Mary-Alice Coleman received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law in 1980. She also is an honors graduate with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from California State University, Chico.
After practicing law in the public sector for over 20 years, Mary-Alice founded Law Offices of Mary-Alice Coleman, P.C. in 2003. Having been a whistleblower herself, Mary-Alice concentrates on employment and civil rights matters, as well as personal injury law. Her clients come from both the public and private sectors. Mary-Alice’s legal experience includes working with various government agencies: the California Department of Consumer Affairs, the Department of Personnel Administration, the California State Personnel Board, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Department of Industrial Relations, the Judicial Council of California, the State Bar of California, the University of California, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Mary-Alice’s experience also includes legislative advocacy, administrative adjudication, and neighborhood and local government advocacy. In addition to various legal works, Mary-Alice has authored and edited consumer law and self-help publications. She was the co-author of the Consumer Law Sourcebook for Small Claims Judicial Officers (California Department of Consumer Affairs, 1985, 1988, and 1991). She co-drafted the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act (1988) and the California Small Claims Act (1991, 1992). She also conducted a workshop regarding the ‘California Task Force on the Futures of the Court’ at the Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution workshop, 1992.
Mary-Alice is admitted to the bars of California and the United States District Court for the Eastern District. She served on Chief Justice Lucas’ Future of the Courts Commission. She is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, the California State Bar Labor and Employment Section, the Sacramento County Bar Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Section, the Sacramento County Bar Administrative Law Section, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Sacramento County Bar Association, the Yolo County Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the California National Organization for Women, and the Sacramento Women Lawyers Association. Mary-Alice is also a trained mediator for the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.