June D. Coleman

Ms. Coleman, a defense litigator in the firm's Business Services Practice Group, has more than 13 years of experience representing local, state and national clients in complex civil litigation disputes before state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Her areas of emphasis include defense of consumer rights actions, including litigation involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act, as well as professional liability defense, class actions, commercial litigation, creditors rights, employment law, and litigation involving technology and electronic data. Ms. Coleman has also developed an expertise in opposing attorney fee motions in both state and federal court.

Legal Experience

In practice since 1997, Ms. Coleman is an experienced trial lawyer with a proven track record representing clients in bench and jury trials, as well as arbitrations. Over the course of her career, Ms. Coleman has developed a niche practice defending credit and collection professionals accused of violating state and federal consumer protection laws, including:

  • The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)
  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
  • The California Rosenthal FDCPA
  • The California Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act
  • Unfair Business Practices

Ms. Coleman has an in-depth understanding of what conduct is permissible, and what is not, when collecting consumer debts. She also understands how best to defend claims and minimize liability on behalf of collection agencies, collection attorneys, and debt buyers, whether the claim be an individual claim or a class action claim. Ms. Coleman has also represented collection attorneys in front of the California State Bar, from the investigation stage to disciplinary actions.

Additionally, Ms. Coleman has significant experience defending clients in professional liability disputes, including legal malpractice claims, and in commercial litigation, creditors rights actions, and employment law.

Prior to joining KMTG, Ms. Coleman was a founding partner at Ellis Coleman Poirier LaVoie & Steinheimer in Sacramento, a small, boutique litigation firm.

Practice Examples

  • Jerman v. Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer & Ulrich, LPA (Nov. 2009 - Jan. 2010) Co-authored two amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court in an FDCPA case addressing the bona fide error defense and its application to mistakes of law to focus the Supreme Court’s attention on the application of the bona fide error defense to mistakes of law made by litigating collection attorneys. The Supreme Court ruled in April that the bona fide error defense did not apply to mistakes of law regarding the interpretation of the FDCPA, but specifically excluded any ruling on whether the bona fide error defense applied to mistakes of law in the context of collection litigation.
  • Rouse v. Law Offices of Rory Clark (Aug. 2008) FDCPA – Defense verdict for law firm, its staff, and its client after a unanimous jury verdict in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. The plaintiff’s pre-verdict demand exceeded $400,000; and the plaintiff sought in excess of $1 million dollars from the jury.
  • State Bar v. JB (May-Aug. 2007) Involuntary Enrollment Proceeding – Determination in favor of client attorney denying the State Bar’s demand for involuntary enrollment after 5-day trial; review board ultimately reversed.
  • G v. Sweeney(May-June 2006) FDCPA – Bench trial on cross-complaint where client prevailed on FDCPA claim, but ultimately lost on California Rosenthal FDCPA claim.
  • Tilton v. Eskanos & Adler, P.C. (Feb. 2006) FDCPA – Non-binding arbitration in favor of defendant based on bona fide error defense, which ultimately led to plaintiff dismissing her claims.
  • Griffiths v. B (Sept. 2000) Legal Malpractice – Judgment entered for client attorney after plaintiff’s case in chief.
  • Greenwell v. David Allen & Assoc. (April & May 2000) Legal Malpractice and Unfair Advertising – Jury trial addressing whether attorney properly litigated the case at trial and whether attorney’s advertising was misleading. Judgment entered for client attorneys and law firm after 2 month trial.
  • Nobel v. F (Jan. 2000) Accounting Malpractice – Claims against accountant client settled for less than cost of defense after motions in limine threatened to gut plaintiff’s claims.

