Cole helps his clients solve problems. He has over a dozen years of experience representing businesses and individuals in a wide variety of business disputes and transactions. He works hard to understand his clients’ business goals in order to deliver excellent results, whether through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or trial. He also creatively works with his clients to identify and manage risks and develop strategies to avoid lawsuits.
His litigation practice includes representing business clients in an array of complex commercial matters, including breach of contract, partnership disputes/disputes among business owners, non-compete and non-solicitation violations, theft of trade secrets, business torts, fraud and real estate/construction disputes. A portion of his litigation practice is devoted to the representation of multilevel marketing/direct sales companies and top distributors in lawsuits concerning cross-recruiting, non-competition, non-solicitation, violations of policies and procedures and sales organization raiding.
In addition to his litigation practice, Cole draws on his business acumen to assist clients with their general corporate needs. This often means preparing legal documents to match his clients’ business strategies, whether organizing a company for a new venture, drafting a critical contract on short notice or advising a company on an acquisition.
While he is based in Nashville, Cole has served as counsel to clients in courts and arbitration forums throughout Tennessee and across the country, including Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina and Texas.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star in Business Litigation||Super Lawyers||2018|
|Rising Star in Business Litigation||Super Lawyers||2017|
|Rising Star in Business Litigation||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Rising Star in Business Litigation||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Rising Star In Business Litigation||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Eagle Scout||Boy Scouts of America||N/A|
|Partner||Thompson Burton PLLC||2013 - Present|
|Partner||Cornelius & Collins, LLP||2005 - 2012|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Tennessee Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Nashville Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Williamson County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|University of Tennessee College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)||BS - Bachelor of Science||2001|
|2015 Tennessee Business Law Conference||Piercing the Corporate Veil in Tennessee||2015|
|Piercing the Corporate Veil in Tennessee: What Your Business Clients MUST Know||Piercing the Corporate Veil||2014|
|Medical Records Law||Medical records law/HIPAA||N/A|
|Lewis v. Humboldt Acquisition Corp., 681 F.3d 312 (6th Cir. 2012)|
|Lewis v. Humboldt Acquisition Corp., 634 F.3d 879 (6th Cir. 2011)|
|Barna v. Preston Law Group, 2012 WL 1965615 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2012)|
|Black v. Sussman, 2011 WL 2410237 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2011)|
|Minias v. Historic Hotels of Nashville, LLC, 2008 WL 2437734 (M.D. Tenn. 2008)|
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