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Law School:
University of Georgia, 2015

Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S., International Affairs, 2012

Practice Area: 
Construction Law

Admitted to Practice:
Georgia Supreme Court, 2015
Southern District of Georgia, 2017

Assistant: Celeste S. Costello

J. COLE PHILLIPS became an Associate with HPSS Law in March 2019. Cole is an experienced construction litigator, having handled many disputes in the United States and Canada.

Before beginning the practice of law, Cole worked with several contractors building nuclear energy projects in South Carolina and Georgia. During that work, Cole gained a thorough understanding of construction work, contracts, design challenges, and government interaction. Cole uses that experience to enhance his work for his clients.

Cole received his J.D with honors from University of Georgia School of Law in 2015. Cole is admitted in Georgia. Cole’s practice focuses on construction disputes, project counseling, alternative dispute resolution techniques, and construction litigation.

I second chaired a $100 million arbitration in Toronto over 3 years. I have published articles “Back to Basics: What is a Changes Clause?” and “Davis-Bacon Act Compliance.” I was a member and treasurer of the Business Law Society at UGA Law. I was a research assistant with Professor Jamie Dodge at UGA Law. I was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha in undergrad and later house manager then secretary. I did the Georgia Tech Oxford Program study abroad in summer 2011. Please give me other thoughts on what I should include.


Mr. Gallagher graduated from University of Florida in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction. After graduation, Mr. Gallagher worked as a project coordinator and project manager for a general contractor for over five years. In those roles, he delivered a variety of on-time and under-budget commercial construction projects. His education and industry experience give him vast knowledge of what is required to design, develop, and construct successful projects.  

Mr. Gallagher received his J.D., with honors, from Emory University School of Law in 2014. While in law school, he completed a legal fellowship with Atlanta BeltLine, Inc where he developed procurement policy, reviewed and drafted agreements, and assisted in dispute resolution. After graduating from Emory Law, Mr. Gallagher worked at Fulton County Superior Court in the Business Case Division; there, he honed his research and writing ability under guidance of the Business Court’s four judges before beginning his practice in the construction litigation group of an Atlanta law firm.  

Mr. Gallagher is a Member at Large of the Board of Directors for Atlanta Bar Association’s Construction Law Section and focuses his practice on Construction Litigation.   


  • Construction Litigation

  • Construction Liens

  • Contract Consulting

  • General commercial litigation for construction industry clients

Professional Achievements/Affiliations

  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member at Large

  • Fulton County Superior Court

    • Business Case Division - Legal Assistant Specialist

  • Emory University, School of Law

    • Juris Doctor (J.D.), With Honors

    • Atlanta BeltLine Legal Fellowship

    • Emory Corporate and Business Law Society

    • Emory Law Peer-To-Peer Academic Counselor

    • Deans Teaching Fellow

  • University of Florida

    • Bachelor of Science, Building Construction

    • Associated General Contractors Student Member

    • Attended Lippe Summer Construction Study Abroad Program in Detmold, Germany; International Studies in Construction at Fachhochshule Lippe und Hoxter.