- Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
- Texas, 1981
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1982
- Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas, 1981 – J.D. (Honors: Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society)
- Baylor University, 1980 – B.A.
- Breast Implant Litigation: A New Twist to Old Questions of Strict Liability
- Medical Malpractice, Breach of Warranty and Negligence
- Co-Author, Butterworth Legal Publishers, Texas Personal Injury Law Reporter, 1992
- Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
- Rated AV / Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
- Listed 2007-present in Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters service
- 10/10 Avvo Rating
- Director Federal Bar Association
- Chair – District 11 Grievance Committee 2013-2014 State Bar of Texas
- American Board of Trial Advocates – Associate
- Victoria County Bar Association – Member
- American Bar Association – Member
- State Bar of Texas – Member
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association – Member
- American Association of Justice – Member
- Texas Bar Foundation – Life Fellow
- Victoria Independent School District, President, Board of Trustees 1994
- Phi Alpha Delta – Member
As a child, I remember watching my father get up and go to work for long hours to help those who had been harmed. Emmett Cole Jr., my father, was different than most lawyers I met. Emmett represented people like us, not big companies or government agencies. After my third year of college, I took a summer off to assist my father in a three week trial in San Antonio. It was my father’s client against three large corporations and an army of lawyers.
That trial changed everything. I returned to college with a new plan: law school. I also understood what it was that pushed my father to work those long hours and stand up against those who harm our communities. It is a desire that each time you stand up to the wrongdoer you are helping to make the world a safer place.
Since graduating from Baylor Law School in 1981 and returning to Victoria I have spent my career doing something I consider the highest calling of a lawyer – working to ensure the safety of the community. Not just the community where I was born and raised and the community that I raised my family, but communities across Texas and across the nation.