Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Of counsel at the Philadelphia office, Thomas S. Coleman joined Butler in 2012. His practice involves advising and representing insurance companies in complex first-party matters and large loss subrogation cases. He also regularly defends against catastrophic loss claims, including collapse, fire/explosion, flood, and wind damage claims. Additionally, he has litigation experience defending and winning cases of suspected insurance fraud.

Tom graduated magna cum laude in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and government from Franklin & Marshall College. He then attended the University of Baltimore, where he earned dual Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Business Administration degrees in Law and Economics. During law school, he served as an editor on law review, a business incubator consultant, and a teaching assistant.

After graduating from law school but before completing his Master of Business Administration degree, Tom clerked at both the trial and appellate levels. Before joining Butler, Tom practiced as a coverage litigator in Philadelphia for several years.

Tom’s involvement with the community evidences his deep commitment to public service. He has worked as an instructor at Temple's Small Business Development Clinic, served as president of the Strickland Row Community Association, and volunteered as a mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters youth organization. In his spare time, Tom also enjoys competitive distance running, white-water kayaking, and triathlons.


  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania


  • University of Baltimore
    Master of Business Administration
  • University of Baltimore
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania State Bar Association


  • Maryland State Courts
  • Pennsylvania Courts (Eastern District)
  • Pennsylvania State Courts
  • Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas
Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Coverage - First Party Property
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Subrogation