Jamie A. Cole

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  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers award
  • Legal Elite award
  • Super Lawyers

Jamie started the Broward office of the Firm in 1999 as the Broward Managing Director and served in that position until January 2008, at which time he began serving as the Firm's Managing Director.

He represents both private and public clients in all areas of the law with an emphasis on complex litigation and governmental matters. Jamie is also an accomplished appellate attorney, appearing before the Second, Third and Fourth District Courts of Appeals. Jamie is a native South Floridian and graduate of Broward’s public school system, and was the valedictorian of his Ivy League law school class.  He stated his career as a commercial litigation attorney at one of the largest law firms in the world, before being appointed the in-house City Attorney for the City of Hollywood in 1994.

Since 1999, Jamie has served as the City Attorney for the cities of Weston and Miramar, and has served as special counsel for numerous municipalities in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. He has presided over more than 1500 City Commission meetings and has spoken at numerous seminars (on subjects addressing a full gamut of issues, including ethics, open government, professionalism and civility, property taxes, government finance and charter review).

Jamie served as lead litigation counsel for several coalitions of local governments challenging State and county laws and actions. For example, he spearheaded lawsuits against the State of Florida invalidating Senate Bill 360 relating to growth management (because it violated the Florida constitution), and removing a proposed constitutional amendment from the 2007 statewide ballot (which would have eliminated Save Our Homes tax protection).  He also represented a coalition of 18 municipalities in a lawsuit against Broward County regarding the distribution of assets of the Resource Recovery Board upon its termination, resulting in a settlement worth approximately $38 million for the municipalities, and represented a County Administrator in a dispute over governmental powers, resulting in a declaratory judgment in favor of the County Administrator. 

Published Works

Professional Associations

  • Broward Business Council on Homelessness
  • Broward Workshop
  • The Broward County Bar Association, Board of Directors, Chair of the Large Law Firm Committee 

