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John A. Coleman

  • Mentor 2016
  • Alumni
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Strategic management, and labour relations

    John A. Coleman, BA LLB, BCL (McGill University), BA (University of Oxford), is a former Managing Partner of Canada at Norton Rose Fulbright, one of Canada’s leading national law firms. 

    As a senior legal and business executive, John Coleman has had extensive experience managing one of Canada's leading law firms during a period of significant growth and mergers that transformed the Canadian and global legal landscape. He also served as Quebec’s Agent- General based in London, UK from 2017 - 2019. 

    A Rhodes scholar, John Coleman practised employment and labour litigation primarily in the federally regulated sectors of transport and banking before serving as national managing partner at Norton Rose Fulbright and a member of Firm's Global Executive Committee. He is recognized as a forward-thinking leader who grew the firm from 400 lawyers to one of Canada's three largest law firms and one of the top 10 worldwide. In 2011, Canadian Lawyer Magazine named him one of the top 25 most influential lawyers in Canada. 

    Appreciated for his humanity and warmth, Coleman has been an active member of the community and has served on a number of philanthropic organizations and foundations. He was appointed a mentor of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation in 2016 and is a member of the Foundation’s Application and Nomination Review Committee, responsible for the selection of Scholars, Fellows, and Mentors. 

    Expertise: Corporate management and governance, strategic planning, change management, strategic partnerships, senior leadership and executive decision-making, employment and labour law, human rights law, classical languages, literature and history.