John R. Coleman is a partner in Buckley LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. He represents banks, nonbank financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in supervisory and enforcement matters initiated by government regulators, as well as in private civil litigation and internal investigations. He also counsels clients on compliance with consumer protection laws and supervision preparedness.
Mr. Coleman joined the firm after 15 years of federal government service as a litigator and adviser to senior policymakers, most recently as Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Oversight at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He joined the CFPB soon after its creation in 2010 and was one of a core group of attorneys tasked with interpreting the authorities granted to the agency by the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010, and establishing the procedures by which the agency exercises those authorities. Mr. Coleman was the first person to appear in court on behalf of the CFPB, and was involved in every significant litigation matter in the agency’s history prior to his departure. As Deputy General Counsel, he managed the team of attorneys responsible for representing the Bureau in litigation, including appellate matters, and before congressional oversight bodies.
He served every director or acting director in the CFPB's history during his tenure at the CFPB, advising them and senior officials in the Division of Supervision, Enforcement, and Fair Lending on a range of complex legal and policy matters, including those arising in the course of examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions. He also advised the Director and senior officials in the Division of Research, Markets, and Regulations with respect to rulemakings, and represented the agency in all rulemaking challenges.
Prior to joining the CFPB, Mr. Coleman was a trial attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division, representing federal agencies and officials in high-profile civil litigation, including cases brought under the U.S. Constitution, the Administrative Procedure Act, and federal antidiscrimination laws.
Mr. Coleman received his J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the managing board of the Virginia Law Review, and his B.A. from Dartmouth College. Following law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable T.S. Ellis III, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
*Licensed in Virginia but not in the District of Columbia; practicing in the District of Columbia under the supervision of Benjamin Klubes.
The Reuters article, “CFPB vet joins Buckley in D.C.” covered the arrival of Buckley’s newest partner, former CFPB Deputy General Counsel John Coleman. He said he aims to represent clients looking to “stay out of the crosshairs of the CFPB” and companies that are responding to civil investor...In The News
John R. Coleman profiled in The National Law Journal article, “Buckley taps Consumer Financial Protection Bureau deputy general counsel”
John Coleman was profiled in The National Law Journal article, “Buckley taps Consumer Financial Protection Bureau deputy general counsel,” which covered his move from the CFPB to join Buckley. He noted, “Here at Buckley, I am now part of a team of people who bring world-class expertise and...In The News
In the Law360 article, “Former senior CFPB official joins Buckley in DC,” new Buckley Partner and former CFPB Deputy General Counsel John Coleman noted a couple themes that “jump out” regarding Acting CFPB Director Rohit Chopra. “One is that he's aggressive. Two is he's concerned with what I'd call...In The News
WASHINGTON, DC (Sept. 9, 2021) – Buckley LLP, a national law firm focused on financial services, white collar defense, and complex civil litigation, announced that John R. Coleman , former Deputy General Counsel of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has joined the firm as a partner. Coleman...Press Releases
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under the leadership of Rohit Chopra appears poised to pursue an aggressive enforcement posture and test the limits of its authority in pursuit of broad market change. But the headline-grabbing enforcement actions expected under Chopra, whom the Senate...Buckley Commentary & Analysis
- Complex Civil Litigation
- Congressional Investigations
- Consumer Finance
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Enforcement Actions & Investigations
- Fair Lending and Fair Servicing
- Federal Trade Commission
- Internal Investigations
- State Attorneys General
- Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices
- J.D., University of Virginia, 2005 (Order of the Coif)
- B.A., Dartmouth College, 1998
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
- Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Oversight, Legal Division, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Assistant General Counsel for Litigation, Legal Division, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Senior Litigation Counsel, Legal Division, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Civil Division
- Law Clerk, Hon, T.S. Ellis III, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia