Cole received his Bachelor of Arts in History, with honors, from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. While in law school, he was a managing editor for the Emory Law Journal. Before joining the Circuit, Cole interned with U.S. District Judge Kathleen M. Williams of the Southern District of Florida, the Atlanta Regional Office of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, and the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.