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L. Cole Callihan


L. Cole Callihan joined Adams in Reese in 2011 as a Litigation Associate. Cole is a member of the firm’s pharmaceutical and medical device, and maritime teams.

As a member of the pharmaceutical and medical device team, Cole has acted as local counsel in a large-scale, multi-district litigation for an international pharmaceutical manufacturer. He focuses primarily on issues related to expert testimony, and has been an advocate on the expanding role of pharmacogenomics in drug development and its future role in litigation.

In his maritime practice, Cole counsels and defends domestic and international clients on a wide variety of regulatory, commercial, and litigation matters, including Jones Act compliance and coastwise trade; manning requirements in the outer continental shelf; vessel entrance reporting requirements; vessel and cargo arrests and attachments; charterparty and bill of lading disputes; public/private partnership agreements and marine terminal operating agreements; vessel classification societies; Jones Act claims for bodily injury and inhalational exposure; and collision and allision matters involving the Shipping Act, navigation rules, and SOLAS. Cole advises companies on their compliance with laws and regulations involving the United State Coast Guard (USCG), United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), and Maritime Administration (MarAd).

His representative experience includes:

  • Counseled an international transportation company on Jones Act regulations governing the chartering and operating of United States and foreign-flagged vessels in coastwise trade, and obtained favorable rulings from MarAd and CBP.
  • Defended a marine services provider in an administrative action brought by CBP for over $2 million in civil penalties, ultimately mitigating the penalties by over 85%.
  • Excluded general causation testimony in both state and federal court in a nationwide pharmaceutical litigation.

Before attending law school, Cole had a background in finance, with concentration in investments and financial services, and earned a bachelor of science in business administration from Louisiana State University. Cole received his J.D., cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama.

When not practicing law, Cole enjoys music, travel, and Formula 1.