Josiah Coleman has a family history of public service, as he is the son of Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Thomas A. Coleman and the grandson of Governor and Fifth Circuit Judge J.P. Coleman. In addition, his mother, Dr. Frances Coleman, dedicated 30 years to instructing Mississippi’s students as a public school teacher in Choctaw County.
Over the last 10 to 15 years, many people in Mississippi have devoted themselves to making sure that Mississippi's courts are fair and impartial, and Coleman, as a Supreme Court Justice, will act with diligence and impartiality to ensure their work continues to last.
Coleman grew up on his grandfather’s farm where he was first introduced to hard work and perseverance, leading him to graduate valedictorian from Ackerman High School. He attended The University of Mississippi, where he graduated cum laude and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Philosophy in 1995. Upon graduation, he worked for the Mississippi Secretary of State. Later he attended and graduated from The University of Mississippi School of Law, where he served as Treasurer of the Moot Court Board.
Experience & Accomplishments
After graduating from law school in 1999, Coleman clerked for United States Magistrate Judge Allan Alexander. Following his clerkship, Coleman entered private practice. His practice has emphasized defense litigation, including the defense of physicians, hospitals, businesses and individuals throughout Mississippi. He currently works for the Oxford firm of Hickman, Goza, & Spragins.
Coleman is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, Lafayette County Bar Association, American Inns of Court, Pontotoc County Firefighters Association and has been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, all United States District Courts in the state and all State Courts in Mississippi.
He resides in Toccopola in Pontotoc County where he is an active volunteer firefighter and a Deacon at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Oxford. Coleman is married to the former Ashleigh Burke, and they have one daughter, Merrimac.