About Cole

Cole Portis serves as the section head of Beasley Allen Law Firm’s Personal Injury and Product Liability Section. He represents mothers and fathers who lost their children, spouses who lost their life-long mates, and severely injured children who will be unable to care for themselves due to unreasonably dangerous and defective products.

Cole’s goal is to encourage product manufacturers to think safety first rather than placing profits over people’s well-being.  Otherwise, innocent victims will be injured or killed.

Notable Cases

In order to encourage the engineering and manufacture of safe consumer products, Cole  prosecutes companies that manufacture defective automobiles, aircraft, ATVs, farm equipment, logging equipment, textile machines and other products. Cole and his staff have successfully handled more than 125 cases that were tried or resolved for more than one million dollars. More importantly, Cole and his staff are blessed to be able to counsel and care for their clients.

Awards and Ratings

An AV-rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, Cole is selected annually as a Super Lawyer, and to the Best Lawyers in America list. He also has been selected to LawDragon 3000, which represents the top 3,000 attorneys in the United States. In December 2010, he was named Beasley Allen’s Litigator of the Year.

In addition, he was selected as a finalist for Public Justice’s 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year, along with the other members of the trial team, for his work in the verdict against Toyota in Bookout, et al v. Toyota that was tried in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This award is given by Public Justice to the lawyer or trial team who makes the most outstanding contribution to the public through precedent-setting litigation each year. Cole also was featured on the 2015 National Law Journal Plaintiffs Hot List for his work on the Toyota sudden unintended acceleration case in Oklahoma.

Professional Associations

Cole believes it is important to use the gifts God has given him in the community. Thus, as an attorney, he has used his gifts to participate in legal organizations. Cole recently completed his tenure as president of the Alabama State Bar. He is past president of the Montgomery County Bar Association (2002), past president of the Alabama Young Lawyers Association (2000-2001), past president of the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association (1999) and past president of the Auburn University Bar Association (1999). He is a member of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

Community Involvement

Cole has been an active member of Morningview Baptist Church for more than 40 years. He has previously served as a lay elder and as chairman of the Deacons. In addition, he teaches the Adult 2 Sunday School class.

He has served as president of the Jimmy Hitchcock Award, a prestigious award honoring Christian student athletes in Montgomery. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and   on the Board of Trustees at Trinity Presbyterian School.


Cole’s mother is originally from Laurel, Mississippi, and his father was raised in Lowndes County, Alabama. Cole is married to the former Joy Mikell of Millbrook, Alabama, and they have four daughters and six sons. Cole and his wife are strong advocates for adoption and foster care. They have adopted seven of their ten children. The couple also are foster parents.

More important than his legal accomplishments, church involvement, community involvement or even his family, Cole recognizes that apart from Christ, he is absolutely nothing.


  • University of Alabama (J.D., 1990)
  • Auburn University (B.A., 1986)

Recognitions & Awards

  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Rated
  • Best Lawyers


  • Alabama (1990)
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama (1991)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama (1999)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama (2002)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (2000)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (2016)


  • Alabama State Bar (President, 2016-17)
  • Montgomery County Bar Association (President, 2002)
  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers (President, 2000-2001)
  • Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1998-1999)
  • American Association for Justice
  • Alabama Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Governors and Executive Committee)
  • Montgomery County Young Lawyers (President, 1993)
  • Auburn University Bar Association (President, 1999)
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Board of Bar Commissioners
  • Public Justice Foundation

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