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Jax Daily Record Monday, Aug. 26, 201312:00 PM EST

Lawyer Snapshot: John Cole


Age: 49, just barely.

Family: Lovely wife of 22 years, Jill; son, John Robert, 16; and daughter Angelina, 13.

Pets: Squeaky, the guinea pig; 10 African cichlid tropical fish, all with names; and Sherman the Stork, who actually lives in the swamp behind our house, but we consider him family.

Education: Undergraduate degree, Florida State University, 1983; Bachelor of Science cum laude, University of Tulsa, 1985; Juris Doctor, Emory University School of Law, 1991

Admitted to the Bar: 1991

Employed by: Gunster

Field of practice: Probate and trust litigation and fiduciary risk management. Florida Supreme Court-certified Circuit mediator.

Professional organizations: Executive council, at-large member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. Probate Law & Procedure, Trust Law, and Probate & Trust Litigation committees; Northeast Florida Estate Planning Council; The Jacksonville Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate and Tax Law Committee; Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, alumnus.

Community involvement: Anything relating to Downtown development, most recently the Downtown Perspectives program.  

How did you become involved?

When the law firm put its support behind Downtown development, I was eager to join in the fun. We believe that Jacksonville recently has discovered a new optimism about Downtown development and we are eager to share that with everyone.

Last book you read/are reading: 

"Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)" by Carol Tavris, but only between editions of Golf Digest.

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