Phil Cole has extensive litigation experience in handling personal injury cases, commercial disputes, business torts, class actions, medical malpractice claims, and the defense of all types of claims brought against lawyers. Mr. Cole is a frequent lecturer and is a published author in the areas of trial strategies and professional liability subjects. Mr. Cole was a board certified civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy before retiring at the end of 2019.
He is a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. He is included on the civil neutrals rosters for both facilitative/hybrid and adjudicative/evaluative panels. Mr. Cole was selected as the Minneapolis Best Lawyers Legal Malpractice Lawyer of the Year for 2011 and as the Minneapolis Best Lawyers Legal Malpractice Lawyer-Defendants of the Year for 2014 and again in 2019. Cole, a member of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, was certified as a specialist in the litigation of both legal and medical professional liability claims (this national organization is not accredited by the Minnesota Board of Legal Certification).
He has also been recognized in the International Who’s Who, Who’s Who in American Law, the National Registry of Who’s Who, and as one of The Best Lawyers in America© by U.S. World & News Report. He has been repeatedly listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer and has been listed as a Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyer for over a dozen years. He is rated AV Preeminent® for the highest level of professional excellence by Martindale-Hubbell.
University of Maryland, B.A., 1961
Georgetown University, J.D., 1964
U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit, 1968
U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1968
U.S. Supreme Court, 1967
American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
International Association of Defense Counsel
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Past President, 1986 – 1988
American Association for Justice
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
American Bar Association