Alan has had the privilege of servicing his clients in the practice of law in Kentucky and Indiana, since his return to Louisville after three years in the Marine Corps. Alan has an Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida State University, where he had a Double Major in Philosophy and History. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, College of Law in 1967, Alan served in U.S. Marine Corps as the Chief Prosecutor and then as the Chief Defense Counsel for the Third Marine Division. Upon completion of his military service he returned to Louisville and began practicing in the fall of 1970, as a solo practitioner. He is licensed to practice in Kentucky and Indiana and is admitted to practice before the Federal Courts in both states and the United States Supreme Court. He has been granted a lifetime honorary membership in the Kentucky Bar Association. In recognition of Professional Achievement he was granted the honorary title of Senior Counselor.
While he has had extensive experience in many areas of general practice, the primary areas of law in which he has worked have been in litigation of Personal Injury cases, including wrongful death cases, Domestic Relations, and Criminal Defense cases. He has also assisted clients by preparing their Wills and filing for Probate of Estates.
Alan is married to Patricia Roles. They have one child and two grandchildren. Over the years Alan has been actively involved in very various community organizations, including the Louisville Jaycees, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors and the Louisville Kiwanis Club. He was also on the Board of Directors of the YMCA Shelter House, which is now known as "Safe Place", as well as on the Board of Directors of the Metro YMCA and was President of the YMCA Camp Piomingo Board. He is a Kentucky Colonel. He has been active in leadership roles in various churches to which he has belonged. He has also been involved as an adult leader in two different Cub Scout packs. He served as Secretary of the Louisville Sail & Power Squadron and is currently on the Board of the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations, where he serves as Membership Chairman.
Before cracking a book in law school, Chris had seven years of experience in a demanding legal environment. His first job out of college was as a researcher at an engineering firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. His company defended car manufacturers in airbag, rollover, and related automobile lawsuits. Now, as a plaintiff's,civil rights, and criminal defense attorney, he defends real people and knows how the other side thinks.
Chris moved back to Louisville and obtained his law degree from the University of Louisville, at the same time earning a Masters degree in English. While his journeys have taken him far and wide, Chris has never strayed far from his roots. As a teenager, he delivered newspapers for the Courier-Journal, paying his way through high school. Although he devoted his early professional career to defending large corporations, the call for justice got louder as he began to practice law.
As a public defender, he represented clients in more than a thousand cases, taking a misdemeanor drug charge to trial, and second-chairing a murder case. Since then as a private attorney, he has co-counseled a medical malpractice trial as well as a 19-count Class A Felony criminal trial in the state of Indiana.
His life experience has molded him into a fearless and aggressive advocate for people who are taken advantage of or injured, whether it is physical injury, consumer protection, civil rights, discrimination, or vindicating clients who are accused of committing crimes. Outside the office, family is number one for Chris. He is an avid fan of the University of Louisville Cardinals.
He is admitted to practice in Kentucky, Indiana, and the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern District of Kentucky, as well as the the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In 2013, Aaron accepted a position with the law firms of Coleman, Roles & Associates in Louisville, KY. Since arriving at Coleman, Aaron was named to the National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 in 2015 and Top 10 Under 40 in 2016. Also in 2016, Aaron founded the Old Louisville Lawyer’s Association with fellow litigators in the neighborhood. He also serves as the youngest board member and is actively involved in the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations.
A proud Kentuckian, Aaron grew up in Louisville and spent his summers at his grandparents’ in Eastern Kentucky. After graduating from Ballard High School, Aaron “Piano Man” Kemper attended the University of Kentucky, where he majored in Economics and minored in Piano Performance. In 2006, Aaron graduated at the top of his class and went on to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Law. While in law school, Aaron worked with the firm Robbins, Kelly Patterson, & Tucker, specializing in civil defense work. He also interned with the Honorable Steve Martin at the Ohio Court of Common Pleas. But despite working and attending school in Ohio, Aaron always remained a Kentuckian, living in Northern Kentucky. He now boasts that he has lived in all the major population centers of Kentucky – Louisville, Lexington, and Northern Kentucky.
After earning his law degree, Aaron clerked for the Honorable Miguel Camacho of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. Many lawyers work as judicial clerks after law school graduation. But few work as a judicial clerk in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He credits his time at this small but bustling court with giving him the opportunity to hone both his legal skills and his people skills – two essential necessities for any great attorney.
Aaron is asked on a weekly basis if he wishes he were still in the warm sun of the islands. Aaron always answers that he loves Louisville and also that like every good tale of long travels and adventure, the answer involves romance. Aaron’s wife and fellow lawyer, Chan Jones, a native Virgin Islander, works in Frankfort, KY for the Legislative Research Commission. “By introducing Chan to Kentucky,” says Aaron, “I was able to take the best of the Virgin Islands with me. She is all the sunshine I need.”
These two lovebirds also write a blog together and can usually be seen walking through the Highlands Neighborhood. Aaron can also be seen playing jazz piano, a passion that he believes helps him perform as a litigator since the best litigators are often performers.
With a true dedication to justice and a passion for serving the citizens of our community, Joel Zimmerman brings experience in both law and politics to Coleman, Roles & Associates. A relentless litigator, Joel remains a compassionate and easy to talk counselor to his clients.
Joel focuses his practice on representing plaintiffs, whether they are injured, discriminated against, wrongfully terminated, or otherwise taken advantage of. In addition, Joel represents small businesses, landlords and tenants, as well as criminal defendants. Joel began clerking for Coleman, Roles & Associates while in law school, and joined the firm as an attorney upon being admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 2016. Joel joined the Indiana Bar in 2017 and is admitted to practice before the federal courts in both Indiana and Kentucky. Joel has served as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at Jefferson Community and Technical College since 2016.
A Louisville native and Ballard High School graduate, Joel received his Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 2016, graduating magna cum laude. While in law school, he received the Book Award for achieving the highest grade in his legal writing class. Joel obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in 2005, graduating early with a double major in history and religion.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Joel enjoyed a successful career in politics and government affairs, where he worked closely with elected officials such as Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway. Joel traveled throughout Kentucky, building relationships not only with politicians and business leaders, but ordinary citizens across our Commonwealth. Joel began his political career in Washington, D.C., where he was an advisor to several congressional candidates throughout the south. He also served as Director of Government Affairs and Marketing for The Kidz Club, a Kentucky based healthcare company providing daycare services to medically fragile children.
Joel is currently a member of the Kentucky Justice Association, Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations, and Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Joel was twice appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 30th Judicial Circuit and District of Kentucky by Governor Beshear, serving from 2012 to 2017.