Kathryn Carney Cole is counsel in the commercial litigation department, where she represents large and small businesses, financial institutions and individuals in both federal and state court as well as in arbitrations. Her practice areas include a variety of complex commercial, real estate and contract/licensing matters and since 2004, Ms. Cole has been engaged in all aspects of commercial litigation. She has litigated complex commercial cases involving contract claims, product liability claims, tort claims, consumer class action claims, and securities class actions claims. Ms. Cole has also been involved in a number of internal investigations and has represented corporations, investment banks, and other financial institutions before federal agencies and regulatory bodies.
Prior to joining Farrell Fritz, Ms. Cole was a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Ms. Cole's legal experience has also included positions as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard C. Wesley, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2003-04) and New York State Court of Appeals (2002-03); a research assistant to Dean Joseph Bellacosa, St. John's University School of Law; and a summer intern to the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Ms. Cole has performed extensive pro bono work, which afforded her the opportunity to be a Member of The Special Commission on the Future of New York State Courts and a Member of The Fund for Modern Courts' Task Force on the Family Courts.
Ms. Cole was selected for the 2012 Super Lawyers New York Rising Stars - Metro list (Business Litigation).
Ms. Cole earned her Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, in 2002 from the St. John's University School of Law, where she was a scholarship recipient, the Executive Notes and Comments Editor and a Member of the Law Review. In 1999, Ms. Cole received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Colgate University.
Ms. Cole is secretary and a member of the board of directors of the St. John's University Alumni Association, a member of the Colgate University President's Club, of Colgate University's Alumni Admission Committee, of the New York State Bar Association, and of the Nassau County Bar Association. In 2012, Ms. Cole was the recipient of St. John's University School of Law's Recent Graduate Service Award. In 2010, she was selected to be the Long Island Chairperson for Colgate University's Alumni Admission Program.
Ms. Cole is the author of Rape: The Paradigmatic Hate Crime, 75 St. John's Law Review 351 (2001). Ms. Cole has also authored a judicial profile on the Honorable Joanna Seybert, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of New York, which was included in the February 2011 edition (Volume 58, Number Two) of The Federal Lawyer.
Ms. Cole is admitted to practice in New York State, the District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. She is Vice President of the Federal Bar Association's EDNY Chapter. Previously, she was the Chapter's Secretary.
Ms. Cole has an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating.