A POWERFUL COMBINATION OF POSITIVE RESULTS AND PROVEN EXPERTISE IN ALASKA SINCE 1994
Brent R. Cole
Brent is a lifelong Alaskan who grew up in Fairbanks and now lives in Anchorage. He graduated from Lathrop High School in 1976. After high school, Mr. Cole worked in the Laborers Union Local 942 to put himself through college and law school. He attended Dartmouth College where he graduated in 1981 with a bachelors degree in Political Science. After college, Mr. Cole attended McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California where he graduated in 1985 with distinction. While still at McGeorge, he worked in the summer of 1983 for Senator Ted Stevens as an Assistant Legislative Aide in Washington, D.C. After law school, Mr. Cole moved to Anchorage and clerked for one year with Seaborne J. Buckalew, a Superior Court Judge. He has passed both the California and Alaska Bar and has been licensed to practice in Alaska since 1986.
After working as a law clerk, Mr. Cole began work with the Anchorage District Attorney’s office in 1986. From 1986 to 1991, Mr. Cole worked as a prosecutor handling all types of criminal cases from misdemeanors to felonies, in Anchorage and around the State of Alaska. He spent time handling the
criminal calendar in Cordova and supervising prosecution of fish and wildlife cases around south central Alaska. Ultimately he prosecuted Joseph Hazelwood for his role in the grounding of the Exxon Valdez.
In 1991, Mr. Cole left the Anchorage District Attorney’s office and went to work with the Law Firm of Brena & McLaughlin, P.C. working on utility and oil and gas matters. Mr. Cole became a partner at the firm and remained there until 1994. In 1994, Mr. Cole joined Erin Marston, another lifelong Alaskan, and formed the firm Marston & Cole, P.C. Mr. Marston and Mr. Cole worked together for 18 years handling a wide variety of civil and criminal matters. Their practice included insurance defense, aviation law, corporate and small business transactions, and civil litigation. Their clients have included oil companies, oil field supply companies, native corporations, FAR 135 operators across the state, and guides and outfitters.
In 2012, Mr. Marston left the firm to become a Superior Court Judge here in Anchorage. Mr. Cole then transitioned into the Law Firm of Brent R. Cole, P.C. Mr. Cole is presently an AOPA volunteer for Anchorage International Airport and a board member of the Alaska Aviation Museum. He is a life member of Safari Club International and volunteers his services on its Legal Task Force Panel.
When he is not working to put his children through college, he flies his own Cessna 185 and flies as often as his wife and pocket book allow.
Traci is a born and bred native to the Pacific Northwest, having grown up in Oregon and moved to Alaska after college in 2007. She attended Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where she graduated with a B.A. in French Language & Literature. Wanting to travel, she ended up working in tourism here in Alaska for four tour seasons, fell in love with Alaska, and it wasn’t long before she was living her year-round.
After working in the Alaskan tourism industry, teaching for a year in the Anchorage School District, spending a year abroad in France teaching English, and finally landing a job at the Anchorage District Attorney’s office, she decided to pursue her own legal education and left Alaska in 2014 for the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she just recently earned her J.D. in May of 2017.
Beyond the practice of local Alaskan law, she has research interests in international law and human rights,
including extensive research on current refugee issues in the United States. Currently, she is awaiting her Alaska bar exam results, but for now Traci is thrilled to be back home in Alaska, and on her off-time can be found hiking, reading, cooking, or probably studying a foreign language.
Originally from Anchorage, Emily graduated from East Anchorage Highschool in 2008. Thereafter, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at Brigham Young University- Idaho in 2013. After returning to Alaska in 2014, she was crowned Miss Chugiak/Eagle River and was a runner-up in the Miss Alaska 2014 pageant. Presently, she is attending the University of Alaska Anchorage in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies along with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Emily worked for BYU-Idaho as a seamstress and IT consultant; for several years, she also worked as an orthodontic assistant prior to assuming her role with the Firm in early 2017.
Typically, Emily is a home-body who prefers to spend time with her cats: Newton, Einstein, and Kes; however, she is not opposed to going on the occasional fair-weather adventure. As an exceptionally uncoordinated individual, Emily enjoys activities such as: reading, sewing, painting, hiking, jogging, weight training, swimming, archery, and kite-flying.
Catlin was born and raised here in Anchorage. She graduated from East Anchorage Highschool in 2008 (with Emily Soule!) and is currently attending the University of Alaska Anchorage in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology along with a minor in Psychology. If all goes as planned, she will complete her degree in December 2017. Prior to joining the Law Office of Brent R. Cole, P.C., in 2014, Catlin worked at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office and the Law Offices of Gregory J. Grebe.
When not focused on her work with the Firm or her studies, Catlin is an avid adventurer. She makes it a point to explore and appreciate our wonderful state. In the summer season, you will find Catlin on the mountains or training for her next athletic triumph looming on the horizon. Never in a state of inertia, Catlin plays hockey in the winter; although she has played for several teams over the years, Catlin prefers a pick-up game, or pond-hockey, to sanctioned events.