James W. Coleman is an Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas. He received two degrees from Harvard University—a J.D. and B.A. in biology.
After law school he practiced energy and appellate law in the Washington, D.C. firm of Sidley Austin. Before SMU, he taught at the University of Calgary's law school and business school. He also served the provincial government as part of the Alberta Royalty Review expert panel, which reformed and modernized management of Alberta's vast oil and gas resources. Before Calgary, he served on the faculty at Harvard Law School as a Lecturer on Law. Professor Coleman's scholarship explores how global energy companies respond to competing pressures from investors and regulators in multiple jurisdictions.
Professor Coleman teaches Oil & Gas Law, Energy Law, International Petroleum Transactions & Energy Development, and Energy Transport and Trade. He publishes the Energy Law Professor blog (energylawprof.com), and is one of the founders of the Energy Tradeoffs project, (energytradeoffs.com). He can be found on Twitter @EnergyLawProf.