Terry Coleman

Pillsbury & Coleman

Insurance Lawyer | Serving San Francisco, CA

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100 Green Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Over Two Decades of Holding Insurance Companies Accountable

People buy insurance policies to help them through difficult times. When a fire destroys your home, when disaster strikes your business, when you are diagnosed with a serious illness and need long-term care, you depend on the insurance company to be there.

When insurance companies fail to live up to the terms of their policies and unreasonably deny claims or delay payment, policyholders suffer. That's when they turn to the attorneys of Pillsbury & Coleman, LLP. From our offices in San Francisco, we represent the rights of insureds against insurance companies.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

Insurance Law

  • Bad Faith Insurance Claims
  • Disability Insurance Claims
  • ERISA Claims
  • Disability Insurance Companies
  • Disabling Conditions
  • Long-Term Care Insurance Claims
  • General Business Insurance Policies

Call Pillsbury & Coleman today at 866-930-4927 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Philip L. Pillsbury Jr.


  • California


  • Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon
    • J.D. cum laude - 1976
    • Honors: Inducted into the Cornelius Honor Society (1976)
    • Law Review: Environmental Law Review, Editor, 1974 - 1976
  • Middlebury College
    • A.B. - 1973

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • American Association for Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

Pro Bono Activity

  • Board of Visitors, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College (1995-2010)
  • Trustee, The Thacher School (2007-Present)
  • Board and Council Member, The Yosemite Fund (2008-Present)
  • Trustee, Darby Betts Fund (2001-2009)
  • Trustee, Brotherton Fund (2004-2009)
  • Trustee, Episcopal Charities (2003-2008)
  • Director, St. Luke 's Hospital (1989-2003)
  • Director, Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation (1991-2001)
  • Vice-Chair, Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation (1991-1999)
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, St. Luke 's Hospital Foundation (1988-1991)
  • Chairman, Board, St. Luke 's Hospital (1991-2001)

Attorney Terrence J. Coleman


  • California


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 1994
    • Law Review: University of San Francisco Law Review, 1992 - 1994
  • University of California at Berkeley
    • B.A. - 1991

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • “Super Lawyer”, 2006 through 2014
  • President’s Award, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, January 15, 2004
  • Finalist, Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, March 2003
  • Distinguished Service Award, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, October 5, 2001
  • The State Bar of California
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, Fellow
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, now American Association for Justice, Insurance Litigation Section, Past Chair
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2014 - Present

Pro Bono Activity

  • President, St. Thomas More Society, 2008


This is what some of our clients have said about Pillsbury & Coleman. "You truly make a difference in people's lives because you do not just win cases, you do not just get judgments collected, you actually put lives back together and help heal wounds. More importantly, I believe for all the long hours you put, your significant others should see what a difference you make and especially made in our family's life because we will remain forever grateful to each and every one you." Mehran Imanabadi

"As part of an in-house legal team, I look for smart, capable and no-nonsense outside counsel to guide me on critical issues. Pillsbury & Coleman's attorneys proved to be all of the above. They crafted a creative and insightful strategy for my case that convinced me they were the go-to firm for bad faith insurance coverage issues." Bill Friedman, In-house Counsel, CISCO

"I can't thank you enough for what you have done for me. I am so grateful that I had you helping me with this most difficult time of my life. You were always there for me no matter what and I deeply appreciate it." Peter Englert

"You have to hear this a lot. You folks are life changers in peoples lives. I can't thank you enough and as a client I believe you deserve every dime you got. I am writing this and thinking of my first calls of desperation to the four or five firms I found on Google. My favorite was the last attorney I spoke to, his question? Had I spoken to Arnie yet? [T]hat was the best recommendation I had received. You should all be proud to work with Arnie, what a man on a mission. To watch you work was pure harmony. I can't thank all of you enough! What else can I say? Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU." Stuart Pressman

"Thank you does not seem like enough for the peacefulness you have brought to my life. This has been a long two years, and I really didn't think that you would be able to bring us to a settlement this fast. I have to remind myself that I don't have to worry about our lives in the same intense way anymore." Leslie Pressman

"The success Terry Coleman had with my case changed our lives. Pillsbury & Coleman took our case not knowing the outcome and brought to bear a real commitment to seeing it through. The insurance company tried to legitimize its failure to cover us, but thorough P&L's research and brilliant bargaining left them with no way out but to accept responsibility. People often feel powerless against insurance companies....fortunately, P&L is there to take them on!" Jeri Mersky, Ph.D. JLM Associates

"As a lawyer, I had dealt with insurance companies in many different matters and well understood how difficult they could be. So when it came time to file my own claim for disability I knew I had to get the best legal advice possible. After an hour speaking with Terry Coleman, I knew I'd be in good hands with Pillsbury & Coleman, and I was not disappointed in any respect. They walked me through each step of the claim process and helped me avoid the many potential pitfalls of communicating with my insurers. Due in large part to their care, diligence and skill, my claims were accepted by my insurers with little fuss. If I were ever to have difficulties with them in the future, I wouldn't hesitate to pick up the phone and call Pillsbury & Coleman." Partner, Global Law Firm

