About Us


The legal system can be challenging and overwhelming – whether you find yourself involved in civil or criminal litigation or whether you simply need advice to avoid legal disputes and plan for the future. Let our attorneys give you the guidance you need.



John Carlson has been practicing law with Spears, Carlson, and Coleman law firm since 2004. John was born and raised in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin La Crosse before attending law school at the University of South Dakota. He is also a member of the Minnesota Bar. John has represented clients across Northwestern Wisconsin and Minnesota in several areas, including general civil litigation, real estate, business, municipal and zoning, estate planning, guardianships, probate, contracts, and family law. John is also admitted and has practiced in Federal Court, including the Western District of Wisconsin and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. John is an active member of the community assisting local non-profit organizations with their legal needs. John enjoys spending time with his family outside of work, skiing, biking, and traveling.


Linda Coleman

Linda Coleman is a partner with Spears, Carlson & Coleman. She attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison for her undergraduate and legal education, graduating from the UW Law School Magna Cum Laude in 2012. A native of Northern Wisconsin, she chose to move back to the area when she began her legal career. Linda practices in a variety of areas, including family law, estate planning, personal injury, complex civil litigation, municipal litigation, and criminal law. She has appeared in circuit court cases in more than 10 counties, as well as before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She has also participated in federal court cases and is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin as well as the United States Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Attorney Coleman is an active member of the community, serving on the board for the Washburn Community Education Foundation as well as in various roles with Messiah Lutheran Church in Washburn. Outside of work, Linda enjoys spending time with her husband and children, skiing, canoeing, hiking, and fishing.