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Michael T. Cole

Partner

Liberty Center
151 Meeting Street
Suite 600
Charleston, SC 29401
mike.cole@nelsonmullins.com

Michael T. Cole is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Charleston and is the Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department. He practices in the area of litigation with a focus on complex litigation, including class actions, toxic torts, product liability, insurance extra contractual issues, and negligence cases.

Michael T. Cole is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Charleston and is the Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department. He practices in the area of litigation with a focus on complex litigation, including class actions, toxic torts, product liability, insurance extra contractual issues, and negligence cases.

Michael T. Cole is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Charleston and is the Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department. He practices in the area of litigation with a focus on complex litigation, including class actions, toxic torts, product liability, insurance extra contractual issues, and negligence cases.

Experience

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Experience

  • Since 1974, has been engaged in a litigation practice, having tried numerous negligence, product liability, and commercial litigation matters 
  • Serves as national coordinating counsel for chemical, oil, and gas company in asbestos litigation
    • Coordinates discovery nationwide, assists in developing overall litigation and settlement strategy, and coordinates the activities of various local counsel who represent the client throughout the United States
  • Serves as client representative to joint defense groups and has been selected as chairman of several of those groups
  • Represents drug and medical device clients and has litigated prescription drug and various medical device matters
  • Presently serves as the defendant liaison counsel in a pharmaceutical related MDL proceeding
  • Represented the insurer of members of a national medical association
    • Served as defense counsel in a number of psychiatric malpractice cases and has handled physician malpractice cases for other clients
  • Serves as counsel for different defendants in several class actions alleging both statewide and national classes
  • Represents insurers in extra contractual litigation in South Carolina
  • Served as an advocate for many clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings as well as in major settlement negotiations outside of a formal process
    • Matters primarily involve mass torts and/or catastrophic injuries
  • Negotiated and administered a number of settlements in mass tort cases with plaintiffs numbering from several hundred to more than 7,000
  • Lectured at seminars on various product liability issues

Previous Professional Experience

  • Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Wise and Cole, PA, in Charleston, prior to joining Nelson Mullins in 1995

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, cum laude (1974)
    • Order of the Wig and Robe
    • Civil Rights Editor, The South Carolina Law Review
    • Student Editor, The Journal of Law and Education
  • Davidson College, BA, Political Science (1971)

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Practice Areas

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  • Past Chairman, Insurance and Tort Litigation Section, South Carolina Bar
  • Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department

  • Serves on the Firm's Executive Committee

  • Served as Managing Partner of the Firm's Charleston, SC office

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