License of prominent GJ lawyer suspended

GRETEL DAUGHERTY/The Daily Sentinel—In a letter to clients, Joe Coleman stated that he agreed with a regulatory finding that he failed to provide timely written disclosure of a business partnership that was tied into a client’s property. He also admitted a conflict of interest in a separate matter. Coleman is shown in January speaking at a meeting about a proposal to build a bus station near Mesa Mall.

State regulators have issued a 45-day suspension of the law license for a prominent Grand Junction lawyer following an admission of misconduct.

Joseph Coleman, who practices law under the entity, Joseph Coleman & Associates, LLC, 2454 Patterson Road, Suite 210, told his clients in a letter distributed last month he’s unable to practice law for 45 days starting Aug. 1.

“Upon my reinstatement following the suspension, you are free to remain with any new attorney you have consulted or you may again contact me,” Coleman wrote. “Please accept my apology for causing you inconvenience.”

Coleman wrote in the letter, a copy of which was provided by Coleman’s staff, that clients who wanted their individual case files were free to take them. Coleman stipulated to the suspension of his law license, including findings that he failed to provide timely written disclosure of a business partnership that was tied into a client’s property, according to a summary of findings with the Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation.

In another matter, Coleman didn’t end his representation of a limited-liability company with which he had a conflict of interest, and failed disclose potential conflicts of interest, the summary said.

The stipulation signed by Coleman said the actions caused “potential injury, but not actual injury” to his clients as well as “actual injury” to the “reputation of the legal profession.”

“(Coleman) violated the duty of loyalty he owed to his clients,” reads a signed admission of misconduct.

Coleman, who was licensed to practice law in 1975, is known for his representation of clients in several matters grabbing headlines, including County Jam USA’s fight last year against would-be concert organizer Bobby Willis, who proposed a free concert competing with Country Jam before the plans ultimately fizzled with Mesa County planners.

“The truth is contained in the stipulation,” Coleman said of the suspension Wednesday.


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