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James Walter Cole

Education Attorney at Rochester, NY

4.2   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2008
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Education
    Representing Parents & Students in disciplinary hearings, issues of bullying, special education, and a variety of other areas. Also representing teachers, administrators, and school staff in criminal matters both related and unrelated to their employment.

    9 years, 25 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Representing individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony Driving While Intoxicated BAC 0.08%, BAC 0.18%, Refusal to Take a Breath Test, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol, Driving While Ability Impaired by the Combined Influence of Drugs and/or Alcohol, and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated w/ a Passenger Under 15 Years Old.

    17 years, 2,500 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    Representing individuals investigated for and charged with various misdemeanor and felony offenses including Larceny, Assault, Domestic Violence, Drug Possession, Mischief, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Harassment, and Burglary.

    9 years, 100 cases

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Representing individuals charged with every type of traffic offense, including transportation law violations, including speeding, cell phone tickets, red light tickets, and many more.

    17 years, 2,000 cases

The Law Office of James Cole, PLLC is dedicated to representing the interests of individuals in a variety of areas, including School Law, Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, and Traffic Tickets.  

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The Law Office of James Cole, PLLC
125 State St Ste 300
Rochester, NY, 14614-1319


4.2 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very happy with the outcome
I hired James Cole after deciding that I was not comfortable with the previous attorney I had hired. Just by talking to James on the phone, I already felt so much relief and confident in him. After meeting with him I made the switch ASAP. He put in more work in two weeks than my previously attorney did in 3 months and got my exactly the outcome I was hoping for. I was very pleased with his work and would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
I have had the fortunate and unfortunate experience approximately six times in my 50 plus years of life working directly with attorneys for various reasons . In most cases I found them all to be so overwhelmed with cases they didn't respond in a timely manner or communicate well, if you aren't the one making them money at the time you will likely be pushed aside. This was NOT our experience with Jame Cole. Right from our first phone call he had a sense of urgency to our case, he was quick to respond, very thorough in his explanation and evaluation of the situation. He possesses a calm and well educated demeanor. He works well with the legal system and local Judges and is respected by his peers . If we ever need to hire an attorney or are asked to recommend one James Cole will be the one .
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Posted by David | April 8, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Great attorney!
Mr. Cole was our attorney on a DWI and was able to get the prosecutor to reduce the charge to a DWAI eventhough my son had a 0.17% BAC, hit another car, and left the scene of the car crash. He was thorough, understanding, and always made himself available to answer our questions. Worth every penny!
Posted by Shawna | September 14, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Wonderful Attorney who is not only informative and extremely helpful but is also the rare honest nice guy, who returns your calls imediately as if you and your case is important. He helped me out with a ticket in a very small town in Wyoming county and consider him the best lawyer in New York!
Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
An empty suit!
He's punctual and he shows up. If you want representation, look elsewhere. When the hearing finally occurred, he encouraged me to take a plea of guilty to all the charges instead of going to trial to contest a trumped up charge. I was totally stressed and unfortunately followed his advice giving up my day in court. He was paid. I was not represented.
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of James Cole, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Monroe County District Attorney Office
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Nassau County District Attorney's Office
  • 2007 - 2012


  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • State University of New York, College at Geneseo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. T.C.
  • All charges dismissed


  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Commendation
  • Monroe County District Attorney
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Justice Class
  • Criminal Justice
  • 2015
  • Choices & Consequences
  • DWI
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse James
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having known Jim for ~20 years, I would recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney within his areas of focus. He is detailed, hard-working and and will always provide direct and knowledgeable advice to his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cole is a hardworking, experienced, and talented attorney. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've gotten to see him in court over the years both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. Extremely hard working, knowledgeable, and personal."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to see James in court on several occasions. He is professional, knowledgeable, and has always appeared to be well-prepared. I would not hesitate to recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Based upon my interactions with Jim, it is clear that he is knowledgable, prompt to respond to questions and concerns as well as very experienced as a criminal defense attorney. Based upon my experiences with him I would highly recommend him."
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