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Sarasota Bankruptcy Attorney

Bankruptcy & Business Attorneys Serving Sarasota & Bradenton, FL for almost 50 years

Meet our team

Cole & Cole Law, P.A. is a knowledgeable and dedicated Consumer and Business Bankruptcy, Business Law, and Estate Planning Law Firm serving clients in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Charlotte County. The firm is AV® Preeminent, Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, and Attorney R. John Cole, II is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification.

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Committed to serving your legal needs

At Cole & Cole Law, P.A., we have the skills combined with almost 50 years of practice necessary to take you through the bankruptcy process, stop a foreclosure, and help you resolve your problems with Creditors. In addition, we have a full service Business Practice as well as an Estate Planning and Probate department to fill your needs. If you need an Attorney in Sarasota, Bradenton, Charlotte, as well as throughout the west coast of Florida, call our offices today at (941) 365-4055 or contact us online to speak with a qualified Bankruptcy or Business Lawyer. An online inquiry does not create an attorney-client relationship, but we try to respond to such inquiries quickly to offer a free initial consultation. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

R. John Cole, II

Practice areas
  • Bankruptcy
  • Family law
  • Divorce
  • 1975 Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • 1978, U.S. Tax Court
  • 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • 1989, U.S. Supreme Court
  • J.D., University of Florida, 1974
  • B.A., Auburn University, 1968
Professional association
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
John has been in the private practice of law since 1979. Before opening his office, he was an Assistant Public Defender for the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida from 1975 through 1977, and First Assistant State Attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida from 1977 through 1979. While a prosecutor, he was primarily responsible for homicide prosecutions and the handling of official corruption cases involving law enforcement.

Since entering private practice in 1979, his practice has focused on litigation and bankruptcy. He has handled numerous civil litigation matters and thousands of bankruptcies. His practice has involved representing individuals and corporations in litigation and bankruptcy issues, and he has also handled numerous family law matters representing both husbands and wives as they sort through the problems inherent in the divorce process.

He was an undergraduate major in speech, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree from Auburn University and received his J.D. degree with honors from the University of Florida College of law in 1974. While in law school, John was a member of the Florida Law Review, and was awarded the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Creditors™ Rights.

John has been admitted to the Florida Bar and bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He was a member of the Federal Court Practice Committee of the Florida Bar from his appointment to the committee in 2005 until 2011. He is also AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated, the top rating given by Martindale-Hubbell®. John frequently lectures in the areas of bankruptcy, collections, advanced debtor-creditor laws, short sale issues and related topics.

While in law school, John was a member of the University of Florida Law Review and was selected for membership in the Order of the Coif at graduation. The Order of the Coif is a national honorary society for the top ten percent of law school graduates nationally in law classes in the United States in the year of a member's graduation. He was also a member of the Fletcher Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa legal fraternity, serving as its president. Additionally, he was selected for membership in Phi Kappa Phi, the national legal honorary society. He received the American Jurisprudence 2nd Book Award in Creditors™ Rights and Estate Taxation while in law school, and was an honors graduate from the University of Florida law school in 1974.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Cole served in the U.S. Navy for four years, achieving the rank of lieutenant. Those tours of duty saw him at sea in various forms on naval combatant ships, including aircraft carriers, destroyers and a cruiser.

John is presently a member of the Tampa Bay Bar Association, the Sarasota County Bar Association, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and the American Bankruptcy Institute, participating in numerous activities with those groups.

As an AV-rated lawyer, John attempts to provide the highest quality services for his clients. He became Board Certified in the area of Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification in 2004. Mr. Cole is a third-generation Floridian, whose relatives reside throughout the State of Florida.

Richard J. Cole, III

Practice Areas
  • Business law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Estate Planning & Probate
  • 2008, Florida
  • 2009, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • 2010, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • 2010, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • 2010, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • 2010, U.S. Tax Court
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Florida, 2008
  • L.L.M., with merit, University College London, 2009
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Florida, 2005
Professional associations
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Consumer Committee Special Projects Manager
  • Federal Bar Association
  • INSOL International (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals)
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
Richard has been in the private practice of law since 2009 with Cole & Cole Law, P.A. and is currently a shareholder with the firm. Richard is AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell. His primary practice areas are litigation and bankruptcy.

Richard began law school at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, in 2005 following his Bachelor of Arts program at the University of Florida. At Levin, Richard was a member of the Florida Law Review and served as a research editor. In 2006, he was awarded the Book Award for Corporations law. He received honors in his Legal Research and Writing and Appellate Advocacy courses. Richard also served as a board member on the Law College Council, a student government body. Richard studied European law at the Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands, during his J.D. program. He graduated in the top third of his class with cum laude distinction.

After completing his J.D., Richard went to London to further study international and European laws. Richard focused on international finance, investment and insolvency (bankruptcy) law. He received his Master of Laws in 2009, with merit. His dissertation, obtained with distinction, focused on the special issues confronted by multinational corporate groups and securitized asserts during bankruptcy.

Currently, Richard volunteers as Executive Board Member on the Federal Bar Association's State & Local Government Relations Section Executive Board and is Special Projects Manager with the American Bankruptcy Institute's Consumer Committee helping in setting up various webinars and events.