business Organizations: Choice of Entity and Formation.
  • 2008: “Nonprofit Corporations Under the Business Organization Code,” presented to the Dallas Bar Association Nonprofits Law Study Group, January 2008.
  • 2007: “Liability of Officers and Directors of Non-Profits,” presented to Dallas Bar Association program on Non-Profits.
  • 2007: Panel Discussion “A Walk Through the Key Agreements: LLCs, LLPs, GPs and Operating Agreements,” presented to University of Texas School of Law program on Current Issues Affecting Partnership and LLCs.
  • 2007: National Association of Corporate Directors, presentation panel on the “Role in the corporation of the modern general counsel.”
  • 2007: “Winding Up Business Entities,” Key Issues presented to the State Bar of Texas Conference on Texas Business Organizations: Choice of Entity and Formation.
  • 2006: “Learning Through Simulations: a Transactional Attorney Workshop,” presented to ALI-ABA NALP Professional Development Institute 2006.
  • 2006: “Business Organizations Code: Overview, Update and Advanced Problems,” co-authored by Professor Elizabeth Miller, George W. Coleman and Daryl B. Robertson, presented October 26, 2006, Texas Bar CLE, 4th Annual Advanced Business Law Course.
  • 2006: “Choice of State of Formation – Texas v. Delaware,” prepared and presented by George Coleman and John Small, University of Texas School of Law, Current Issues Affecting Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies.
  • 2006: “Winding Up Business Entities - Key Issues,” presented to State Bar of Texas Conference on Texas Business Organizations:  Choice of Entity and Formation.
  • 2006: “A Brave New World – The Texas Business Organizations Code,” presented to the ABA 2006 Business Bar Leaders Conference.
  • 2006: “Records Management Policies and Programs – A Product,” presented to Jenkens & Gilchrist Paralegals Program.
  • 2006: “Corporate Governance Director Election – The Majority Voting Proposals,” presented to University of Texas at Dallas School of Management – Corporate Governance and Accounting Course.
  • 2006: “Business Organizations Code,” presented to Corporate Section Jenkens & Gilchrist.
  • 2006: “Changes Wrought by the Texas Business Organizations Code,” presented to University of Houston Law Center CLE Program, “Advising Small and Emerging Businesses.”
  • 2006: “Winding Up and Terminating Texas Entities: Key Issues and Check Lists,” presented to University of Texas School of Law, 28th Annual Conference on Securities Regulation and Business Law.
  • 2006: “Introduction to Texas Business Organizations Code,” presented to Jenkens & Gilchrist Financial Institutions Section.
  • 2006: “Business Organizations Code Limited Liability Companies,” presented to University of Texas School of Law Conference on The New Business Organizations Code.
  • 2006: “Introduction to Texas Business Organizations Code,” presented to Jenkens & Gilchrist Financial Services Section.