Diana Coleman has been an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department since she joined Goodwin in 2015. Ms. Coleman concentrates her practice on representing and defending financial institutions in litigation, government investigations and enforcement actions. Ms. Coleman also has experience with internal investigations and shareholder demand investigations.
Examples of Ms. Coleman’s recent representative experiences include:
- Defending an asset manager in actions brought under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 alleging that it charged excessive investment advisory fees.
- Defending a national mortgage lender in a real estate dispute in state court.
- Defending two universities in actions alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.
- Representing a major national bank under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for discriminatory lending practices violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.
- Representing parties under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including an individual, an asset manager, and a hedge fund.
- Representing a special litigation committee investigating a shareholder demand letter, demanding that the board of directors remedy alleged breaches of fiduciary duties by former and current board members in connection with their approval of investment advisory contracts that resulted in the payment of excessive advisory fees.
Ms. Coleman also maintains a diverse and active pro bono practice, which includes representing: an asylum seeker in immigration proceedings and a Fourth Circuit appeal; two children seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile status in immigration and related state court proceedings; and a criminal defendant in an appeal to the D.C. Court of Appeals involving an ineffective assistance of trial counsel challenge.
While in law school, Ms. Coleman interned for The Honorable Judge Albert J. Matricciani, Jr. in the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. She also participated in Georgetown’s D.C. Law Students in Court Clinic, where she assisted low-income litigants in reaching favorable resolutions in civil and housing disputes.
Georgetown University Law Center
University of Maryland