Mr. Cole practiced law at the firm now known as Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney, LLP from 1990-2016, before joining McRae Bertschi Cole LLC in 2017 as a shareholder.
Mr. Cole specializes in civil litigation. He has tried to verdict cases in the areas of professional liability, commercial litigation, personal injury, employment, civil rights, product liability, and governmental liability.
He has been counsel of record in 18 reported decisions of the Georgia appellate courts, and the federal courts. Mr. Cole has held leadership roles in the Defense Research Institute, and he is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Cole plans to continue his work at McRae Bertschi Cole, and to expand his practice to include consumer litigation under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and similar statutes.
Mr. Cole is a native of Tucker, Georgia. He earned his undergraduate degree from Auburn University, and his law degree from the University of Georgia.
He has written and presented on several topics, which are outlined on his LinkedIn page.
Representative reported decisions
Canales v. Wilson-Southland Insurance Agency, 261 Ga. App. 529 (2003) (affirming summary judgment in favor of insurance producer in action for failure to procure requested coverage, based on insured’s failure to read policy)
KHD Deutz of Am. Corp. v. Utica Mutual Ins. Co., 220 Ga. App. 194 (1996) (affirming summary judgment in favor of errors and omissions insurer due to claimant’s failure to provide timely notice of claim, regardless whether the insurer was prejudiced by untimely notice)
GC Quality Lubricants v. Doherty, Duggan & Rouse Insurors, 304 Ga. App. 767 (2010) (affirming summary judgment to defendant because plaintiff corporation was administratively dissolved under O.C.G.A. § 14-2-1420 when it filed suit, even though corporation was subsequently reinstated)
Garner & Glover Co. v. Barrett, 321 Ga. App. 205 (2013) (reversing trial court for denying summary judgment, because insurance producer had no duty to notify excess insurance carrier of claim under Georgia law)
Lincoln Electric Co. v. Gaither, 286 Ga. App. 558 (2007) (reversing trial court for its denial of defendants’ motion to sever claims of various plaintiffs, when claims did not arise out of the same transaction, occurrence, or series of transactions or occurrences)
Beal v. Costa, 269 Ga. App. 873 (2004) (affirming jury verdict in favor of seller of viatical products, in part because seller’s motion in limine to exclude evidence of other sales was properly granted)
Gateway Community Service Board v. Bonati, 339 Ga. App. 57 (2016) (reversing trial court for failure to hold hearing on petitioner’s motion for new trial)