Joe Coleman has over 50 years of experience in real estate and oil & gas law. Throughout his legal career, he has participated in all areas of general law practice, including transactional matters and litigation.
He earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Baylor University in 1955 and a juris doctor degree from Baylor Law School in 1957. As a law student, he served on the board of editors for Baylor Law Review.
Coleman is a member of the Texas, Houston, and American Bar Associations and is a life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He has served on the Board of Directors for Allied Bank and Fairfield State Bank. In addition, he serves as a trustee of the Ralph and Ruth McCullough Foundation and the William A. Smith and Madeline Welder Smith Foundation, and he formerly served as president and board member for the Homes of St. Mark.
Coleman has been a dedicated alumnus of Baylor University. He served on the Baylor Board of Regents from 1998-2007, where he served as chair of several committees, including the finance and facilities committee. He also was a member of the Baylor Foundation Board of Directors. Additionally, Coleman was a member of Baylor's Sesquicentennial Council of 150 and is a current member of the Baylor Foundation, the Baylor Bear Foundation and active in development efforts on behalf of the University and the Law School. He is a life member of the Baylor Alumni Association and the Baylor Law Alumni Association.
In 2008, Coleman received the Baylor Lawyer of the Year award, which is given annually to an outstanding alumnus who has brought honor and distinction to Baylor Law School and the legal profession. Past recipients include Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski, former Texas Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, former F.B.I. director William Sessions, former U.S. Rep. Jack Hightower and Gov. Price Daniel, Sr., among others. The award has been presented by Baylor Law School since 1963.
In his spare time, Coleman is also a noted author on quail habitat and management, and he has competed and judged in bird dog field trials in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. His English setters have won many championships, including the National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship, and he is widely known for his breeding of setters. In recognition of these many achievements, Coleman was inducted into the Texas Field Trial Hall of Fame.