Admissions Committee, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Divison 2005 - Present
Austin Ed Fund f/n/a Austin Public Education Foundation, 2004 - 2015; Chairman 2008-2015
Capital Area United Way Board of Directors, 2007 - 2012, Board Chair 2010-2012
Austin History Center, Board Member 2006 - 2007
Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board, Appointed by Lieutenant Governor Bill Ratliff, 2001- 2003
Austin Area Urban League, General Counsel, former Board Member and former Chairman of the Board.
City of Austin Urban Renewal Agency, Commissioner 1997-2001, 2006 - 2010
Texas Bar Foundation, 2001-
College of the State Bar of Texas, 2001
Austin Bar Association
Austin Black Lawyers Association
Robert W. Calvert Chapter of the American Inns of Court, 1996-1999
City of Austin Community Development Commission, 1997- 2000
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Cole worked as a Certified Public Accountant in Houston, Texas, his hometown. While in his third year of law school, Mr. Cole served as a teaching quiz master (legal research and writing instructor for the first year law students) at the University of Texas School of Law in 1989-90. After law school, he served as a briefing attorney to the Honorable Jack Hightower, a Texas Supreme Court Justice.
Mr. Cole initially worked as a litigator for the law firm of Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan,Kever & McDaniel, L.L.P., in Austin, Texas, where he focused his practice on civil rights, and labor and employment litigation representing government employers. In January 1998, he became a partner at Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Kever & McDaniel, L.L.P.
Mr. Cole joined Wickliff & Hall, P.C., in September 1999 to manage its Austin Office.
Mr. Cole formed Cole & Powell, P.C. on May 1, 2002 and that entity began doing business as The Cole Law Firm on March 1, 2008. Mr. Cole has a variety of experience in handling trials, appeals, civil service proceedings, and administrative matters involving race, gender, national origin, and age discrimination; sexual harassment; retaliation for protected activities; wrongful discharge; overtime pay; and a number of employment related torts, such as negligent supervision, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Mr. Cole is married to Sheryl Nelson Cole, who is also an attorney who formerly work as a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Cole also practices as Sheryl Cole & Associates. They have three sons.