William T. Coleman, Jr. is a senior partner and the senior counselor in O’Melveny’s Washington, DC office. He joined the Firm in 1977, after serving as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the Ford Administration. Prior thereto, he had been an active practitioner in a Philadelphia law firm, and before that at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City.
Coleman graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1941 and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1946.
Law Clerk, Honorable Herbert F. Goodrich, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; Honorable Felix Frankfurter, U.S. Supreme Court
Member, Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission and Council on Foreign Relations
Former Member, Board of Overseers of Harvard University; Boards of Directors of: AMAX, Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A., Chase Manhattan Corporation, CIGNA Corporation, IBM Corporation, Pan American World Airways, Penn Mutual Insurance, PepsiCo., Inc., Philadelphia Electric Company, and New American Holdings (now Washington Mutual Bank)
Board of Trustees, Carnegie Institution of Washington; Brookings Institution; Philadelphia Museum of Art (Vice President); New York City Ballet, Inc.; Board of Directors of the National Symphony Orchestra; Trustee Council, National Gallery of Art, Advisory Director, Metropolitan Opera