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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.

Cole second chaired a $100 million arbitration in Toronto over the duration of 3 years representing a large general contractor against a power plant development corporation. In this case, Cole represented the general contractor in asserting subcontractor pass-through claims from roofing, architectural finish, concrete foundation, structural steel and crane erection contractors against the developer. Upon resolution of this case, Cole generally recovered nearly 100% of the subcontractors’ claim amounts.

He has published various articles including: “Back to Basics: What is a Changes Clause?” and “Davis-Bacon Act Compliance.” Cole was member and treasurer of the Business Law Society at UGA Law and research assistant with Professor Jamie Dodge at UGA Law. Cole also completed the prestigious Georgia Tech Oxford Program study abroad in summer 2011.


  • Construction Law

  • Arbitrations/Mediations

  • Construction Litigation

  • Project Consulting

  • Contract Consulting

  • Construction Liens

  • General commercial litigation for construction industry clients


  • State Bar of Georgia, Member

  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member at Large

  • American Bar Association, Member

  • National Roofing Contractors Association, Counsel


  • “Change Orders and Contract Negotiations”, presented at Commercial Roofing Overview, Atlanta, Georgia, 5.08.19