Cole PortisMontgomery, AL
Cole Portis serves as the Section Head of the 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.
When asked about his favorite part of practicing law, Cole said, “I enjoy solving problems. More specifically, I enjoy evaluating the problem, determining strategy to solve it and, in the process, helping someone.”
No single event led Cole to the profession of law, he said, reflecting on his life.
I am thankful to God for graciously providing me with certain talents, experiences, and individuals that impacted my decision to practice law. From being co-editor of Jr. High school newspaper (Mrs. Perdue was the sponsor of that newspaper) to participating in Youth Legislature in High School to being active in SGA at Auburn to ‘working’ for Judge Joe Phelps in college to loving works of literature, I was naturally attracted to learning about the law.
In law school, I was surrounded by friends who encouraged me. Of course, when I graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law, I didn’t comprehend or appreciate what it meant to be a counselor at law. While I still have much to learn, I am grateful to use my giftedness to help people.
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. He strives to live a life of integrity, which he believes is key to what makes Beasley Allen unique as a law firm.
Our culture as a firm is to be filled with people who are marked with integrity. While I am sure I am the chief offender of failing to uphold the standard, I hope that generally my life is marked as one of integrity. If one possesses integrity as a lawyer then a client can be confident that the lawyer will work very hard, possess wisdom and advise well.
Beasley Allen is full of these type of people. Further, our staff and lawyers are generally not marked with selfishness. Instead, the idea is to work together toward a common goal not worrying about who receives the accolades.
Cole believes it is equally important to use the gifts God has given him in the community. As an attorney, he has provided leadership to a number of professional organizations including serving as President of the Alabama State Bar (2016-17), Montgomery County Bar Association (2002), Alabama Young Lawyers Association (2000-2001), Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association (1999) and Auburn University Bar Association (1999).
Awards and Recognitions
After nearly three decades of practicing law, the award-winning, Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney is selected annually as a Midsouth 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 as well as LawDragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, which is the 500 best attorneys across the nation in this category.
In December 2010, he was named Beasley Allen’s Litigator of the Year.
Additionally, 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.
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.
Most recently, he has been named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers list by The National Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Cole has been an active member of Morningview Baptist Church for more than 40 years and currently serves as a lay elder. In addition, he teaches the Adult 2 Sunday School class.
Cole also served as President of the Jimmy Hitchcock Award, a prestigious award honoring Christian student-athletes in Montgomery, Alabama. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and on the Board of Trustees at Trinity Presbyterian School.
A Trial Attorney’s Role and Style in the Courtroom With Attorney Cole PortisIn this video, you'll learn about how different attorneys have different styles and the importance of being honest in the courtroom. It will help you understand the different approaches to trial and the jury.
Cole Portis joined Beasley Allen in 1991 and now serves as head of its Personal Injury and Product Liability Section. Cole shares insight on a trial attorney’s role in the courtroom. He also discusses courtroom styles and the importance of knowing and being true to one’s unique style.
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Cole Portis talks about Beasley Allen Law Firm’s missionBeasley Allen Principal & Personal Injury Section Head Cole Portis believes the most important facet of helping those who need it most is putting the client’s needs first. By understanding the client and the defective product that harmed the client, Portis is able to do his best to ensure justice for those affected.
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Takata airbag recall explained by Beasley Allen shareholder Cole Portis on Ringler RadioRingler Radio, a popular radio program conducted by the nation's largest structured settlement company, Ringler Associates, welcomes Beasley Allen shareholder Cole Portis regarding the Takata airbag recall and its pending litigation.
Portis describes to the show’s listeners how the Takata airbag recall began as an issue with the inflator mechanism – a device used to inflate airbags at the time of a crash in milliseconds. Due to what Takata referred to as “inadequate compaction force” within the airbag system, the airbags were exploding upon impact, sending sharp metal shrapnel flying into the face and body of those in the front seats. Takata supplied these faulty airbags to 10 different automakers, such as Honda and General Motors, over a period of many years.
The airbags have been linked to six deaths thus far, taking place mostly in Honda vehicles, likely due to the high number of Honda cars equipped with recalled Takata airbags. Portis also said that Honda began receiving complaints about the Takata airbags as early as 2004, but failed to report the 1,729 deaths and injuries to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) throughout the span of nearly 10 years. In January 2015, Honda agreed to pay fines totaling $70 million to the NHTSA after an independent audit revealed the automaker’s dishonesty.
Takata first resisted the notion to launch any recalls just less than a year ago, but after pressure from the NHTSA, the company finally agreed to a limited recall of just over 10 million vehicles in June 2014, confined to areas of high humidity. As a result, several automakers were forced to issue their own recalls of vehicles equipped with the dangerous Takata airbags. Not long after the limited recall was announced, the NHTSA called for the recalls to be expanded worldwide by Takata and the other affected automakers, leading to a total of about 18 million vehicles recalled.
The Dram Shop Case That Helped Restart Civil Trials Takeaways from a Post-Covid Jury TrialBeasley Allen Attorneys Chris Glover, Cole Portis and Kendall Dunson discuss an inspiring dram shop case was vital in restarting the wheels of justice despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Dram Shop law holds sellers of alcohol responsible if they overserve a person whose intoxication results in injury or death to another.
Cole will share with Chris one client’s inspiring story about pursuing justice under the Dram Shop Act. The case faced evidentiary obstacles in the civil justice system and extraordinary pandemic-related challenges. Cole also shares some takeaways to help you prepare for your next trial in this new era.
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2014 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award FinalistFour attorneys from the Beasley Allen Law Firm have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year award for their work on litigation related to Toyota sudden unintended acceleration. The nominees, Jere Beasley, Cole Portis, Ben Baker and Graham Esdale, along with attorneys Larry Tawwater and Paul Martin led the charge against Toyota on behalf of the Bookout and Schwarz families. Bookout v. Toyota Motor Corp. was the first suit to go to trial against Toyota tying sudden unintended acceleration to electronic throttle control problems.
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