Representative Rulings

  • Roybal v. Equifax (E.D. Cal. 2008) 2008 WL 4532473 (FCRA, FDCPA, Rosenthal FDCPA, Fair Credit Billing Act)
  • Roybal v. Equifax (E.D. Cal. 2008) 2008 WL 4532465 (FCRA, FDCPA, Rosenthal FDCPA, Fair Credit Billing Act)
  • Camacho v. Bridgeport Financial, Inc. (9th Cir. 2008) 523 F.3d 973 (FDCPA)
  • Abad v. Williams Cohen & Gray (N.D. Cal. 2008) 2008 WL 2788093 (FDCPA)
  • Guevarra v. Progressive Financial Services, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2007) 497 F.Supp.2d 1090 (FDCPA)
  • Abad v. Williams Cohen & Gray (N.D. Cal. 2007) 2007 WL 1839914 (FDCPA)
  • Johnson v. Credit International (9th Cir. 2007) 2007 WL 3332813 (FDCPA, Unfair Business Practices)
  • Guevarra v. Progressive Financial Services, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2006) 2006 WL 3613742 (FDCPA)
  • Abels v. JBC Legal Group, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2006) 434 F.Supp.2d 763 (FDCPA, Rosenthal FDCPA)
  • Palmer v. Stassinos (N.D. Cal. 2006) 236 F.R.D. 460 (FDCPA, Unfair Business Practices)
  • Abels v. JBC Legal Group, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2006) 233 F.R.D. 645 (FDCPA, Rosenthal FDCPA)
  • Palmer v. Stassinos (N.D. Cal. 2006) 233 F.R.D. 546 (FDCPA, Unfair Business Practices)
  • Trevino v. ACB American, Inc. (N .D. Cal. 2006) 232 F.R.D. 612 (FDCPA)
  • Camacho v. Bridgeport Financial, Inc. (9th Cir. 2005) 430 F.3d 1078 (FDCPA)
  • Abels v. JBC Legal Group, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2005) 428 F.Supp.2d 1023 (FDCPA, Rosenthal FDCPA)
  • Johnson v. AMO Recoveries (N.D. Cal. 2005) 427 F.Supp.2d 953 (FDCPA)
  • Palmer v. Stassinos (N.D. Cal. 2005) 419 F.Supp.2d 1151 (FDCPA, Unfair Business Practices)
  • Roybal v. Equifax (E.D. Cal. 2005) 405 F.Supp.2d 1177 (FCRA, FDCPA, Rosenthal FDCPA, Fair Credit Billing Act)
  • Palmer v. Stassinos (N.D. Cal. 2005) 348 F.Supp.2d 1070 (FDCPA, Unfair Business Practices)
  • Abels v. JBC Legal Group, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2005) 229 F.R.D. 152 (FDCPA, Rosenthal FDCPA)
  • Abels v. JBC Legal Group, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2005) 227 F.R.D. 541 (FDCPA, Rosenthal FDCPA)
  • Johnson v. Credit Int’l, Inc. (N.D. Cal. July 28, 2005) 2005 WL 2401890 (FDCPA, Unfair Business Practices)
  • Minick v. Tate & Kirlin Associates (N.D. Cal. July 05, 2005) 2005 WL 1566548 (FDCPA)
  • Bracken v. Harris & Zide (N.D. Cal. 2004) 219 F.R.D. 481 (FDCPA)

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Ms. Coleman is an accomplished author and a well known presenter on matters regarding the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and speaks frequently on behalf of the American Collections Association and the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys. She has also provided training for collectors regarding the obligations set forth in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, California’s Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Her other professional activities and affiliations include:

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated Attorney
  • Voted "Best of the Bar," Sacramento Business Journal (2013, 2014)
  • Northern California Super Lawyer (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014)
  • Board Member, National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar Association (2012 President)
  • Appointed by Sacramento County Superior Court Presiding Judge Steve White to the Civil Courts Advisory Council (2010-2011)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Women Lawyers of Sacramento (2008 President)
  • Member, California Women Lawyers
  • Member, Anthony Kennedy Inns of Court
  • Member, American Collectors Association International, Members’ Attorney Program
  • Member, California Association of Collectors (Scholarship Committee Member)
  • Member, California Creditors Bar Association (Member of Board of Directors)
  • Sacramento County 4-H county wide resource leader
  • Licensed Rabbit Judge through the American Rabbit Breeders Association, judging throughout the nation

