B.A., Philosophy, University of Colorado, 1973
J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, 1976 with honors

Jon Cole established the Doug Newell Scholarship fund in honor of his law school contracts professor/mentor.

Southern California Defense Counsel, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Professional Liability Underwriters Society, American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Board of Visitors-Lewis & Clark Law School.

California State Bar, United States District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California, United States District Court - Colorado, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court.

Named by his peers as one of Southern California's Super Lawyers,  2006 - 2016; San Fernando Valley Journal "Top 25 Lawyers in the San Fernando Valley," 2007; Los Angeles Magazine "Top 100 Attorneys in Southern California," February 2011, 2012 and 2016; Martindale-Hubbell AV rating.

Jon is married with three children. He is an avid water ski racer and mountain biker. Jon is a seven time National Water Ski Racing champion; 1996 Catalina Water Ski Race record holder for men over 45; Australia Bridge to Bridge water ski race record holder for men over 50.