Ilona Coleman

Ilona serves as our office’s Deputy Legal Director where she supervises attorneys in legal writing and research and litigation of complex and novel legal issues.  She is also responsible for keeping the office up-to-date on legal developments, conducting trainings and supervising bail writs and appeals.  Additionally, Ilona is a member of the Forensic Practice Group as our office’s identification expert.  In connection with this role, she has done extensive litigation concerning identification evidence; conducts CLE trainings on mis-identification issues; and consults with experts in the field.  Prior to becoming a public defender, Ilona worked for several years as a litigation associate with a law firm in Manhattan.  While at the firm, she handled both criminal and civil litigation matters with a focus on white collar and securities litigation.  She spearheaded the creation of a permanent externship program between the firm and the Legal Aid Society, which the Society has expanded to partner with other firms.  Due to her efforts, Ilona was a recipient of the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Award in 2007.