James H. Coleman, Jr.

Coleman, Jr., James

Of Counsel Morristown, NJ

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James H. Coleman, Jr. is Of Counsel to Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. He joined Porzio, Bromberg & Newman following a long judicial career. He focuses his practice on advising attorneys and clients on appellate strategy and on acting as a mediator or arbitrator of complex, private and public disputes.

Prior Relevant Experience
  • New Jersey Supreme Court, Associate Justice, 1994–2003
  • New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, Presiding Judge, 1987–1994
  • Justice Pro Tempore New Jersey Supreme Court, 134 N.J. 569 (1993); 121 N.J. (1991); 115 N.J. 491 (1989)
  • New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, Judge, 1981–1987
  • New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division, Judge, 1978–1980
  • Special Three-Judge Resentencing Panel, 1979–1981
  • Union County Court, Judge, 1973–1978
  • New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Court, Judge, 1964–1973
Post Judicial Education
  • 1971 at Colby College, Waterville, Maine
  • 1973 National Judicial College University of Nevada at Reno
  • 1974 National Judicial College, Post Graduate, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 1975 National Judicial College, Princeton University
  • 1977 American Academy of Judicial Education, Harvard University School of Law
  • 1979 National Judicial College University of Nevada at Reno
  • 1981 Writing Seminar for Appellate Judges, American Academy of Judicial Education, Durango, Col.
  • 1984 Seminar for Appellate Judges, American Academy of Judicial Education, Charleston, S.C.
  • 1985 Seminar for Appellate Judges, American Academy of Judicial Education, Savannah, Georgia
  • Summer of 1988 Comparative Study of English and American Jurisprudence, Wadham College, Oxford University
Honors and Awards

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  • Lifetime Achievement Award, New Jersey Law Journal, 2016
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America as the Newark Best Lawyers Arbitration Lawyer of the Year 2015; Recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice, Arbitration and Mediation, 2011 - 2022.
    A description of the selection process can be found here.


  • Chair, New Jersey Supreme Court Historical Society Advisory Board
  • Member, New Jersey Task Force on Judicial Independence
  • Member, Board of Trustees of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Judicial Advisory Panel, Co-Chair
  • Board of Trustees of St. Paul’s College
  • Board of Trustees New Jersey Symphony
  • Legal Services of New Jersey, Chairman, Board of Trustees
  • Death Penalty Study Commission
  • Member, Board of Advisors to President of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • New Jersey Judicial College, Committee on Judicial Seminars
  • New Jersey Supreme Court, Appellate Division Management Committee
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Practice
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Legal Ethics
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Medical Malpractice
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minorities in the Judiciary, Chairman
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Probation
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee to Review the ABA and the N.J. Code of Judicial Conduct
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Sentence Disparity, Chairman
  • CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, Member
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee to Study Court Reporting Services
  • Union County Legal Services, Incorporator and Board of Directors
  • James H. Coleman, Jr. New Jersey Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court, 2003–present
  • CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • New Jersey State Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2003–present
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 1995–present
  • American Law Institute, 1985–present
  • Garden State Bar Association, 1980–present
  • Judicial Council of the National Bar Association, 1973–present
  • American Bar Association, 1971–present
  • American Judicature Society, 1965–present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, 1962–present
  • Union County Bar Association, 1962–present
  • National Bar Association, 1960–present
Speaking Engagements
  • Panelist, “Winning Advocacy Techniques at Mediation," ABA Section of Litigation, Young Advocates Committee, June 1, 2017.
  • "Why I Became A Secular Minister For Justice," New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminar 2016, East Rutherford, NJ, November 18, 2016.
  • Presenter, "Supreme Court Review", Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, October 6, 2009
  • "Pioneering in and Perfecting a New and Modern Judiciary," 60th Anniversary of the New Jersey Supreme Court, Trenton, NJ, September 8, 2008
  • Lecturer, American Academy of Judicial Education
  • Lecturer, American Law Institute/American Bar Association on Products Liability
  • Lecturer, Black Congress on Health and Law
  • Lecturer, Foster Parents Association
  • Lecturer, International Association of Industrial Accidents, Boards and Commissions
  • Lecturer, National Bar Association
  • Lecturer, New Jersey Judicial College
  • Lecturer, Rutgers and Seton Hall School of Law Moot-Courts
  • Lecturer, Rutgers University School of Law—Newark and Camden
  • Lecturer, Seton Hall University School of Law
  • Lecturer, Various Trial Lawyer Associations

Wrote over 2,000 opinions of which about 400 have been published.  Additional Scholarly Publications include:

  • Author, A Plowboy's Judicial Coronation and the Intersection of Law and Religion, An Autobiography, Outskirts Press (July 31, 2020)
  • The Role of the Legal Profession and the Judiciary in Creating and Defining Black History, 53 Rutg.L.Rev. 573 (2001)
  • Appellate Advocacy and Decision Making in State Appellate Courts in the Twenty-First Century, 28 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1081 (1997-98)
  • Tribute to Chief Justice Robert N. Wilentz, 7 Seton Hall L.J. 349 (1997)
  • The Evolution of Race in the Jury Selection Process, 48 Rutg.L.Rev. 1105 (1996)
Public Service Awards
  • NJ Hall of Fame Nominee (2015)
  • The Inaugural recipient of the Governor Kean Award for Commitment to People in Poverty (2014)
  • Justice Thurgood Marshall Award of Excellence (2013)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Medal of Honor (2003)
Justice Coleman's Legacy

Based on the more than 2,000 opinions authored by Justice Coleman, the media has concluded that "despite his historic roles, he has no agenda but to dispense justice evenly . . . That he has been a justice for all seasons . . . heavy on substance, light on flash." His legacy also has been described as "The Great Leveler."



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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1960
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1960
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 1963


Virginia State University, B.A., cum laude, 1956

Howard University School of Law, J.D., 1959

Virginia State University, Honorary Doctor of Laws, 1995

Widener University, Honorary Doctor of Laws, 1995

Essex County College, Honorary Doctor of Laws, 2000

Contact Address

100 Southgate Parkway

Morristown, NJ 07962-1997

Phone: 973.538.4006

Fax: 973.538.5146