Reported Cases

  • Florida Carry, Inc. v. City of Tallahassee, 212 So.3d 452 2017 WL 465303, District Court of Appeal of Florida, First District, February 3, 2017
  • Gagliardi v. City of Boca Raton, 197 F.Supp.3d 1359 2016 WL 4429638, United States District Court, S.D. Florida, July 21, 2016
  • Brock v. Ochs, 2016 WL 661203 (Fla. 20th Cir. Ct. Feb. 18, 2016).
  • Taxi USA of Palm Beach, LLC v. City of Boca Raton, Florida, 162 So.3d 119 2014 WL 5834856, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourt District, November 12, 2014
  • Archstone Palmetto Park, LLC v. Kennedy, 132 So.3d 347 2014 WL 305086, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District, January 29, 2014
  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services v. Bogorff, 132 So. 3d 249 2013 WL 6082242, District Court of Appeal of Florida, November 20, 2013
  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services v. Mendez, 126 So.3d 367 2013 WL 5628727, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District, October 16, 2013
  • City of Palm Bay v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 114 So.3d 924 2013 WL 2096257, Supreme Court of Florida, May 16, 2013
  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services v. Mendez, 2012 WL 4795722 (Fla. 4th DCA Oct. 10, 2012)
  • City of Boca Raton v. Siml, 96 So. 3d 1140 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)
  • Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services v. Mendez, 98 So. 3d 604 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)
  • City of Boca Raton V. Simi, 96 So.3d 1140 2012 WL 3964905, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District, September 12, 2012
  • Caron Foundation of Florida, Inc. v. City of Delray Beach, 2012 WL 2249263 (S.D. Fla. May 4, 2012)
  • Milanese v. City of Boca Raton, 84 So.3d 339 2012 WL 555409, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District, February 22, 2012
  • Butler v. City of Hallandale Beach, 68 So. 3d 278 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011)
  • Atwater v. City of Weston, 64 So. 3d 701 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011)
  • Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services v. Cox, 2011 WL 222170, 36 Fla. L. Weekly D194, Fla. App. 4 Dist., January 26, 2011 (NO. 4D09-979)
  • Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services v. Bogorff, 35 So. 3d 84, 2010 WL 1880468, 35 Fla. L. Weekly D1062, Fla.App. 4 Dist., May 12, 2010 (NO. 4D08-4474)
  • Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services v. Citrus Canker Litigation,  20 So. 3d 864, 2009 WL 1675852, 34 Fla. L. Weekly D1247, Fla.App. 3 Dist., June 17, 2009 (NO. 3D08-3278)
  • Palm Beach County v. City of Boca Raton, 995 So.2d 1017 2008 WL 4723006, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District, October 29, 2008
  • City of Lake Worth v. Save Our Neighborhood, Inc., 995 So. 2d 1002, 2008 WL 4643800, 33 Fla. L. Weekly D2476, Fla.App. 4 Dist., October 22, 2008 (NO. 4D07-5027)
  • Milanese v. City of Boca Raton, Fla., 2008 WL 3889580, S.D.Fla., August 20, 2008 (NO. 08-80398-CIV)
  • Alford v. City of Hallandale Beach, 983 So. 2d 1159, 2008 WL 2513859, Unpublished Disposition, Fla.App. 4 Dist., June 25, 2008 (NO. 4D07-4350)
  • Miami-Dade County v. U.S. E.P.A., 529 F.3d 1049 2008 WL 2310952, United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, June 6, 2008
  • Jeffrey O. v. City of Boca Raton, 511 F.Supp.2d 1339, 2007 WL 628131, 34 NDLR P 100, S.D.Fla., February 26, 2007 (NO. 03-80178CIV)
  • City of Hollywood v. Diamond Parking, Inc., 950 So. 2d 472, 2007 WL 518442, 32 Fla. L. Weekly D511, Fla.App. 4 Dist., February 21, 2007 (NO. 4D05-4728)
  • Jeffrey O. v. City of Boca Raton, 511 F.Supp.2d 1328, 2007 WL 143017, S.D.Fla., January 17, 2007 (NO. 03-80178-CIV)
  • Fernander v. Bonis, 947 So. 2d 584, 2007 WL 5742, 32 Fla. L. Weekly D154, Fla.App. 4 Dist., January 03, 2007 (NO. 4D06-407)
  • Florida Dept. of Agr. and Consumer Services v. Cox, 947 So.2d 561 2006 WL 3780804, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Forth District, December 27, 2006
  • Pharmcore, Inc. v. City of Hallandale Beach, 946 So. 2d 550, 2006 WL 3018114, 31 Fla. L. Weekly D2671, Fla.App. 4 Dist., October 25, 2006 (NO. 4D05-3735)
  • Florida Dept. of Agriculture v. Citrus Canker Litigation, 941 So.2d 461 2006 WL 3020401, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District, October 25, 2006
  • Medianet of South Florida, Inc. v. City of Miramar, 144 Fed.Appx. 856, 2005 WL 2402749, C.A.11 (Fla.), September 29, 2005 (NO. 04-14140)
  • Guess v. City of Miramar, 889 So.2d 840, 2004 WL 2600496, 22 IER Cases 216, 29 Fla. L. Weekly D2612, Fla.App. 4 Dist., November 17, 2004 (NO. 4D03-2925)
  • GLA and Associates, Inc. v. City of Boca Raton, 855 So.2d 278, 2003 WL 22298745, 28 Fla. L. Weekly D2318, Fla.App. 4 Dist., October 08, 2003 (NO. 4D02-1051)
  • Sun Cruz Casinos, L.L.C. v. City of Hollywood, Fla., 844 So.2d 681, 2003 WL 1916856, 28 Fla. L. Weekly D1011, Fla.App. 4 Dist., April 23, 2003 (NO. 4D02-224)
  • Florida Outdoor Advertising, LLC. v. City of Boca Raton, Florida, 266 F.Supp.2d 1376, 2003 WL 21212567, S.D.Fla., January 14, 2003 (NO. 01-8504-CIV-BANDSTRA, 018504CVMIDDLEBROOKS)
  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services v. City of Pompano Beach, 829 So.2d 928 2002 WL 31115264, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District, September 25, 2002
  • City of North Lauderdale v. SMM Properties, Inc., 825 So.2d 343 2002 WL 1926501, Supreme Court of Florida, August 22, 2002
  • City of Boca Raton v. Boca Raton Airport Authority, 768 So. 2d 1191, 2000 WL 1344730, 25 Fla. L. Weekly D2274, Fla.App. 4 Dist., September 20, 2000 (NO. 4D00-2149)
  • Coastal Carting Ltd., Inc. v. Broward County, Fla., 75 F.Supp.2d 1350 1999 WL 1067656, United States District Court, S.D. Florida, May 5, 1999
  • Leonardi v. City of Hollywood, 715 So. 2d 1007, 1998 WL 390373, 14 IER Cases 606, 14 IER Cases 1470, 23 Fla. L. Weekly D1653, Fla.App. 4 Dist., July 15, 1998 (NO. 97-2060)
  • Mikes v. City of Hollywood, 687 So. 2d 1381, 1997 WL 78205, 22 Fla. L. Weekly D528, Fla.App. 4 Dist., February 26, 1997 (NO. 96-0477, 96-0293)
  • PDA Realty, Inc. v. City of Hollywood, 663 So.2d 11, 1995 WL 700195, 20 Fla. L. Weekly D2601, Fla.App. 4 Dist., November 29, 1995 (NO. 94-2628)
  • Citicorp Real Estate, Inc. v. Ameripalms 6B GP, Inc., 633 So.2d 47 1994 WL 34072, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District, February 8, 1994
  • Lewis v. S & T Anchorage, Inc., 616 So. 2d 478, 1993 WL 45220, 18 Fla. L. Weekly D563, Fla.App. 3 Dist., February 23, 1993 (NO. 92-224)
  • Budget Rent A Car Systems, Inc. v. Hirsh, 810 F.Supp. 1253 1992 WL 404383, United States District Court, S.D. Florida, October 23, 1992
  • S & T Anchorage, Inc. v. Lewis, 575 So. 2d 696, 1991 WL 11745, 16 Fla. L. Weekly 388, Fla.App. 3 Dist., February 05, 1991 (NO. 90-1951, 90-1756)
  • U.S.P. Products, Inc. v. Brown, 557 So. 2d 111, 1990 WL 8682, Fla.App. 3 Dist., February 06, 1990 (NO. 89-1974)
  • Air Conditioning Equipment, Inc. v. Rogers, So.2d 554 1989 WL 113881, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District, October 4, 1989
  • The Florida Bar Re Amendment to Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 1.442 I (Offer of Judgment), 550 So.2d 442 1989 WL 85162, Supreme Court of Florida, July 27, 1989

