Walker Coleman heads the firm’s Charleston office and serves on the firm’s Advisory Council. He is an experienced litigator who primarily litigates complex employment, labor, restrictive covenant, and trade secret misappropriation disputes. He also litigates business disputes, defends product defect claims, defends class and collective actions and represents companies in government investigations.
Mr. Coleman has successfully handled cases for numerous local, national, and international companies in industries including: athletic equipment, automotive, aerospace, banking, beverage, broadcast media, chemical, computer software, construction, energy, entertainment, environmental, government contracts, health care, intellectual property, manufacturing, maritime, medical laboratory testing, medical product, paper and packaging, plumbing fixtures, pharmaceutical, retail, resort and hospitality, restaurant, shipping, snack food, steel, telecommunications, textiles, and trucking.
In the labor and employment areas, Mr. Coleman routinely defends companies in litigation, relating to employment discrimination, all forms of harassment, wage and hour, wrongful termination, trade secret misappropriation, restrictive covenants, and unfair labor practices. He also represents employers in government investigations and routinely counsels employers on leave issues, positive and legally viable employment practices, reductions in force and plant closings, the sale and acquisition of domestic and foreign businesses, executive terminations and severance packages, and union avoidance. Mr. Coleman also has successfully represented numerous employers before the EEOC, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and the S.C. Department of Labor, Licenses and Regulation.
In the product defect area, Mr. Coleman has defended numerous medial device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies in defective product and bad drug cases. Mr. Coleman also routinely litigates in business disputes involving RICO claims and claims, among others, for breach of contract, unfair trade practices, fraud, civil conspiracy, defamation, and breach of fiduciary duties.
Highly regarded in his field, Mr. Coleman has been recognized by his peers and corporate counsel as a leader in the labor and employment practice area through his inclusion in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and South Carolina Super Lawyers for many years.