William P. Cole is a Shareholder at Call & Jensen. An experienced trial attorney and former federal prosecutor, Mr. Cole focuses his practice on complex business litigation, class action defense, and white collar matters.
For 13 years, Mr. Cole was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, where he served as Chief of the National Security and Cybercrimes Section, Chief of the Criminal Division, and then First Assistant U.S. Attorney. Recognized for his trial advocacy, Mr. Cole handled some of the nation’s most significant cases, including the trial of four men for funneling money to the foreign terrorist organization, al-Shabaab, and for conspiring to kill overseas, and the trial of an international arms dealer for exporting military aircraft components destined for Iran. He received the FBI Director’s Award for the investigation of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader Anwar al-Awlaki. The Department of Justice also twice awarded him one of its highest honors: the Director’s Award – once for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney; and once for Superior Performance by a Litigation Team.
Mr. Cole’s experience encompasses business litigation, class action defense, trade secret litigation, unfair competition claims, intellectual property litigation, employment-related disputes, white collar criminal matters and investigations, false advertising claims, and all aspects of trial advocacy. He is also a skilled appellate advocate, having written and argued numerous federal appeals.
Before a federal prosecutor, Mr. Cole was an associate attorney with Latham & Watkins and Luce Forward in San Diego. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Stephen H. Anderson, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.