Ilona Coleman

Ilona serves as BxD’s Legal Director for the Criminal Defense Practice (CDP), where she supervises attorneys in legal writing and research, and in litigation of complex and novel legal issues. She is also responsible for keeping the office updated 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 Continuing Legal Education 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 Manhattan-based law firm. While there, 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 since 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.