Haworth Coleman & Gerstman, LLC


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Nora Coleman is a trial attorney who defends a wide variety of corporate clients in all types of civil litigation. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation matters involving product liability, general and premises liability, liquor liability, construction, consumer fraud and commercial disputes. She represents manufacturers and distributors of industrial equipment, medical equipment, chemicals, recreational merchandise and several other categories of consumer products, and in particular, cosmetics. In this regard, she draws upon her unique experience working in Global Product Development and Operations for one of the nationīs most popular artist-driven cosmetic brands. She has led large joint defense teams in class actions involving product liability and consumer fraud.

Ms. Coleman frequently represents restaurants and retailers in a wide variety of actions, drawing on her experience and expertise in defending liquor liability and negligent security actions. She also has significant experience representing owners, managers and contractors in complex construction cases involving both workplace injuries and contract disputes. Ms. Coleman regularly defends catastrophic tort matters involving a variety of accident modes on behalf of national and international manufacturers, distributors, hotels and transportation companies. She is often retained by excess insurers to monitor the handling of litigation involving their insureds. She also regularly assists clients with the development of internal risk management strategies and corporate policy.

Ms. Coleman was previously Special Counsel at a large international law firm.

Memberships & Honors

Ms. Coleman is an active member of the Defense Research Institute’s Young Lawyers and Product Liability Committees. She is Chair of the Young Lawyers’ Annual Meeting Subcommittee, and Marketing Liaison to the Product Liability Committee’s Specialized Litigation Group on Manufacturers’ Risk.

Ms. Coleman was awarded the inaugural Associate of the Year Award in 2009 by a large medical equipment manufacturer, in recognition of her continued successful defense of the company.

Presentations & Publications


New Jersey
New York
U.S. District Court, (N.D.N.Y.)
U.S. District Court, (E.D.N.Y.)
U.S. District Court, (S.D.N.Y.)
U.S. District Court, (W.D.N.Y.)
U.S. District Court, (D.N.J.)
Third Circuit Court of Appeals


J.D. (2003) Cardozo School of Law
B.A.(2000) University of Michigan, with High Distinction