Ronald Coleman – Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP

One Penn Plaza Suite 3100
New York, NY 10119, United States

  • 212-695-8100 Ext:.267

Practice/Organization Description

I try civil cases in all courts and ADR venues and do related counseling, focusing on trademarks, copyrights and other torts of competition, especially with respect to the use of intellectual property on the Internet and technology.

I have represented clients of every size in state and federal courts, arbitrations and mediations throughout the country in a wide variety of commercial litigation and other matters, including contract disputes, distributorship litigation, trademark and unfair competition, trademark counterfeiting, business tort claims, toxic tort and insurance coverage litigation, discrimination and wrongful discharge cases, copyright infringement claims, trade secret, restrictive covenant and real estate litigation.

Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP is also one of the leading construction law firms in the New York area.

My litigation experience runs the gamut from pretrial investigation and early dispute resolution through every aspect of bench and jury trials as well as appeals. My team is trained to deliver the quality, sophistication and depth of big-firm litigation groups in a client-friendly, economically rational package.

I am also the general counsel of the Media Bloggers Association and have developed a reputation for my representation of clients in connection with online business and specifically the use of intellectual property on the Internet.

My blog about copyright, trademark and related issues, LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION, was recognized by the ABA Journal as one of the top 100 law-related blogs in the country in its first-ever listing in 2007. I wrote the first article on Internet law in that magazine (1995) as well as the various scholarly articles and book contributions on law and litigation shown in my listing here.

Bar Admissions

I am admitted to the state and U.S. District courts in the states of New York and New Jersey and to the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Federal,Second, Third and Ninth Circuits.


AB, Princeton University, 1985

JD, Northwestern University, 1988

Professional Associations & Memberships

Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association

Member, New York Intellectual Property Association

Member, Federal Bar Association

Member, New York and New Jersey State Bar Associations

Member, Copyright Society of the USA

Member, Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2000–2003; 2009-2012

Internet and Computer Law Committee, New Jersey State Bar Association 2003–2011

Internet Committee; Online Trademark Use Subcommittee, International Trademark Association, 2005–2007

Vice-Chairman, Religious Liberties Practice Group, Federalist Society, 1998–2006

Member, Internet Legislation Taskforce International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, 2001–2003

Honors and Awards

Who's Who in America

Who's Who in American Law

Rated "AV 5.0 Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell

Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Torts
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Construction Law
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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