"Sparring with the vast resources of an insurance company over a thorny landslide property claim is never easy. But P&L outmaneuvered the insurance company in our case at every turn. So much so, the insurance company ended up paying our entire claim, our attorney's fees and interest. We could not have been more delighted with the representation we received." Bay Area Residents

"When we reached the point when our health insurer would no longer be reasonable in our efforts to get contracted for life-saving medical treatment for our 4-year old child, the emotional toll was devastating. At the end of our first meeting, we absolutely knew that we were in the best possible hands, and had given our child the best chance for success. Every interaction since that first meeting has shown that to be true. Arnie and his staff are different than any other lawyers you'll ever meet -- they truly care about our family. They work unbelievably hard, and utilize their unmatched experience and creativity in making every effort to help us remedy the harm our health insurer has caused our family." Mark and Kim Zembsch

"I lost my Tahoe home, many of my household possessions and my cat in a terrifying Christmas Eve fire. The insurance company I relied on to help me rebuild used junk science to falsely blame me for the blaze and deny coverage. The attorneys at Pillsbury & Coleman exposed the insurance company's false accusations, and the resolution they negotiated in my case was ample vindication. Going through a lawsuit with Arnie as your lawyer is like playing high-stakes chess with Bobby Fischer telling you what moves to make. He is the ultimate expert." Barbara Bylenga

"I knew I was in the right place during our first meeting. They were intelligent, hardworking and concerned. As my case had to be tried in court, I saw skill and brilliance at work. I feel fortunate that they took my case." R. H. Chapman, MD

"Whenever we have had complex insurance issues particularly those involving litigation, we rely on Pillsbury & Coleman. This firm is the class of the field and has always delivered positive results. In my opinion there is no other choice." David H. Bateman President & CEO Evans & Sutherland

"After suffering a severe brain trauma, I was approved by my doctors to go on full-time disability. My insurance company, however, stopped paying my benefits well short of the duration promised by my policy, and given the importance of the benefits to me, I decided to seek legal help. Pillsbury & Coleman guided me through the complex ERISA laws and got me back on claim. I truly believe that I would not have won my appeal without Pillsbury & Coleman's help." Jeff Shattuck

"The University of California frequently encounters complicated insurance issues which require the best, most reliable and cost-effective representation in the state. Every time we rely on Pillsbury & Coleman, they come through for us. Through trial to verdict, the attorneys at Pillsbury & Coleman have proven themselves every time. This is why Pillsbury & Coleman has become our "go to" firm for insurance coverage matters." Eric K. Behrens Office of the General Counsel The Regents of the University of California

"From my very first dealings with this firm, it was clear I was in highly capable hands. My complex case was handled expertly at every step by compassionate attorneys and staff who relentlessly built the strongest case possible. I am lucky I found them. I came out of a case with a big insurance company with my integrity intact and the knowledge that they could never push me around. Allowing me to take this with me as I move on in life is really the greatest thing Pillsbury did for me." Michael Keating

"Pillsbury & Coleman recently handled a sensitive and difficult professional liability case for our company with tact and great success. P&L's lawyers came up to speed quickly and convinced the insurance company to come to the table. Before P&L was hired, the insurance company refused to fund a proposed settlement at the level we believed was appropriate. Within a very short time frame after P&L was hired, the insurance company ended up paying everything we said it owed and we did not have to go out of pocket at all. This was a great result that helped stabilize our company through a delicate time. We recommend P&L without reservation." Managing Partner Northern California Law Firm

"Pillsbury & Coleman is my family's choice of coverage counsel and has been for years. P&L handled complicated "bet the farm" cases involving property coverage issues for us with persistence and intelligence. We are thoroughly impressed with their consistent results -- 100% coverage in every case." Al Kaplan

"After I severely injured my back in the line of duty as a police officer, I was initially somewhat reassured to know that I had a disability insurance policy which would replace a portion of my lost income. However, I was faced with financial ruin when my insurer suddenly terminated my benefits even though my doctors all agreed I could not do any full-time work. Terry Coleman threw himself into my case in a way that was above and beyond the call of duty. As soon as they took my case, it was obvious to me they were going to doggedly pursue justice for me to the very end, and they did. Not only were they aggressive trial advocates, I consider them like family for all that they have done. I am truly grateful for what they did for me and my family." Brandi Macias Retired Police Officer, City of Fremont

"It is a rare to have a premier firm lend its top-flight insurance expertise to a client other firms would ignore. Celia Jackson and Vedica Puri deftly crafted a solution and settlement within a very tight time window and budget for a smaller business facing huge legal and financial risks. Having worked over two decades as a private attorney and now in-house, I was impressed by their professionalism, acumen and integrity." Bay Area Company

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