Recent Presentations

  • “Recent Appellate Court Decisions and How They Affect Your Firm,” NARCA 2014 Fall Collection Conference (Las Vegas, Oct. 2014)
  • “Is the Judicial Tide Turning Toward a More Common Sense Approach to Consumer Claims - A Comprehensive Appellate Law Update,” CCBA 2014 Spring Conference (LA, April 2014) and NARCA 2014 Spring Collection Conference (Miami Beach, May 2014)
  • “Are Attorneys Finally Leading When Dancing the Client Two Step with Plaintiff’s Bar?” DBA International 17th Annual Conference (Las Vegas, Feb. 2014)
  • “Vicarious Liability: The Attorney Client Tango - Is the Plaintiff’s Bar Leading?” NARCA Fall Collection Conference (Washington DC, Oct. 2013)
  • “Debt Collection: Navigating the Statutory Minefields,” The Rutter Group (Sept. 2013)
  • “Highlights and Hot Topics in Defense of Consumer Actions,” ACA 2013 Convention & Expo (San Diego, July 2013)
  • “The Electronic Funds Transfer Act and Regulation E,” NARCA (Webinar April 2013)
  • “Unveiling the Mysteries of Collecting Out of Statue Debt,” ACA International (Teleseminar Feb. 2013)
  • “Who’s Paying for This? Tricky Pitfalls and Ethical Landmines regarding Indemnification,” NARCA (Webinar Nov. 2012)
  • “FDCPA Defense Tactics and Strategy,” CalCBA 2012 Fall Conference (Nov. 2012)
  • “To Record or Not to Record - The Pros and Cons, Laws, Compliance and Defense Strategies,” CalCBA 2012 Fall Conference (Nov. 2012)
  • “Stump the NARCA Defense Bar Attorney,” NARCA Fall Collection Conference (Baltimore MD, Oct. 2012)
  • “Minimal Damages Awards,” NARCA Fall Collection Conference (Baltimore MD, Oct. 2012)
  • “What Would Lily Do? The Ins and Outs of Financial Literacy,” Sacramento Legal Secretaries Association (Aug 2012)
  • "Hello, Who’s Calling? Who’s Recording? Use of Caller ID Technology and Call Recording Methods in the Collection Industry - Pros, Cons and Litigation,” ACA International, 16th Annual MAP Conference (Hollywood FL, July 2012)
  • “To Record or Not to Record - Benefits, Laws, Compliance and Defense Strategies,” NARCA Spring Collection Conference (San Diego, May 2012)
  • “How to Handle and Respond to FDCPA Claims,” California Association of Collectors (Walnut Creek, Feb. 2012)
  • “Collection: Seeking and Collecting a Judgment,” National Business Institute (Sacramento, Jan. 2012)
  • “Sanctions in the Credit and Collection Industry,” ACA International, Fall Forum (Chicago IL, Nov. 2011)
  • “Dealing with Validation Requests Under the FDCPA & FCRA,” ACA International (Teleseminar July 2011)
  • “Don’t Hang Up the Phone - Permissible Telephone Calls Under the FDCPA and TCPA,” ACA International, 15th Annual MAP Conference (Dallas TX, July 2011)
  • “Hot Topics: Current Legal Cases Throughout the United States Affecting Legal Debt Collection,” National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys, 2011 Spring Collection Conference (Chicago IL, May 2011)
  • “The ‘Do Not Contact’ Rules:  The Interplay Between State and Federal Law,” California Creditors Bar Association, Bi-Annual Meeting (Santa Ana, Nov. 2010)
  • “Legal Panel on Current Legal Trends,” Hang Ups and Caller ID, California Association of Collectors, 93rd Annual Convention (Huntington Beach, Oct. 2010)
  • “How to Handle Transaction Payment Fees,” ACA International (Teleseminar Aug. 2010)
  • “Fighting Damage Claims and Fee Requests,” ACA International, 14th Annual MAP Conference (Washington, D.C., July 2010)
  • “Make No Mistake: Supreme Court Rules on Bona Fide Error,” ACA International (Teleseminar, May 2010)
  • “Safely Communicating by Electronic Means: Can You Contact Consumers by Voice Mail, E-mail, Text Messaging and Cell Phones Without Violating the FDCPA,” National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys, 2010 Spring Collection Conference (Washington D.C., May 2010)
  • “Collection Attorney Ethics,” National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys, 2009 Fall Collection Conference (San Francisco, Oct. 2009)
  • FTC Roundtable on Consumer Collections (San Francisco, Sept. 2009)
  • “Lawsuits Are Like Earthquakes; You Are Better Off Prepared: Avoiding Claims Through External Audits,” American Collectors Association Annual Convention (Las Vegas, July 2009)
  • “Ethics for Collection Industry Attorneys,” ACA International, 13th Annual MAP Conference (Las Vegas, July 2009)
  • “Legal Panel on Current Legal Trends,” Bona Fide Error Defense, California Association of Collectors’ 91st Annual Convention (Santa Rosa, Sept. 2008)
  • “Developing Solutions & Practical Response to Litigation Trends,” Governmental and State Bar Issues for Collection Attorneys, National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys 2008 Spring Collection Conference (Seattle WA, May 2008)
  • “FDCPA Compliance for the California Practitioner,” National Business Institute (Oakland, Jan. 2008)
  • “Legal Panel on Current Legal Trends,” California Association of Collectors’ 90th Annual Convention (Monterey, Oct. 2007)
  • “Legal Panel:  FDCPA Claims, Defenses and Strategies,” Identity Theft, California Association of Collectors’ 89th Annual Convention (Cabo, Oct. 2006)
  • “What Requires Action and What Is Just Internet _ _ _ _,” Chapter 1 of the California Association of Collectors (San Francisco, Aug. 2006)
  • “Debt Collections in California under the Federal and California (Rosenthal) Fair Debt Collection Practices Acts,” Seminars to Tenet Health Care (Los Angeles, May 2006)
  • “What You Need to Know About E&O Insurance,” California Association of Collectors’ 88th Annual Convention (Indian Wells, Sept. 2005)

