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  • University of Florida (J.D., with High Honors, Order of the Coif, 1975)
  • University of Florida (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, Florida Blue Key, 1969)

Practice Areas

  • Litigation

Court Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court – Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Bar Memberships

  • The Florida Bar (Trial Section)
  • Clearwater Bar Association (Past President (1996-97))

Professional Recognition

  • Florida Bar Certified Civil Trial Attorney (since 1983)
  • Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine
  • Florida Super Lawyer Designation
  • Included in Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite”
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rating by Martindale Hubbell

Community Service

  • St. Pete College Foundation, former Trustee
  • First United Methodist Church of Clearwater, Chair, Leadership Board
  • Religious Community Services, Inc., past Board Chair
  • Kiwanis, Past President and Lt. Gov.
  • American Red Cross, former Board member
  • Boy Scouts of America, former Executive and District Board member


Mr. Cole first practiced law for two years with Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith & Cutler in its Tampa offices. He joined the firm in 1977 and became a shareholder in 1978.

Stephen O. Cole