Knowledgeable, Skilled and Tenacious

Absolutely nowhere will you find a more qualified team of attorneys than those at Cole & Van Note. We are licensed in every California state and federal court and maintain countless affiliations with law firms across the country, enabling us to prosecute cases anywhere in the nation. We have significant trial and appellate experience and an unprecedented record of success resolving matters through various forms of alternative dispute resolution. Our team is inspired by the following lead attorneys (non-shareholders not being listed here). For a copy of our firm’s resume, click here.

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.

Laura Van Note, Esq., Shareholder

“The world is only as fair as we make it and the fight for justice will never be over. I am inspired every day by the bravery of my clients and their willingness to speak up for what is right.”

Laura Van Note is an experienced litigator with extensive experience in class action litigation involving a variety of issues. Throughout her career she has gone head-to-head against the largest companies in the world, securing favorable decisions for her clients. In addition to her class action experience, she possesses a broad range of litigation experience handling matters related to labor and employment, product liability, premises liability, personal injury and civil rights matters. Her clients benefit from her extensive courtroom experience in courts across California, Missouri and Kansas, along with a varied background representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

Service to her clients and empowering them to advocate for themselves sits at the core of Ms. Van Note’s motivation. Earlier in her career, she participated in the pro bono litigation team responsible for the exoneration of Reginald Griffin, a man exonerated and freed following a death sentence in 1973. She began her career in Kansas City, Missouri, where she practiced for several years before moving to California.

Ms. Van Note is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law, where she was the Captain of the National Trial Advocacy Team, President of the American Constitutional Society and Teaching Assistant to the Director of Advocacy (Dean’s List and Order of the Barrister). She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City (B.A. in History with a Minor in French). In her spare time, Ms. Van Note volunteers as a judge for trial advocacy competitions and has been a guest speaker at numerous law schools and professional organizations. She also volunteers her time to advocate for the advancement of educational opportunities for women and girls, both in the United States and abroad.

Ms. Van Note is a member of the California, Missouri and Kansas State bars and is admitted to practice in numerous federal courts in California, Missouri and Kansas.

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