Cole Wist is a creative problem solver, a seasoned litigator, and a principled, dedicated advocate. For nearly thirty years, he has represented clients in complex litigation matters across the country. Cole has also served his community and state as an elected official.

Cole represents employers in labor and employment matters, focusing on workplace safety and health and industrial crisis management. He is regularly called upon to defend clients in high-stakes litigation on a wide range of matters following workplace accidents and emergencies. Over the course of his legal career, Cole has counseled clients following high profile incidents in a variety of industrial settings, including construction sites, surface and underground mines, oil and gas production and processing facilities, pipelines, electrical generation sites, smelters, and chemical plants. Cole has litigated product liability and complex tort cases to verdict in state and federal court.

In addition to his litigation practice, Cole represents clients in administrative regulatory enforcement matters before state and federal agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA), and the Chemical Safety Board. Cole advises and trains employers regarding inspection strategies, liability prevention, and crisis management. His experience also includes representation of clients on retaliation and whistleblower claims.

Cole served two terms in the Colorado House of Representatives and was elected Assistant Minority Leader by his peers. Over the course of his legislative career, Cole earned a reputation as a productive, bipartisan lawmaker who was not afraid to take on tough issues. His work was recognized by national and state organizations including Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Colorado Civil Justice League, and Mental Health America.

TRAININGS and seminars

  • Client Seminar - "Anatomy of an OSHA Serious Injury/Fatality Investigation: Are You Prepared?" - San Diego - May 2017
  • Wyoming Mining Association - "Minimizing MSHA Liability and Enforcement" - Casper, - November 2014
  • 2014 Employment Law Conference - "Drugs in the Workplace" - Denver - October 2014
  • Utah SHRM Crossroads Conference - "Crisis Management: What You Don't Know Can and Will Hurt You" - Provo - September 2014



Professional Activities

State Representative and Assistant Minority Leader, Colorado House of Representatives

Commissioner, Uniform Law Commission

Governor's Task Force on Civil Justice Reform

Dean's Advisory Board for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Denver