Attorney - Scott Cole


Scott Cole
Of Counsel
HBS Atlanta Office

P: (404) 954-6924
F: (404) 954-5020
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Scott Cole joined HBS as Of Counsel and works with several of the firm's practice groups. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Cole has a civil engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and a law degree from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law.

Mr. Cole has over 17 years' experience handling water supply, environmental and local government matters with a focus on acquiring permits under Section 404 of the federal Clean Water Act. His experience includes project management duties; guiding clients through the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and National Historic Preservation Act; drafting persuasive analyses of data; negotiating with regulatory officials; and assisting the client/permittee with permit compliance issues. In this arena, Mr. Cole has been involved in nearly 20 water supply reservoirs and numerous private developments, representing those clients in front of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Mr. Cole has worked as outside counsel to a suburban Atlanta county and local water authority. In that capacity, he drafted and reviewed various contracts, including GDOT and multi-million dollar construction contracts; drafted various ordinances and resolutions; and advised local officials on land acquisition, policy and other matters.

Mr. Cole has been a member of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s Basin Advisory Council for both the Ocmulgee and Chattahoochee River Basins.

Mr. Cole is the Chair of the Environmental Practice Group and a Senior Member of the Transactional Practice Groups.

Practice Areas

Corporate and Partnership

Mr. Cole serves as outside general counsel to numerous private companies and non-profit entities. Mr. Cole works with corporate clients to identify strategic goals and assists them through initial planning, negotiations, and project completion.  He has counseled real estate, environmental, and technology companies through entity formation, project and product development, financing, and the acquisitions and disposition of assets. As general counsel, Mr. Cole has advised clients on non-disclosure agreements, equipment and property leases, freedom of information act requests, master consulting agreements, licensing agreements, and financing agreements.


Vanderbilt University, Bachelors Degree, Civil Engineering
Mercer University School of Law, Juris Doctor


Northern District of Georgia
Georgia Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of Georgia
Northern District of Georgia Bankruptcy
Middle District of Georgia Bankruptcy


Georgia Association of Water Professionals
Smart Growth Newton County Board of Directors
Covington Redevelopment Authority
Republican Leadership for Georgia, 2012 (Treasurer)
Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, 2015
Conservation Policy Leadership Institution, 2014


2012 Coosa River Basin Initiative's Annual Meeting, "The Role of Reservoirs" - Panel Speaker

2012 Alabama Water Resources Conference

2011 Georgia Water Resources Conference, "Interbasin Transfers of Water"

2011 Georgia Chamber of Commerce Environmental Conference, "Water Supply Reservoirs in Georgia" - Panel Speaker

2010 ACCG County Attorneys Breakfast, Update on the Statewide Comprehensive Regional Water Planning Process

2010 Spring Conference for the American Bar Association's Local Government Section, "Interbasin Transfers of Water" - Panel Speaker

2010 CLE on Georgia Water Supply Update


Construction Law Compendium, 2015

2011 Georgia Water Resources Conference 2011, "Interbasin Transfers of Water"

"A year after ruling, our water future is now bright." Atlanta Journal-Contitution. July 14, 2010, Written by Scott Cole and Brad Carver.

2010 Georgia State Bar Environmental Law Section, Summer 2010, "Interbasin Transfers
of Water"

2010 American Bar Association's Local Government Section Journal, "Interbasin Transfers
of Water"