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

Environmental, Mass Torts & Land Use

Mr. Cole understands the current water, land, and green technology issues the facing the Southeast. He works with local government entities to plan, permit and implement solutions to provide long-term reliable water resources to the citizens of those communities.

His Representative Public Water Supply Projects include:
• Hickory Log Creek Reservoir (City of Canton and Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority, Cherokee County, Georgia). Primary client contact during implementation of the permit conditions. Handled preparation of permit documentation, negotiated permit conditions and permit modifications, prepared land acquisition documents and assisted permitees with land acquisition and permit compliance. Section 404 permit granted in 2004.

• Bear Creek Reservoir (Newton County, Georgia). Handled development of the permit application, drafted analysis of water supply alternatives, managed acquisition of property for the reservoir and for the compensatory mitigation. (permit pending)

• Hard Labor Creek Reservoir (Walton County Water & Sewerage Authority, Walton County, Georgia). Drafted regional analysis of project alternatives, negotiated permit conditions and handled land acquisition matters. Section 404 permit granted in 2004.

• Lake McIntosh (Fayette County, Georgia). Handled permit preparation and acquired compensatory mitigation property. Section 404 permit granted in 2007.


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


“Dental Transitions from the Buying Professionals Perspective,” The Dental College of Georgia,
April 20, 2016
“Dental Transitions from the Buying Professionals Perspective,” The Dental College of Georgia,
March 31, 2016
“Buying into a Practice: From the Dentist’s Side,” Georgia Academy of General Dentistry –
Annual Symposium, January 30, 2016
“Dental Bites-The Legal Issues You Don’t Know Can Bite You,” November 14, 2013
“Dental Bites-The Legal Issues You Don’t Know Can Bite You,” September 26, 2013
Coosa River Basin Initiative’s Annual Meeting, “The Role of Reservoirs” - Panel Speaker, 2012
Alabama Water Resources Conference, 2012
Georgia Water Resources Conference, “Interbasin Transfers of Water”, 2011
Georgia Chamber of Commerce Environmental Conference, “Water Supply Reservoirs in
Georgia” - Panel Speaker, 2011
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, 2010


Construction Law Compendium, 2015

"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"

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