Cole R. Gresham

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Birmingham, AL 35259

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Cole R. Gresham


Cole is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie and his practice is devoted to a broad variety of litigation matters, concentrating on complex, high-risk litigation. Cole serves as a member of the firm's recruiting committee


* Currently representing The University of Alabama in a trademark dispute with sports artist Daniel A. Moore that has been the subject of press coverage by numerous news outlets including The New York Times, NPR and ESPN.

* Currently representing a large government contractor in a fraud and breach of contract case with a former employee.

* Currently representing KKR in a securities fraud case arising from the leveraged recapitalization of the Bruno's grocery store chain.

* Successfully represented UAB and the UAB Research Foundation in an intellectual property dispute relating to a universal control system for electrosurgical devices.

* Successfully represented a large hedge fund in a trade secrets and fraud case relating to the purchase of the international energy portfolio from the Enron Bankruptcy.

Honors And Awards

Cole was named a Rising Star for the state of Alabama by the 2014, 2016, and 2017 editions of Mid-South Super Lawyers® magazine.

While in law school, Cole was a Hugo Black Scholar, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and received the Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award. Cole served as Articles Editor for the Alabama Law Review and was a member of the publication’s Managing Board. Cole was also a member of the Campbell Moot Court Board and the Labor and Employment Moot Court Team.

Community Involvement

Cole is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, the Birmingham Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Speeches And Publications

* Jay M. Ezelle and Cole R. Gresham, "Big Verdicts, Limited Discovery: The Rising Importance of Trade Secrets in Alabama," in the Cumberland Law Review, Vol. 44, pg 55 - 77(2014).

 * Trade Secret Protection in Alabama, Board of Directors of the Birmingham Venture Club, Birmingham, AL (February 28, 2013)

Related News

11/7/2017 Twenty-Eight SDF Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers

11/9/2016 Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers

6/7/2016 Global Law Experts Select Starnes Davis Florie as Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Alabama - 2016

1/21/2016 Starnes Davis Florie Announces New Partners

4/29/2014 Thirty SDF Attorneys Named to Alabama Super Lawyers 2014

4/18/2014 Starnes Attorneys Ezelle & Gresham Publish Article in the Cumberland Law Review


Business Litigation
Collegiate Sports
Intellectual Property
Securities Litigation


J. D., summa cum laude, University of Alabama School of Law (2009)

B.A., Furman University (2005)

Bar Admissions



U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama