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Cole, a Senior Litigation Attorney who joined the firm in 2017, counsels and defends the interests of businesses, professionals, and highly compensated executives on employment law issues. In the public sector, he protects the interest of first responders and government employee unions, 501(c)3 benevolent organizations, and pension funds. He has successfully represented clients before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, special magistrates, arbitrators, and mediators.

Before joining Donnelly + Gross, Cole served two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Philip R. Lammens, Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in the Ocala Division. There, he handled matters pertaining to employment discrimination, breach of contract disputes, wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, retirement litigation, civil rights, and constitutional law issues. This experience gave Cole special insight into the judicial decision-making process, which benefits his practice.

Cole has significant legal writing and publication experience, including working as an editor of the Florida Law Review and publishing three articles in that journal. He graduated magna cum laude, fourth in his class, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law where he received seven book awards by setting the curve in those courses.

In his first career, Cole ran a successful farrier business that served North Central Florida and surrounding counties.

Community

  • City of Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Gainesville, Class 45