Biography

​● Born 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Louisiana natives.  


● Education:


Cupertino High School, Cupertino, CA (now home of Apple Computer), 1970


West Valley Junior College, Saratoga, CA, AA degree (music), 1972


Attended Royal Conservatory of Music, Madrid, Spain, 1972-1973


Tulane University, B.A. (political science), 1976


Tulane Law School, J.D., 1979


Admitted to practice:

Louisiana State Bar Association

United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Court of Appeal, 5th Circuit

United States Court of Appeal, 11th Circuit

United States Supreme Court


● Experience:


estates (successions)
trusts

​land use

zoning

property disputes

homeowner associations

medical law (representing Charity Hospital, LSU Medical Center, physicians, residents, the Louisiana Patient's Compensation Fund as well as patients alleged to have been injured by health care providers)

legislation

investigation of government corruption

business law, including corporations, LLC's, conversions of one form of business to another, sole proprietorships, licensing, intellectual property


Both trial court practice in many different parishes and the U.S. District Court, as well as appellate practice, having appeared in the Louisiana First, Third, Fourth and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, and several writ applications to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Also:


Professional musician and published author of fiction and non fiction


● Languages:  Fluent Spanish, conversational French; elementary knowledge of Italian, Portuguese & German.  Studied Latin, Arabic and Farsi.

Background


With over 38 years of intense legal experience, L. Kevin Coleman has guided clients through difficult cases, both personal, inter-family, and commercial.  Many of these were litigated, but first and foremost he tries to keep his clients out of lengthy and expensive litigation wherever possible.  He has been involved in numerous substantial estates involving will contests, estate representative contests, contests between heirs and legatees, contests between estates and creditors, contested trusts and related matters. 

He has also many times represented clients against local power elites, "speaking truth to power," because he has never compromised himself by taking the money or kissing the ring.  

But he has also helped many people with modest assets to protect them and to avoid future troubles.  He has created lifetime and after life protection packages for unmarried life partners, something essential for such couples to have in order to avoid the almost inevitable challenges from relatives when the worst happens - the incapacity or death of one of the partners.