Adam Cole

Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Tel (718) 254-0700 x 306

Adam hails from sunny San Diego, California, where he began his commitment to public service by founding a volunteer organization with his father during high school. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, he volunteered at the Berkeley Suitcase clinic providing free services to the local homeless population, while majoring in Political Science and minoring in Ethnic Studies. During college, Adam studied a semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he learned to speak Spanish and consume copious amounts of dulce de leche without falling ill. After graduating from college in 2002, Adam wrote music reviews for now-defunct ReadyMade magazine and registered emergency room patients at a hospital in San Francisco. He attended law school at the University of California, Hastings, graduating in 2007. Throughout law school, Adam volunteered at La Raza Centro Legal, an immigration clinic providing free counsel in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Upon graduating law school, Adam clerked for a federal magistrate judge in Las Vegas, Nevada. He would often observe court proceedings and was impressed by the passion and commitment of the public defenders he observed in court and found himself rooting for them during oral arguments. Beginning in 2008, Adam cut his teeth as a criminal defense attorney at the Marin County Public Defender’s office in San Rafael, California, where he used his Spanish to manage the court’s heavy interpreter calendar. It was in Marin County where he fell in love with public defense, getting schooled by senior attorneys in a zealous, no-holds-barred approach to client advocacy and reveling in the office comradery after a big trial win or tough loss.

Since 2008, Adam has stayed true to his love for public defense, working as a public defender in Napa, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. He joined Brooklyn Defender Services in the criminal defense practice in 2017.