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Terrence J. Coleman - San Francisco, CA

100 Green Street San Francisco, CA 94111

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Updated: 06/11/2019

San Francisco Insurance Law Lawyer


TERRY COLEMAN has been a partner with Pillsbury & Coleman, LLP (formerly, Pillsbury & Levinson), since 1999, specializing in the representation of policyholders in insurance bad faith and insurance coverage matters. Past clients include individuals as well as small businesses and large corporations. In 2002, Mr. Coleman tried the disability bad faith case of Randall Chapman, M.D. v. UnumProvident Corp., obtaining a $31.7 million jury verdict for a disabled eye surgeon...

About Terrence J. Coleman

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Law
  • Disability Claims


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Current Employment Position(s)

  • Attorney


Other Affiliations

  • The State Bar of California
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (Fellow)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, now American Association for Justice, Insurance Litigation Section (Past Chair)
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2014 - Present (President)


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California, 1994
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Law Review: University of San Francisco Law Review, 1992 - 1994
  • University of California at Berkeley, 1991

Past Positions

  • Pillsbury, Levinson & Mills, LLP, Associate, 1996 - 1999
  • Cartwright, Bokelman, Moore, Harris, Alexander & Gruen, Inc., Associate, 1994 - 1996
  • The Hon. Ming W. Chin California Court Of Appeal, Judicial Extern, 1993 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • President, St. Thomas More Society, 2008

Classes and Seminars

  • “Bad Faith Litigation”, American Conference Institute, Philadelphia, PA, March 2014
  • “Policy Limit Demands”, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, New Lawyers Division Ski Seminar, January 2014
  • “Insurers on the Attack,” American Association for Justice, Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, July 2013
  • “Auto Claims: Maximizing Recoveries and Protecting the Subsequent Bad Faith Case”, moderator, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, February 2009
  • “Insurance Bad Faith Litigation & HMO Liability”, moderator, Regional TLA Conference, Squaw Creek Resort, June 2009
  • VoiceAmerica live radio show, “Meeting By Accident,” discussing insurance company claims denials and tactics, September 18, 2007
  • “Disability Insurance Claims: Navigating the Waters of ERISA and Bad Faith”, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, July 2005
  • "The Year in Review — Developments in Civil Litigation", Continuing Education of the Bar, January 2002, January 2003, January 2004
  • Challenges in California Insurance Coverage Litigation, San Francisco, CA, March 31, 2004
  • "Fundamentals of Insurance Litigation", Continuing Education of the Bar, April 2001
  • "ERISA Preemption: A Relic of the Past?", Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual Convention, July, 2000
  • "Recent Developments in Punitive Damages", Consumer Attorneys of California Winter Convention, April, 2000


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Included on the 2023 Northern California list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Northern California Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Terrence J. Coleman on Super Lawyers


  • “Super Lawyer”, 2006 through 2014
  • President’s Award, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, January 15, 2004
  • Finalist, Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, March 2003
  • Distinguished Service Award, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, October 5, 2001

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Office Information


100 Green Street San Francisco, CA 94111


  • 415-433-4816

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  • Author, “Protecting the Subsequent Insurance Bad Faith Action”, The Trial Lawyer, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Fall 2011
  • Author, “Big Insurers, Dirty Tricks: ‘That’s not my signature’”, Trial, Journal of the American Association for Justice, July 2007
  • Author, “Legal Rights Voting Team”, The Trial Lawyer, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Spring 2005
  • Author, “Perfecting Your Disability Bad Faith Claim: Tips From the Trenches”, Forum, Consumer Attorneys of California, June 2004, Vol. 34, No. 5
  • Author, “Back to the Basics: Reexamining Compensatory Damages in Light of Campbell”, The Trial Lawyer, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Spring 2004
  • Author, “Using Corporate Documents and Depositions to Prove Bad Faith,” Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2003 Convention
  • Co-Author: "Overcoming the 'Genuine-Issue' Rule in Bad-Faith Cases, Trial Magazine, March 2002, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Co-Author: "Using the 'Treating Physician Rule' in Disability Bad Faith Cases, Forum Magazine, December 2001, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Co-Author: “Homeowner and Consumer Insurance: Landslides, Fires and Natural Disasters,” Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1995 convention
  • Author: “Bily v. Arthur Young & Co.: An Inequitable Approach to Defining Accountant Liability to Third Parties,” 28 USF Law Review 239

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