Edward Cole

Practice Focus: Civil Litigation and Natural Resources

Edward Cole is a litigator who practices in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate litigation and
natural resources law. He represents businesses and property owners in litigation. In his natural resources
work, he represents landowners and other private parties before state and federal permitting agencies on
wetlands, water use, and endangered species issues as well as with mineral ownership. Edward is
admitted to practice in both North Carolina and Florida, as well as before the Eleventh Circuit of the US
Court of Appeals, the Northern, Southern and Middle District Courts of Florida and the Middle and
Western District Courts of North Carolina.

Edward has been recognized by Super Lawyers in their “Rising Stars” and is also listed in Chambers USA.
A 2002 honors graduate from the University of North Carolina School of Law, Edward also holds a B.S. in
Forestry from Auburn University in 1999. Edward has authored articles and presented at numerous
meetings on environmental law.

Edward brings almost 20 years of experience to the firm’s thriving real estate practice.

Office: Cashiers | Phone: 828-743-2401 | Facsimile: 828-743-2403 | Email: ecole@cashierslaw.com

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EDUCATION

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2002, with honors
    • North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, Editor; Holderness Moot Court Board, Member
  • Auburn University, BS, Forestry, 1999
    • summa cum laude
    • Outstanding Senior Award, Recipient
  • North Carolina State University; School of Forestry

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • Assistant State Attorney, Fourth Judicial Circuit, (Duval, Clay, Nassau County) Florida, 2002-2003
  • Radey Thomas Yon & Clark, Tallahassee, Florida, 2003-2007
  • Akerman LLP, Jacksonville, Florida 2007-2016 (partner)
  • Coward, Hicks & Siler, Cashiers, North Carolina (partner)

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Chambers USA 2013-2015, Ranked in Florida for Environment
  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star; 2011-2015, Environmental, Business Litigation, and Real Estate
  • U.S. News/Best Lawyers Best Law Firms Family Law Section since 2016
  • U.S. News/Best Lawyers Best Law Firms Litigation – Real Estate Section 2020

PRESENTATIONS:

  • Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting, Speaker,”Conservation and Agricultural Ad Valorem Taxes,” September 2010
  • Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting, Speaker, “Markets for Wetlands and Species Banking,” October 2008
  • Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting, Speaker, “Wetland Mitigation Banking in Florida,” September 2008
  • Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting, Speaker, “Conservation Easements in Florida,” September 2007

ADMISSIONS

  • The Florida Bar
  • The North Carolina Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • North Carolina State Bar, Member
  • 30th Judicial District Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • The Florida Bar, Member
  • Florida Forestry Association, Vice President
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Summit Charter School, Board Member and Past Board Chair

PUBLISHED WORKS

  • Florida Forests, Author, “Wildlife BMPs” Spring/Summer 2015
  • Florida Forests, Author, “The Evolving Wetland Mitigation Banking Market in Florida,” Fall/Winter 2008
  • North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, Author, “What Difference Does It Make Whether You Are Deportable or Excludable? The Supreme Court Refuses to Say,” Spring 2003

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Cashiers, NC 28717
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    Sylva, NC 28779
    Phone: 828-586-2147
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    P.O. Box 1918
    Cashiers, NC 28717
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    Franklin, NC 28734
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