Organ Cole LLP



Douglas R. Cole

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University of Chicago
(J.D. High Honors, 1993)

University of Wisconsin
(B.S.E.E. – Honors, 1988)

Ripon College
(B.A. Math & Physics, 1986)


Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook
7th Cir., U.S. Ct. of Appeals

Bar Admissions:

State of Ohio

State of Illinois (inactive)

United States Supreme Court

6th Circuit Ct. of Appeals

7th Circuit Ct. of Appeals

11th Circuit Ct. of Appeals

Fed. Circuit Ct. of Appeals

Northern District of Ohio

Southern District of Ohio

Northern District of Illinois

Doug Cole represents clients in complex civil litigation, including intellectual property matters, both at trial and on appeal. He is one of the most experienced appellate attorneys in Ohio, having argued five cases in the United States Supreme Court and more than 25 cases in the Ohio Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals. Doug has also appeared on behalf of clients in state and federal trial courts across the country, from Tampa, Florida to Anchorage, Alaska and many points in between. In addition to his legal experience, Doug has a strong technical background, with degrees in electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, and physics.

Recent significant matters include representing Uber in connection with defeating efforts by the City of Columbus to enjoin Uber’s operations there and defeating efforts by the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission to enjoin Uber’s operations in the Tampa, Florida area. Doug has also represented Uber in a variety of other matters across the county, and Uber recently selected Organ Cole as one of its preferred providers of legal services after a competitive selection process. In addition, Doug recently represented ProMedica, a multi-hospital system, in connection with an FTC challenge to a hospital merger, including at the United States Supreme Court, and represented Cedar Fair (which owns and operates amusement parks across the country) on appeal in a dispute with its former Chief Operating Officer, including obtaining reversal of an unfavorable lower-court decision at the Ohio Supreme Court. Doug also has successfully defended JobsOhio in various lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the legislation that created it. Doug is also an experienced class action litigator, having served as lead counsel for Urban Active in connection with two consumer class actions in Ohio, and has substantial trial experience with business litigation matters, including two recent jury trials in significant breach-of-contract matters.

Doug also has handled patent matters involving various technologies including telecommunications, semiconductors, networking, software and growing media. Representative clients include SanDisk, which he as represented both in the Federal Circuit and before the ITC, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Sendmail, and Molycorp.

At the request of Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro, Doug served as Ohio's state solicitor from 2002 to 2006. In that capacity, he argued before the United States Supreme Court and Ohio Supreme Court on a variety of issues, including the First Amendment, statutory interpretation, and the dormant Commerce Clause. Before that, he was a professor at the Ohio State University, teaching courses in corporations, contracts, and law and economics. Since leaving, Doug has also served as an adjunct professor at OSU.

Doug frequently speaks and writes on subjects including the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ohio Supreme Court, and securities law topics. Doug has also been active in the Ohio State Bar Association, having served on the board of editors for the Ohio State Bar Journal. He is also a member of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission, where he chairs the Committee on Finance, Taxation and Economic Development.