Recent Publications

  • “Notes from the Litigation Trenches: Rosenthal FDCPA - 2012 In Review,” Collector’s Ink, Vol. LVIII, No. 2 (March/April 2013)
  • “Stories from the Litigation Trenches: Confidential - Uncensored and Off the Record,” Collector’s Ink, Nov 2012
  • “Stories from the Litigation Trenches: Rosenthal FDCPA - 2011 In Review,” Collector’s Ink, Vol. LVII, No. 2 (March/April 2012)
    “Reconsidering Arbitration as a Defense to FDCPA Litigation in Light of the Recent Concepcion Opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court,” MAPBulletin, Vol 17, No 9 (ACA International Sept 2011
  • "Notes From The Litigation Trenches: Rosenthal FDCPA – 2010 In Review Part I," Collector's Ink, Vol. LVI, No. 5 (May/June 2011)
  • "The Ninth Circuit Addresses the Concept of Default When the Consumer Has Entered into a Forebearance Agreement," MAPBulletin, Vol 17, No. 5 (ACA International May 2011)
  • "Attorney Letterhead After Lesher," MAPBulletin, Vol. 16, No. 7 (ACA International July 2010)
  • "Tales from the Front Line: The Rosenthal FDCPA - 2009 in Review," Collector's Ink, Vol. LV, No. 5 (May/June 2010)
  • "Heightened Plausibility Pleading Standard Does Not Lead to Dismissal of Recent District of Massachusetts Case," MAPbulletin, Vol. 16, No. 1 (ACA International Jan. 2010)
  • "No Need to Set Forth All Components That Constitute Amount of Debt in Initial 1692g Letter," NL Member News, Vol. 72 (National List of Attorneys Jan. 2010)
  • "Ninth Circuit Addresses Discovery Rule for FDCPA Claims," MAPbulletin, Vol. 15, No. 9 (ACA International Sept. 2009)
  • "Tales from the Front Line: Rosenthal FDCPA - 2008 in Review," Collector's Ink, Vol. LIV, No. 4 (April 2009)
  • "Lizards Can Help You Take on the Economy," Collector's Ink, Vol. LIII, No. 8 (Oct./Nov. 2008)
  • "Tales from the Front Line: The Rosenthal FDCPA - The 2007 Year in Review," Collectors Ink, Vol. XLXIII, No. 4 (Apr. 2008)
  • "Plaintiff's Attorneys Slapped for Narrowing Class Definition; Court Links 'Ethically Questionable' Conduct to FDCPA Language," Consumer Financial Services Law Report, Vol. 11, Issue 7 (LRP Publications Sept. 5, 2007)
  • "Tales from the Front Line: The Rosenthal FDCPA - 2006 in Review," Collectors Ink, Vol. XLXII, No. 3 (Mar./Apr. 2007)
  • "Tales from the Front Line: The Rosenthal FDCPA," Collectors Ink, Vol. XLXI, No. 2 (Feb. 2006)
  • Legal Guide For Women (American Bar Association 2004) – reviewed and edited
  • "Is Your Attorney Meaningfully Involved in Your Collection Process?," which was published in both Collectors Ink, Vol. XLVI, No. 6 (July 2001) and MAPBulletin, Vol. 6, Nos. 10 and 11 (ACA International Oct./Nov. 2001)

Academic Background

J.D. University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1997

  • Graduated with Great Distinction
  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Member, Traynor Honor Society
  • Managing Editor for the Pacific Law Journal, 1996-1997
  • Author, "Review of Selected 1995 California Legislation," 27 Pac.L.J. 441 (1996)
  • Author, "Playing God or Playing Scientist, A Constitutional Analysis of State Laws that Ban Embryological Research," 27 Pac. L.J. 1331 (1996)

B.S. California State University, Sacramento, 1989