Coleman T. Lechner is of counsel and a litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice.
Prior to joining Foley, Coleman was senior counsel for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and vice president for Wyndham Worldwide Corporation where he directly handled and also managed outside counsel in hundreds of complex civil litigations and claims in a wide variety of fields affecting all aspects of the parent company and its hotel company business unit including U.S. and Canadian consumer class actions, labor and employment class actions, privacy class actions, trademarks, commercial, construction, bankruptcy, franchising, and tort litigation. He also directly managed and defended the company against federal and state government investigations and inquiries. His in-house experience included providing clients with counseling and litigation services, from initial negotiations through resolution, including mediation, arbitration, and trial. While with Wyndham Worldwide, Coleman spoke on panels regarding various litigation-based topics including franchising/vicarious liability (International Franchise Association Legal Symposium and Defense Research Institute Retail and Hospitality Seminar), attorney ethics (Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting), litigation management (ACC NJ Chapter), e-discovery (Bloomberg), and attorney-client privilege (ABA).
Previously, Coleman was an associate at a law firm in Denver which focused on energy and natural resources law. Coleman worked on complex civil litigation in the field of energy law including general corporate and commercial, contract, class action, employment, and environmental matters. He also worked on litigations that challenged state and local legislations affecting the oil and gas industry.
Formerly, Coleman was an associate at an international law firm in New York, where he worked on a wide range of complex litigation in a variety of fields including general corporate and commercial, telecommunications, intellectual property, contract, advertising, employment, environmental, securities, and bankruptcy matters. Coleman was involved in all phases of litigation which included drafting pleadings, discovery, expert reports, pre-trial briefs and motions, dispositive motions, and trial motions.
Coleman also served as a law clerk for United States Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox-Arleo (now U.S. District Judge) in New Jersey.
Coleman is admitted to practice law in the states of Colorado and New York. He is also admitted in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.