Colin A. Coleman
Colin A. Coleman
Innovative Business Law Group, PC (formerly Coleman & Gagnon, P.C.), Needham, MA, 1996 – Present
Edwards & Angell, LLP, Boston, MA, 1987 – 1996
Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude, Newton, MA, 1987
Fordham University, B.A., History, New York, NY, 1981
Colin has been a member in good standing of the Rhode Island Bar since 1987 (membership currently inactive) and the Massachusetts Bar since 1988.
Business Law: Colin serves as general counsel to a wide variety of businesses. He offers comprehensive, practical advice to business owners on such matters as business organization, contracts, licenses, employment, tax, mergers and acquisitions, business planning and exit strategies.
Partnership Law: Colin has expertise representing business clients in the review and preparation of partnership agreements, shareholder agreements and limited liability company operating agreements. See our Firm’s brochure entitled “Is Your Business Partnership Prepared to Weather the Seven D’s?”
Merger & Acquisitions: Colin advises buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of businesses. He has particular expertise in advising Unique and Specialized Business Owners (USBO).
Privacy Law: Colin developed Privacylawcompliance.com which is a convenient, customized and affordable program to enable businesses and non-profit organizations to comply with the Massachusetts Privacy Law (201 CMR 17).
Commercial Real Estate Law: Colin represents commercial developers and commercial lenders in real estate development projects and financing transactions.
Colin has served as a Board member and President of the Needham Community Council, Inc. He is an active member and has served on the Board of the Needham Exchange Club, Inc. He routinely donates his time to St. Bartholomew Parish, the Needham Business Association and both his Alma Maters.
In 1903, a 14 year old boy arrived alone at Ellis Island, determined to succeed in this new land. Though possessing only a 3rd grade education, he quickly realized what America had to offer. He soon apprenticed for, and became, a barber in Lawrence, MA. While this trade was more rewarding than those generally available to immigrants, he was not satisfied. He wanted a formal education.
He began to study English and mathematics, as he knew he must first master these disciplines in order to succeed. After several years of self-study, he approached Dr. Alfred Stearns, the headmaster at Phillips Academy Andover. Impressed with the man’s determination and drive, Dr. Stearns allowed him to take the entrance examination. After passing the exam, he was admitted as a 24 year old freshman. His academic performance later earned him a scholarship.
This remarkable man went on to attend Harvard University and Boston University Law School. He practiced law in Wakefield, MA until he was 88. He is Anthony A. Piazza, Colin’s grandfather.
Most Memorable Experience
Upon his graduation from Fordham University, Colin relocated to the Pacific atoll of Majuro in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. For 2 years he volunteered his time as a high school English teacher. This tiny island, 36 miles long with an average width of 100 yards, was home to more than 25,000 people, most of whom were children and many of whom were very poor. This experience and the challenges he faced continue to shape his life profoundly.
Colin and his wife Mary Elizabeth have two children, Elizabeth and Thomas. Colin was raised in Barrington, RI and has been a resident of Needham, MA since 1989. He is a member of the Norfolk Golf Club, and enjoys hiking, reading, computers and Boston sports teams.