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John A. Coleman

  • Mentor 2016
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Strategic management, and labour relations
Norton Rose Fulbright

John A. Coleman, BA LLB, BCL (McGill University), BA (University of Oxford), is a senior partner and advisor at Norton Rose Fulbright in Montréal and London areas. As a senior legal and business executive, 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.

A Rhodes scholar, 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.

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.