Dave Cole, who currently serves as Senior Litigation Counsel for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1976. He has served in a number of capacities and offices, including the Pima and Maricopa County Attorney’s Offices, the Office of the Attorney General (as an Assistant Attorney General and later as Arizona Solicitor General), and as Clerk of the Court for the Arizona Supreme Court. He served on the Maricopa County Superior Court bench from 1989 to 2007, where he spent the majority of his time in the Criminal and Special Assignment Departments. He taught Evidence and a variety of other courses at both the Pepperdine University School of Law and the Phoenix School of Law and served as an adjunct professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He has served on a number of commissions and committees, including Arizona’s Capital Case Commission (2000-2005). He served as co-chair of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Victims’ Rights Implementation Committee in 1991. He is a former member of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and was a charter member of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Committee on the Rules of Evidence beginning in 2010 (served through 2018).
Dave and his wife Debbie reside in Phoenix, Arizona. Dave has four adult children and three beautiful granddaughters.