Duane L. Coleman concentrates his litigation practice on complex business disputes in both federal and state courts as well as in arbitration. He has substantial experience in representing lenders, and he frequently defends creditors in various types of adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court. Duane litigates cases involving a diverse range of subject matters including intellectual property licenses, information technology contracts, supply agreements, insurance claims, and Civil RICO. He recently obtained a judgment in excess of $18 million for a client engaged in the global business of manufacturing and selling air-supported structures.

In addition to his trial work, Duane's practice involves regular appearances in state and federal appellate courts. He has successfully handled appeals in the Supreme Court of Missouri, including Garr v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., a case of significance to secured lenders throughout the state.

Duane is involved in the campaigns of numerous candidates for public office and served on a political action committee for former Congressman and U.S. Senator Jim Talent. He actively supports numerous organizations and charities including the American Parkinson Disease Association and the University of Iowa Alumni Association. Duane is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Practice Areas


  • University of Iowa School of Law (J.D., with distinction, 1986)
    • Appellate Advocacy Program
    • Christian Legal Society
  • Loras University (B.A., 1983)
    • Political Science
    • National Dean’s List (1982-1983)
    • Loras College Dean’s List (eight semesters)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis


  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • Missouri Bar
  • Illinois Bar