Carl Joseph Coleman is the head of Buchanan's Fort Myers office and head of the Florida Litigation practice, and he has been practicing law for nearly 32 years. Joe also serves as co-chair of the firm's Collection Committee. Prior to the merger with Fowler White Boggs P.A. in 2014, Joe was the president of Fowler White Boggs for six years and a member of its board of directors for eight years. Prior to his tenure on the board of directors, he served as the practice group leader for their Commercial Litigation group. Joe is the co-chair of the firm's Higher Education industry team and he represents multiple colleges, universities and elementary schools.
Joe practices in both state and federal trial courts. He focuses his practice on business litigation, including contract disputes, business dissolution, restrictive covenants, wrongful discharge, wage and hour disputes and commercial torts, in addition to real estate and probate litigation. He also practices in the fields of banking, corporate and small business matters.
Since 1995, Joe has been a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator and Circuit Court Mediator and has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of commercial litigation, real estate, probate, employment and wage and hour disputes.
Joe has always been an active member of the community and has been a member of various committees, including the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and Middle District Rules Committee. He is currently on the board of directors for Tiger Bay Club of Lee County, Habitat for Humanity of Lee County and the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Okeechobee Counties.
He was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Florida Super Lawyers list from each year since 2007, as well as for The Best Lawyers in America® list since 2005, and he holds a 5.0 out of 5.0 AV Overall Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
Joe speaks German, conversationally, and limited Spanish.
Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1985
Georgetown University, B.A., 1982
University of Sussex, Falmer, England, A.B., 1981
- Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)
- U.S. Court of Claims
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
American Bar Association
The Calusa American Inn of Court
The Federal Bar Association of Southwest Florida: past president, current member of board of directors
The Florida Bar
The Lee County Bar Association
Habitat for Humanity of Lee County, Inc.: board of directors
United Way of Lee, Hendry and Okeechobee Counties: board of directors