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Interview with Michael R. Cole

Michael Cole served as Chief Counsel to Governor Kean from 1986 to 1989. Prior to that, he was First Assistant Attorney General and Director of the Division of Law in the Attorney General’s Office and Assistant Attorney General in Charge of Litigation responsible for supervising all of the State’s civil litigation. From 1997 until his untimely death in 2011, he was a partner at the Teaneck-based law firm of DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Wisler and held numerous leadership positions for Legal Services of New Jersey, including Trustee, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He served on a number of New Jersey Supreme Court Committees and was a member of the Disciplinary Review Board, an appellate tribunal that is part of theAttorney Ethics discipline system. Cole received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from St. Peter’s University in 1966, where he was on the Dean’s List. He was awarded his J.D. from Rutgers University Law School in 1970. As a law student, he was Notes and Comments Editor of the Rutgers Law Review, where he authored an article on Taft-Harley Act and the impact of an anti-injunction statue on collective bargaining negotiations. Following law school, he clerked for Justice Schettino of the New Jersey Supreme Court. He was married to New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Jaynee LaVecchia.


Interview on January 22, 2008Transcript available here (pdf)