Thomas M. Cole’s practice has primarily included litigation of various matters, including workers’ compensation, torts (automobile, negligence, and medical malpractice), insurance agency errors and omissions, contracts, conservatorships, defense of section 1983 civil rights actions, occupational diseases, and mental health matters.
Over the course of the past several years, Mr. Cole has served as counsel for thousands of mental health commitment court hearings, has been called upon regularly to furnish advice regarding various issues on an as needed and often urgent basis to mental health care provider clients regarding commitments, patient rights, records confidentiality, policies and procedures, and various other miscellaneous matters. Mr. Cole was the principal drafter of the current Tennessee statute permitting mental health commitment hearings to be conducted via video conference. Mr. Cole is often called upon to assist other firm attorneys with difficult or unusual representation problems.
Mr. Cole has served as an invited speaker regarding topics including confidentiality of patient records or seminars for medical records professionals, business, and office managers (March 1990, 1991, 1992, and June 2003). Mr. Cole has presented topics of interest for seminars for mental health care professionals, e.g., Mental Health and the Law in Tennessee, June 2000; Medical Educational Services; Tennessee Mental Health and the Law of 2000; Health ED, LLC.; Mental Health Law 2001; Current Developments in Tennessee; Health ED, LLC; has presented topics regarding mental health law and medical records with the Blount County Bar Association; and Mr. Cole has served as a presenter regarding mental health law on several occasions for law enforcement officer training sessions.
Mr. Cole’s litigation representations have included defense and plaintiff assignments.
*The Order of the Coif is an honor society for law school graduates in the top 10% of their class.