Mr. Cole is a partner in the Nashville office of Hall Booth Smith, P.C. A Nashville native, Mr. Cole received both his B.A. and J. D. from the University of Virginia. He has practiced for over 25 years in state and federal courts throughout Tennessee. Mr. Cole has extensive experience in a wide range of cases, including class actions, products liability and employment cases, and construction and commercial disputes. He has tried numerous cases as well as handled arbitration and mediations. Mr. Cole has worked extensively for clients in the health care industry. His reported decisions include the successful constitutional challenge to the funding of Tennessee public schools.
Representative Reported Decisions:
• Anderson v. Primesource Building Products, Inc., 2008 WL 4186186, E.D. Tenn. (dismissal of product liability class action)
• Rhew v. Norandal USA, Inc., 2008 WL 961590, E.D. Ark. (summary judgment for employer on ERISA claim)
• Rust v. Southern Environmental Contractors, Inc., 2008 WL 544660 (summary judgment for majority shareholder in corporate liquidation)
• Cambio Health Solutions, LLC v. Sloate, 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 14551 and Cambio Health Solutions, LLC v. Reardon, 228 F. Supp.2d 883 (2002) (effect of arbitration clauses in executive employment agreements)
• Healthtrust, Inc. v. Usher, M.D. Tenn. 2000 (summary judgment for class of retired employees as to entitlement to over $180,000,000 in retirement plan)
• U.S. Fire Ins. Co. v. Vanderbilt University, 828 Fed. Supp. 3d 788, M.D. Tenn. 2000 (summary judgment for insurer over damages paid from secret 1940's radiation experiments)
• Tennessee Small School Systems v. McWherter, 851 S.W.2d 139 (Tenn. 1993) (finding Tennessee's funding of public school systems violated the State Constitution)
Mr. Cole has handled numerous real estate and lending transactions for corporate financing, development properties and medical office buildings. He has provided opinion letters in loan transactions of all sizes. He had addressed complicated title issues from transaction through litigation stages.