Ms. Cole has spent most of her career advising major corporations, whether in-house or at Ogletree. Prior to starting with Ogletree Seattle, Ms. Cole worked for Target Corporation in Human Resources for both the stores and distribution after college. While working for Target Corp., she implemented HR policies and procedures for the stores, helped create a centralized recruiting program for the distribution centers, and worked extensively on employee relations issues. Upon graduation from law school in 2004, Ms. Cole began her legal career with the Atlanta office of Ogletree Deakins. In 2010 and 2011, Ms. Cole served as in-house counsel for Regis Corporation in Minneapolis, where she advised internal clients on handling employment disputes as well as implemented an internal wage and hour compliance program. Ms. Cole returned to Ogletree in 2011 to its newly opened Minneapolis office and eventually relocated to the Seattle. Ms. Cole has extensive experience working with not only national businesses, but smaller local and regional businesses, helping them with their employment and business law needs.
Ms. Cole has experience successfully representing employers in non-compete and unfair competition disputes at both the federal and state level. Ms. Cole also regularly advises employers regarding workplace policies and procedures, and counsels employers on compliance with applicable federal, state and local employment laws and regulations. Ms. Cole is an active speaker on various employment-related topics and provides training for supervisors and non-management employees. Recent successes in the courtroom include obtaining a dismissal of a proposed class action on the basis of personal jurisdiction, winning a motion to compel arbitration in which the court ruled that a new state law banning arbitration in the discrimination context is preempted by federal, and summary judgment in various employment discrimination and retaliation lawsuits.