Robert A. Cole, 2017-2018 ADR Section Chair

During his 35-year career as a trial lawyer, Bob was recognized as one of the best.  His accolades include Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Florida Chapters American Board of Trial Advocates and serving as president of FLABOTA and the Jacksonville chapter of ABOTA.

Bob was also the recipient of the Joseph P. Milton Award for Professionalism and Civility in 2019, presented by FLABOTA.  As a defense attorney, he participated as a “problem solver” in countless mediations, including some of the earliest ADR pilot programs in the Middle District of Florida.

Early in his career, Bob served as part of the Supreme Court committee that drafted Rule 10, the Florida Supreme Court Rules for Certified and Court Appointed Mediators.  When the time came to retire from trial work, Bob knew he wanted to mediate, and joined Upchurch Watson White & Max.

A native son of Jacksonville who grew up working with his father, a tugboat and yacht captain on the St. Johns River, Bob has worked hard at everything he does.  As the first in his family to go to college, he is proud that he has built a professional career that has inspired his children to go into the law.  Bob is honored to have served as Chair of the ADR Section, which in just ten years has grown into an active section with quality programs and nearly 1,000 members.