Claire Coleman is counsel on the Democratic staff of the Oversight & Government Reform Committee, where she conducts investigations, proposes regulatory and legislative reform, and prepares hearings on many areas of government policy and business practice. In the 112th Congress she was the Committee’s liaison to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight & Government Spending. During the 111th Congress, she was counsel on the Committee’s Domestic Policy Subcommittee.
Coleman came to Washington after serving as a Deputy Voter Protection Coordinator for the Obama Campaign for Change in Indiana. Previously she was a litigation associate at two highly regarded law firms in New York, Brune & Richard LLP and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where she conducted investigations and litigated a wide range of federal commercial, civil, and white-collar criminal cases. Coleman also litigated several prisoners’ rights claims as Sullivan & Cromwell’s Pro Bono Fellow, and was a member of the Civil Rights Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. From 2003 to 2004, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Ellen Bree Burns, Senior United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut.
Coleman graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law and was elected to the Order of the Coif in 2003. She earned her undergraduate degree in Government from Cornell University. Between college and law school, Coleman served as a Team Leader for the Americorps National Civilian Community Corps.