Richard J. Cole, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Sarasota, FL

Cole & Cole Law, P.A.
 | 46 N. Washington Blvd., Ste. 24
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-365-4055
Fax: 941-365-4219
Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Consumer (70%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Richard J. Cole, III, is a shareholder at Cole & Cole Law, P.A., in Sarasota, Florida. Mr. Cole practices bankruptcy, business, estate planning and probate law, serving clients throughout the state of Florida.

Mr. Cole graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida and cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While attending law school, he received various awards and honors, was a member of the Florida Law Review and served on the board of the Law College Council.

Following law school, Mr. Cole earned a Master of Law degree from University College London. He has been licensed to practice law in Florida since 2008 and is also admitted before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. Tax Court.

Mr. Cole is passionate about participating in the legal community. Outside of the office, he is active in several professional associations at a local and national level. He belongs to the Sarasota County Bar Association, the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association and the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals.

Mr. Cole also serves as special projects manager of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s consumer committee and on the executive board of the state and local government relations section of the Federal Bar Association. He received the highest rating of AV Preeminent*, a distinction given to attorneys possessing superior professional and ethical standards, from the respected peer review organization Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Bankruptcy (70%): Bankruptcy Law, Credit Repair

Business Litigation (20%)

Estate Planning & Probate (10%): Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration

Focus Areas

Bankruptcy Law, Credit Repair, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Rising Stars: 2018 - 2019

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About Richard Cole, III

Admitted: 2008, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.sarasotadebtrelief.com/attorneys

Honors/Awards:

  • AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Federal Bar Association, State and Local Government Relations Section, Executive Board Member, 2014–2015
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Consumer Committee, Special Projects Manager, 2015-2017
  • Florida, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2010
  • Federal Bar Association, State and Local Government Relations Section, Chair, 2016–2017
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court, Barrister Member, 2015-Present
  • Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division, Law Student Mentorship Program, 2014–2015
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2010
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2010
  • INSOL International (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals)
  • Federal Bar Association, State and Local Government Relations Section, Deputy Chairman, 2015-2016
  • Federal Bar Association, Young Lawyer Mentorship Program, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 2010
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Next Generation Program Participant, 2015
  • Annual Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C., Panelist: How to Litigate the Value of a Single Family Home, Speaker, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2017
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Consumer Bankruptcy Newsletter, Vol. 14, Num. 2, May 2016:   The Unlisted Creditor and the Interplay of §§ 523(a)(3) and 726(a)(2): A Circuit Split Continues
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Consumer Bankruptcy Newsletter, Vol. 13, Num. 2, May 2015

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • In re Cole, 559 B.R. 919 (Bankr.M.D.Fla. 2016), 2016
  • Leadbetter v. Snyder (In re Snyder), 544 B.R. 905 (Bankr.M.D.Fla. 2016), 2016

Educational Background:

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida Bachelor of Arts, English, summa cum laude, June 2005 Minor, Sociology Cumulative GPA: 3.70/4.00 Dean’s List: Fall 2003, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Spring 2005 Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands, U.F. Accredited Study Abroad Program: Summer 2004
  • University College London, United Kingdom Master of Laws, International Banking and Finance, with Merit, September 2009 Dissertation, with Distinction: Bankruptcy Remoteness of Special Purpose Vehicles and Securitizations: Issues in Transnational Corporate Reorganizations
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Office Location for Richard J. Cole, III

46 N. Washington Blvd.
Ste. 24
Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone: 941-365-4055

Fax: 941-365-4219

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Last Updated: 1/8/2019

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