Awards and Recognitions

  • "Florida Super Lawyer", 2019
  • "Jamie Cole, Gary Rosen Combine for DBR's Attorneys of the Year Award" Daily Business Review, May 24, 2019
  •  "DBR Attorney of the Year", DBR, 2019
  • "Executive Director's Award", Broward County Bar Association, 2018
  • "Power Leaders 2016-2017, Law & Accounting", South Florida Business Journals
  • "Best Lawyers, Commercial Litigation", Best Lawyers 2015-2019
  • "Finalist-Most Effective Lawyers," Daily Business Review, 2014
  • "Finalist - Leaders in Law," Lifestyle Media Group, 2014
  • "Top Rated Lawyer, Commercial Litigation," South Florida Top Rated Lawyers, 2012 
  • “Most Effective Lawyer: Public Interest, Finalist,” Daily Business Review, 2010
  • “Top Deal Makers of the Year – Real Estate – Mixed Use, Finalist,” Daily Business Review, 2010
  • “Florida Super Lawyer,” Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2018
  • “Top Lawyer,” South Florida Legal Guide, 2005-present
  • “Legal Impact Leader,” South Florida Business Leader, 2008
  • “Key Partners Award: Litigation, Winner,” South Florida Business Journal, 2008
  • “Florida Legal Elite,” Florida Trend, 2004-2008, 2013-Present
  • “Most Effective Lawyer: Public Interest, Winner,” Daily Business Review, 2007
  • “Best of the Bar,” South Florida Business Journal, 2004
  • “Up and Comer,” South Florida Legal Guide, 2004

Professional/Civic Activities

  • President, Florida Association of Managing Partners (2012-14)
  • Chairman of the Board, LifeNet4Families-Formerly Known as Cooperative Feeding Program (2007)
  • DirectorLifeNet4Families-Formerly Known asCooperative Feeding Program (2002–2010)
  • City Attorney,City of Hollywood (1994-1998)
  • General Counsel,City of Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (1994-1999)
  • Commissioner,Hollywood Housing Authority (1992–1994)
  • Evidence Rules Committee of The Florida Bar (1990 –1994)
  • Director,Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (1999–2002)
  • Associate and Special Projects Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review (1986-88)

Press Mentions

Presentations

  • "Gun Regulations and Preemption", League of Women Voters of Broward County, April 2018
  • "Got Civility?", Broward County Bar's Association, April 2018
  • "Will our Cities lose Power to the State", Fort Lauderdale Forum, 3-2018
  • "West Side Story: What's Happening in Western Broward County",  Broward Workshop Board of Director's Meeting, 1-2018
  • “Weston University”, City of Weston, 10-2017
  • "Medical Marijuana Track: Land Use & Zoning", 2017 Broward County Bar Association's Bench & Bar Convention, 10-2017
  • BCBA Local Government Committee - Sunshine Law: Shade Sessions, 5-24-17
  • BLOC Elected Officials Boot Camp - Sunshine Law, 2-24-17
  • BCBA Managing Partners Bench and Bar Meeting: Professionalism and Civility, 9-27-16
  • Broward County League Of Cities Infrastructure/Transportation Surtax Kick Off Event Panel Presentation, 9/10/16
  • Palm Beach County League of Cities: Sunshine Law training for Elected Officials, 9-7-16
  • BLOC Ethics Training for Elected Officials on Sunshine Law, 6-24-16
  • BLOC Elected Officials Boot Camp - Sunshine Law, 5-13-16
  • City of Miramar Panel Presentation on "Town Hall Meeting to Oppose Oil Drilling in Broward County", 8-18-15
  • 34th Annual Florida Municipal Attorney Association Seminar, "Responding to Bid Protests and Public Procurement Irregularities", 7-8-15
  • Broward City County Management Association; International City County Management Association (ICMA) and Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA) Ethical Standards; Margate, FL, 3-31-15
  • Florida League of Cities; Ethics Presentation, Hollywood, FL, 8-14-14
  • BLOC Training on Ethics, Voting Conflicts and Gift Law for Elected Officials, 6-12-15
  • BLOC Annual Ethics Seminar, Coconut Creek, FL, 6-24-14
  • BLOC Training for New Officials, Coconut Creek, FL 4-4-14
  • OIG Public Service Ethics for New Elected Officials, Sunshine Law Presentation, Plantation, FL 5-31-13
  • BLOC Training for New Elected Officials, Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-5-13
  • Florida League of Cities, Ethics Presentation, Hollywood, FL 8-23-12
  • BLOC Ethics Training, Sunrise, FL, 4-19-12