Meet Attorney Coleman Sylvan

Coleman Sylvan

Former Prosecutor With 13+ Years of Legal Experience

Early Education

Coleman Sylvan was born and raised in Dallas, Texas but was drawn to the Atlanta area after spending a great deal of time there visiting friends and family. Coleman spent four years in Greenville, SC attending Furman University before heading back to Texas and to attend law school at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.

From early on, Coleman had a passion for trial work and this desire was further solidified while in law school. He wanted a practice that would allow him to spend as much time as possible in a courtroom and in front of juries. After discussing his options with professors and local attorneys, Coleman determined that the best way to accomplish his goals was to become a prosecutor after graduation.

Experience as a Prosecutor

Coleman became a prosecutor in September of 2005 and tried his first case as lead counsel within a week. It didn’t take long for him to realize he had made the right choice for his career. As a misdemeanor prosecutor Coleman was in trial on almost a weekly basis trying cases like DWI, DUI, Assault, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana and Theft Cases, just to name a few. Along with taking cases to trial, Coleman handled thousands of cases that resulted in plea bargains. Among his other duties was to investigate the cases assigned to him, meet with witnesses and victims as well police officers from every agency in the area.

After a short time as a misdemeanor prosecutor Coleman was promoted to Misdemeanor Chief where he was placed in charge of newer prosecutors. Part of his duties as a Chief was to train these new prosecutors on how to prepare and present a case, as well as training Police Officers on what types of evidence to collect and how to testify in Court. Coleman’s continued success in court resulted in quickly being promoted to felony prosecutor.

As a felony prosecutor Coleman handled nearly every type of case there is from, felony DWI, Possession of a Controlled Substance including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy, and prescription pills. Coleman also handled theft, fraud, evading in a motor vehicle, arson, assault, assault of a peace officer, aggravated assault, robbery, sexual assault, sexual assault of a child and several murder trials including capital murder. He was involved in every aspect of these cases from investigation to plea negotiations all the way to a jury trial and on several occasions through the appellate process. As a felony prosecutor Coleman spent a year working for the white-collar crime division. This unit handled the complex white-collar cases brought into the office. These cases included mortgage fraud, securities fraud, and complex theft cases. This was a very specialized unit that dealt only with the largest most complex cases.

Becoming a Criminal Defense Attorney

Over his six and a half years working as a prosecutor Coleman handled thousands of cases and was involved in over 150 jury trials and well over 100 trials before the court. After handling the amount and types of cases that he did Coleman felt it was time to start a new chapter in his life.

After leaving the office Coleman partnered with one of his former co-workers Brock Duke, forming Sylvan & Duke, P.C. Coleman and Brock decided to join forces because they believed their extensive experience and time spent with the District Attorney’s office allows them a unique perspective with which to help their clients.

Opening The Sylvan Firm, LLC

After much success on the defense side, Coleman decided it was time to make his move to Atlanta, where he brings his extensive trial work and knowledge of criminal law to help those who have been accused of breaking the law in Cobb County. This extensive track record of work and knowledge has earned him admittance to the Federal Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Having handled virtually every type of case there is Coleman knows what to look for in the investigation as well as knowing how the prosecutors with most likely present their case, thus allowing him to counter the claims being made in order to secure the best results for his clients.

The Sylvan Firm, LLC represents individuals throughout Atlanta, including Cobb County and Gwinnett County. To schedule your free consultation, contact us at (888) 228-2775 today.

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