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Jonathan Cole

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Nashville
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Jonathan Cole, shareholder in the Nashville office, concentrates his practice in the area of business litigation.

Featured Experience

Negotiated favorable settlement of predatory lending claim against national mortgage lender, including defeating seven motions for sanctions.
Won trial on usury claim for national mortgage lender.
Won OSHA trial on willful citation for manufacturer whose employee had lost his leg.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Cole focuses his practice on civil trial work, representing clients on all levels of state and federal court and administrative procedures. Mr. Cole has significant experience representing national financial institutions and businesses in a wide variety of cases, including, lender liability/consumer financial litigation, contract dispute, bad faith/fraud and creditors' rights. He routinely represents broker-dealers and investment advisers in FINRA arbitrations in state and federal court proceedings, and defends them against regulatory compliance allegations from state, FINRA and SEC officials. He also handles enforcement proceedings and investigations by the SEC. In addition, Mr. Cole has extensive experience in safety and health, products liability and personal injury/wrongful death.

To complement his practice, Mr. Cole is committed to the legal profession and his community. Among his current activities, Mr. Cole founded and currently serves as the chair of Baker Donelson's award winning Pro Bono program, was president of the Nashville Bar Association, serves as a director of the American Bar Endowment, was awarded the Young Leader of the Year Award by the Young Leaders Council and the 2008 NELA (Nashville Emerging Leader Award), and was selected to Leadership Nashville's Class of 2010.

Representative Matters
  • Negotiated favorable settlement of predatory lending claim against national mortgage lender, including defeating seven motions for sanctions.
  • Won trial on usury claim for national mortgage lender.
  • Won OSHA trial on willful citation for manufacturer whose employee had lost his leg.
  • Prosecuted and defended multi-million dollar breach of contract actions in state and federal courts.
  • Represented national railroad carrier in breach of contract, adverse possession, and private right of eminent domain claims in Tennessee.
  • Defended out-of-state landowner in state regulatory enforcement in Chancery Court. Representation also included succeeding in having previously imposed sanctions against client lifted, and prevailing in having the State of Tennessee pay itself to bring the property into compliance.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers In America® in the area of Commercial Litigation (2014 – 2018)
  • Rule 31 Listed Mediator
  • "The Best of the Bar" honoree by the Nashville Business Journal (2013)
  • Treasurer – National Conference of Bar Presidents (2014 – present)
  • President – Nashville Bar Association (2010)
  • Selected to Leadership Nashville, Class of 2010
  • Named Young Leader of the Year by the Young Leaders Council, Inc. (2009) 
  • Winner, 2008 NELA (Nashville Emerging Leader Award)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Former Chair — American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (2003 – 2004)
  • Member – Disciplinary Hearing Committee, Tennessee Supreme Court, District V
  • Named to the "Top 40 Under 40 Community and Charitable Leaders" by The Tennessean (January 2002)
  • Fellow – Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Volunteer of Year, YMCA of Middle Tennessee
  • President-elect – American Bar Endowment (2015)
  • Director – American Bar Endowment 
  • Member – Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Tennessee Bar Association Delegate – American Bar Association House of Delegates

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