Bob Cole brings depth and innovation to his local government clients. Bob has served on boards, provided general legal counsel to local governments, and continually worked with local government staff on day-to-day legal issues for over 35 years. Bob focuses his law practice on collaborating with his clients’ Boards of Directors and executive teams to achieve their desired outcomes based on solid legal advice, real world practical experience, and informed choices.
Bob directed the legal process culminating in 2019 with the consolidation of numerous special district and municipal fire departments in the south Denver metropolitan area into the South Metro Fire Rescue Fire Protection District, which encompasses ten municipalities, portions of three counties, and approximately 540,000 residents. Bob also led the successful legal effort incorporating Colorado’s 10th largest city, Centennial, in 2001 and helped build the initial city government as its first City Attorney. Bob values his long-term relationships with many of his local government clients.
Besides his law degree from Colorado University, Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management. Before becoming a lawyer, Bob worked for nine years for the U.S. Forest Service in California, primarily in fire management and timber management. He has maintained his involvement in natural resource conservation throughout his legal career, including serving on the Board of Directors of the National Forest Foundation from 2005 through 2021, chairing its Conservation and Grants Committee through much of that time and serving as a member of the Executive Committee.
Bob has collaborated with several community organizations, including a high school mountain team and a youth ski club. Bob and Patty have four wonderful children, all of whom are passionate about the great outdoors, enjoying hunting, fishing, cycling, backpacking and anything outside.