Rhonda Coleman concentrates her practice on complex commercial transactions with an emphasis on drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, and sports and entertainment. Ms. Coleman has experience negotiating a broad range of agreements within a variety of industries including manufacturing, insurance and consumer products.
In her practice, Ms. Coleman has assisted corporations such as Aon, Caterpillar, and Votorantim Cimentos. Ms. Coleman’s work with Aon included serving as lead on contract negotiations, such as procurement of insurance products for New York University.
She provided extensive legal review of Request for Proposals (RFPs), and advised brokers of legal risks associated with insurance, reinsurance, and benefits administration outsourcing matters within the health and benefits practice. Her key involvement in Aon mergers and acquisitions allowed her to work with acquired corporations in establishing new policies compatible to Aon corporate policies, reviewing acquired corporation client agreements, & assisting with porting client agreements over.
Ms. Coleman’s work with Caterpillar and VCNA included drafting and negotiating a range of commercial agreements in the procurement and selling of goods and services, including master services agreements, purchase orders, non-disclosure agreements and software licensing agreements.
On the sports and entertainment side she has worked with Fox Entertainment’s subsidiary Big Ten Network, the Saint Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis, assisting them in their mission to put chess into mainstream U.S. culture as a spectator sport, and she also represents the third-highest rated chess player of all time. On behalf of the player she negotiates international and stateside professional chess tournament agreements. She also manages building the player’s brand which includes negotiating sponsorship deals and gaming industry contracts. With Big Ten Network, she had routine contact with major talent agencies such as IMG, drafting and negotiating talent agreements. In addition, she worked on TV production agreements, marketing agreements between the Network and Big Ten Universities, and provided compliance counseling and implemented solutions regarding music copyright and government agency issues.
Ms. Coleman received her undergraduate degree in English from Christian Brothers University in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, with a Master’s of Arts from the University of Memphis. She earned her J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago and was admitted to the bar in 2013. She has also studied at Beijing’s University of International Business and Economics and at the University of Granada in Spain. While at Loyola, she worked in the Federal Tax Clinic and published in and was an editor of the Consumer Law Review. She is currently working on an LLM degree in International Competition Law from Loyola.
Ms. Coleman is a board member of the Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls in Chicago. She is also a volunteer for the “Friends of Payton” committee at Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago and at Saint Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. She has served on the board of Legal Prep Charter School. She and her husband, historian Torbjorn Wandel, are the proud parents of three teenagers and reside in Chicago.