Scott Edward Cole, Esq., President/CEO
“It takes great people to make change. My clients are my motivation for everything I do.”
Mr. Cole is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law (1992), where he served as President of the Labor & Employment Law Society, and San Francisco State University (B.A., Speech Communications: Individual Major in Rhetoric and Minor Study in Business Administration). He is a member of the California State Bar and the State Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section, is admitted to practice before the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern District Courts of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and has prosecuted cases in states including Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as on a nationwide basis.
Mr. Cole has served as a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers (Series 7 Licensed), California’s Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Board of Directors of the American Synergy Center, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the California Employment Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Alameda and Contra Costa County Bar Associations (Vice-Chair of the ACBA’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s Executive Committee, 2009 and 2010) and as a U.S. Delegate to the InterAmerican Meeting of Labor and Trade Union Lawyers in Havana, Cuba (March 2012). Finally, Mr. Cole is an extremely well-respected leader in the field of employment class action litigation, has achieved record results in both settlements and judgments in such cases, has authored numerous scholarly publications, including the book Fallout (chronicling the 1994 toxic substance release by Unocal and the ensuing legal battle) and has been called upon to serve as a regular speaker at public seminars on issues surrounding employment law and class action procedures. Mr. Cole founded the predecessor firm to Cole & Van Note in 1992 and has devoted himself, his team, and the firm’s resources to championing employment, environmental and consumer legal issues ever since.