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Clara Coleman

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Clara Coleman is an associate attorney in the firm’s wage and hour practice. She has extensive experience advocating on behalf of workers seeking unpaid wages in class and collective actions in federal courts nationwide. She has also handled numerous individual arbitration proceedings, including those filed as part of a mass arbitration strategy, from filing through to the final hearing.

Prior to joining Nichols Kaster, Ms. Coleman served as an Attorney-Advisor to the Honorable Christopher Larsen at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges in San Francisco, California. She collaborated with ALJ Larsen to manage and decide employment matters, including whistleblower, immigration, and workers' compensation cases. During law school Clara focused on the advancement of workers’ rights, advocating for employees in her two clerkship positions at plaintiff-side employment firms and as a student-attorney for the Public Justice Advocacy Clinic. She is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association.

Preferred pronouns: she, her, hers

  • Pro Bono Eviction Expungement, Volunteer Lawyers Network,
  • Task Force on Developing an Arbitration Template, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
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  • “Arbitration Strategies,” National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, July 2022
  • “A Checklist Approach to Successful Civil Litigation,” Minnesota CLE, August 2022
  • “Strategies for Arbitrating FLSA Claims En Masse,” ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law FLSL Midwinter Meeting, February 2023
  • Contributing Author, 2023 ABA FLSA Subcommittee Annual Midwinter Report
  • Contributing Author, Minnesota CLE Wage and Hour Handbook


  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia


  • J.D., George Washington University School of Law, with honors
  • B.A., Loyola University, summa cum laude

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