coleman-profile

BERNARD H. COLEMAN JR.

Special Counsel

Mr. Coleman serves as Special Counsel at Townsend Lockett. His practice includes serving as a trusted advisor to entrepreneurs, current and retired sports stars, entertainment professionals, emerging companies and investors.

In his 20 years of practicing law with some of America’s top law firms, Mr. Coleman developed deep knowledge and broad experience in working with clients in a variety of industries, including entertainment, sports, technology, financial services, manufacturing and distribution, franchising, personal care and hospitality. His broad and deep experience gives him a unique understanding of contracts of all types and how successful businesses are created and financed. His mastery of business organizational principles and business development concepts comes from advising clients of all sizes from formation/organization to capitalization to merger and acquisition in transactions exceeding $1 Billion over the course of his 20+ year career.

As the former head of the Sports & Entertainment Group at one of America’s top law firms, Mr. Coleman’s corporate legal practice has served him well in the counseling of sports and entertainment clients. He has counseled such sports icons as Dominique Wilkins, Evander Holyfield, Roddy White, Paul Byrd and many others through the development of joint ventures, endorsement deals and other business transactions. His passion for sports comes from his father (who was drafted to the New England Patriots in the early ‘70s).

Representative Matters

  • Representation of professional athlete in television commercial for a major fast food chain
  • Representation of former NBA basketball legend with organization of companies and in securing the development rights for oil sands extraction technology
  • Representation of restaurant owner in a sale to basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks
  • Representation of former NBA basketball legend with health care joint venture
  • Representation of film producer in raising of $13,000,000 for feature film
  • Representation of recording artist in forming and organizing independent record label
  • Representation of independent record label in drafting recording and producer agreements
  • Representation of recording artist in negotiating producer agreement with music producer
  • Representation of healthcare technology company in acquisition of domestic and international divisions for $20,000,000.
  • Representation of life settlement entrepreneurs in equity sale for $40,000,000
  • Representation of a publicly-traded manufacturing company in sale of joint venture interest for $62,000,000
  • Representation of publicly-traded manufacturing company in sale of business unit for $20,000,000
  • Representation of fast growth technology company in securing $12,125,000 in venture capital financing
  • Representation of healthcare company in sale of all its issued and outstanding capital stock for $30,000,000
  • Representation of medical technology company in securing $20,000,000 in venture capital financing
  • Representation of restaurant entrepreneur in securing $1,000,000 in private placement offering to facilitate new restaurant opening
  • Representation of financial services company in securities offering valued at $1,000,000,000.
  • Representation of beverage company in its corporate organization and initial securities offering of $800,000 in Class A Units
  • Representation of investor group investing in Multi-Million Dollar Venture Capital Fund
  • Representation of residential treatment facility in sale of company for $750,000
  • Representation of private lender in business loans to company borrowers
  • Representation of television producer in legal aspects of development of a television sitcom
  • Representation of acclaimed actor in contract negotiations and career development matters
  • Representation of television show producer in raising capital for television show development
  • Representation of production company in development and structuring of film documentary
  • Representation of professional athlete in securing video game participation with EA Sports
  • Representation of professional athlete in negotiation of national endorsement deal with major shoe manufacturer

Professional And Community Involvement

  • Roddy White Keep the Faith Foundation, Inc., Board Member
  • STEM Atlanta Women, Inc., Board of Advisors

Prior Experience

  • Partner, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLC, 2009-2013
  • Partner, Morris Manning & Martin, LLP, 2007-2009
  • Associate, Morris Manning & Martin, LLP, 1999-2007
  • Associate, Minkin & Synder, LLP 1997-1999
  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 1996-1997

CONTACT INFORMATION

Direct Dial: (404) 870-8504

Direct Dial: (404) 964-4835
Facsimile: (404) 870-8502
Email: bernard.coleman@townsendlockett.com

EDUCATION

J.D., 1996, University of Virginia School of Law, Virginia Law Review, 1994-1996
Study Abroad, 1992, American University in Cairo, Egypt
A.B., 1993, Harvard College

ADMISSIONS

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
11th Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
Georgia Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia