Jonathan H. Colman has been practicing law in California since 1980 and is the managing attorney for Colman Law Group. He is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating for lawyers in the United States.
In addition to an active civil litigation practice, Jon began specializing in the investigation and litigation of suspect claims in 1986, a concentration on which he has continued to focus. His practice has included the defense and investigation of a wide variety of suspect insurance claims including MIST (minimum impact soft tissue automobile losses), premises liability (slip and fall, food-foreign objects), first and third party automobile claims (including uninsured motorist and staged accidents) and automobile theft and arson (examinations under oath).
Jon has represented numerous insurance carriers in first party claims (commercial, homeowners, rental, watercraft, jewelry) including property, arson, business interruption and suspicious mold claims.
A recognized expert in the field of SIU claims and procedures, Jon has testified as an expert witness on SIU procedures and before the California State Assembly on the scope and purpose of the examination under oath. He lectures extensively throughout the United States on matters relating to the evaluation and investigation of suspect claims including examinations under oath, automobile theft, arson, suspect medical and chiropractic treatment and the avoidance of “bad faith” in the investigation of first party claims.
Previously a Judge Pro Tem, arbitrator, mediator and special referee, Jon is presently on the panel of CRASH voluntary settlement officers for the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Throughout his legal career, in addition to the defense of general liability claims, he has firstchaired countless jury trials, arbitrations and mediations involving suspect losses of all types including unlawfully-operated medical facilities clinics, illegal and upcoded medical billings, suspect chiropractic and medical treatment, staged automobile accidents and staged slip-and-fall incidents.
Jon currently serves as Vice President of the Southern California Fraud Investigators Association. In the past, he served as Panel Counsel for the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) and also drafted Anti-Trust Guidelines for the IASIU Southern California Chapter, while serving as its first General Counsel. He was an original faculty member of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Special Investigation Academy, creating and teaching the course entitled “Fraud and the Legal Profession.”
Jon obtained his undergraduate degree from U.C.L.A. in 1975. After a two-year stint living at Mammoth and skiing, he attended law school and received his juris doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law in 1980. He joined Gilbert, Kelly, Crowley and Jennett as a law clerk and was made a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He established his own law firm in 1992.
Civil Litigation and Trials
First and Third Party SIU Investigations
Examinations Under Oath
Water Mitigation Fraud
Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1980
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., cum laude, 1975
State Bar of California
United States District Court of California (Central and Eastern Districts)
United States Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit)
Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
International Association of Special Investigation Units – Legal Advocate
Southern California Fraud Investigators Association (SCFIA)
Northern California Fraud Investigators Association (NCFIA)