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William Coleman Jr.

Senior Partner and The Senior Counselor

William T. Coleman, Jr. is a senior partner and the senior counselor in O’Melveny’s Washington, DC office.  He joined the Firm in 1977, after serving as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the Ford Administration.  Prior thereto, he had been an active practitioner in a Philadelphia law firm, and before that at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City.  Bill has extensive experience in litigation matters in the corporate, antitrust, natural gas, hedge funds, and constitutional law fields; foreign trade and other international matters; and the handling of corporate acquisitions and divestitures.  He is also engaged in public activities on a part-time basis.

Professional Activities

Law Clerk, Honorable Herbert F. Goodrich, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; Honorable Felix Frankfurter, U.S. Supreme Court
Member, Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission and Council on Foreign Relations
Former Member, Board of Overseers of Harvard University; Boards of Directors of: AMAX, Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A., Chase Manhattan Corporation, CIGNA Corporation, IBM Corporation, Pan American World Airways, Penn Mutual Insurance, PepsiCo., Inc., Philadelphia Electric Company, and New American Holdings (now Washington Mutual Bank)
Author, "Corporate Dividends and Conflict of Law," 63 Harvard Law Review, 1950; "Effect of the Presence of a State Law Question on the Exercise of Federal Jurisdiction," 5 National Bar Journal, 1947; "Pennsylvania Marital Communities and Common Law Neighbors," 96 U. of Pa. L. Rev., 1947; "Mr. Justice Felix Frankfurter, Civil Libertarian as Lawyer and as Justice: Extent to Which Judicial Responsibilities Affected His Pre-Court Convictions," University of Illinois Law Forum, Volume 1978, No. 2; "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 Regulation of Foreign Business Practices: A Reassessment," Financial Executive, September 1980; "The Supreme Court of the United States: Managing Its Caseload to Achieve Its Constitutional Purposes," LII Fordham L. Rev., 1983; "A Free Press: The Need to Ensure An Unfettered Check on Democratic Government Between Elections, 59 Tulane Law Review 243, 1984; "A Tribute to Justice Thurgood Marshall," 105 Harv. L. Rev. 42, 1991; "Mr. Justice Thurgood Marshall: A Substantial Architect of the United States Constitution for Our Times," 101 Yale J.J. 7, 1991; "In Tribute: Charles Hamilton Houston," 111 Harv. L. Rev. 2155, 1998; "A Friend's Portrait of Henry W. Sawyer, Jr.," III, 148 U.J.P.L. Rev. 7, 1999
Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation during the Ford Administration
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; American Academy of Appellate Lawyers; American Philosophical Society 
Council, American Law Institute
Board of Trustees, Carnegie Institution of Washington; Brookings Institution; Philadelphia Museum of Art (Vice President); New York City Ballet, Inc.; Board of Directors of the National Symphony Orchestra; Trustee Council, National Gallery of Art
Advisory Director, Metropolitan Opera
Officer, the French Legion of Honor; Presidential Medal of Freedom

Harvard University, LL.B., 1943:  magna cum laude (Fay Diploma); Editor, Harvard Law Review

University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1941:  summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Gamma Mu; Order of Coif; The American Academy of Arts and Science; The American Philosophical Society (Established by Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson)

District of Columbia; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania