Charley is an indispensable member of Sturgill Turner’s government services and municipal law practice. He provides legal counsel to numerous Kentucky cities, counties, law enforcement agencies and other governmental and quasi-governmental entities. Charley is knowledgeable in the areas of law that affect public entities on a daily basis, including personnel and employment issues, statutory civil rights, planning and zoning, risk management, administrative law, and open records and open meetings laws. The hallmarks of his practice include governmental immunity, official immunity, alcoholic beverage laws, the Kentucky Police Officer Bill of Rights, police officer discipline and police officer liability.
Government & Municipal Law Experience
Kentucky Supreme Court
- Stephen Derrick Hill v. City of Mt. Washington, 448 S.W.3d 746 (Ky. 2014). Litigation concerning the applicability and scope of Kentucky’s Police Officers’ Bill of Rights.
- Commonwealth of Kentucky, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control v. City of Somerset, Kentucky, No. 2014–SC–000154–MR, 2014 WL 5410325. City brought suit against ABC seeking determination that it usurped its statutorily defined role in process of distributing licenses. ABC petitioned the Supreme Court for writ of prohibition to block trial court from proceeding, which was denied.
- County of Harlan v. Appalachian Regional Health Care, Inc., 85 S.W. 3d 607 (Ky. 2002). Hospital providing medical treatment to indigent prisoners petitioned for writ of mandamus after dispute arose between hospital and county jailer regarding payment for medical services.
Kentucky Court of Appeals
- Jeffrey Pearce v. City of Harrodsburg, et al., 440 S.W.3d 392 (Ky. App. 2014). The Plaintiff Police Officer alleged violations of his Police Officer Bill of Rights and also constructive discharge.
- Snowden v. City of Wilmore, 412 S.W.3d 195 (Ky. Ct. App. 2013). Litigation concerning alleged contractual and business relations interference, involving annexation, zoning and proposed development of a horse farm.
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Williams v. London Utility Com’n, 375 F.3d 424 (6th Cir. 2004). Breach of contract, constitutional and ADA allegations.
- Tucker v. City of Richmond, 388 F.3d 216 (2004 WL-2402488 (6th Cir. 2004). First Amendment retaliation.
- Shamaeizadeh v. Cunigan, 338 F.3d 535 (6th Cir. 2003). Unlawful search and seizure.
- Best Lawyers in America®: Municipal Law
- Kentucky Super Lawyers®: State, Local & Municipal, Civil Rights, General Litigation
- Inclusion in Trial Law, Inc.’s 2008 list of “Kentucky’s Million Dollar Opening Statements” based upon a jury verdict rendered in his client’s favor in Franklin Circuit Court.
Judicial Update, a CLE for the Municipal Attorneys Association of Kentucky Municipal Law Seminar (May 2017)
What Supervisors Need to Know About Personnel Policies, a presentation to the City of Danville, (April 2017)
Advanced Legal Issues Affecting Local Governments and Municipalities: An Ultimate Guide, National Business Institute CLE (December 2016)
An Update on the Police Officer Bill of Rights, Kentucky (Larger) Home Rule Cities Meeting (August 2016)
A Current Look at Government Immunity, National Business Institute Local Government Law CLE (2015)
Police Liability and Ethics: Other Current Police Liability Issues, NBI Local Government Law CLE (2014)
42 U.S.C. §1983 Federal Practice, Federal Bench & Bar Conference (2013)
Uniformed Employee Discipline, Kentucky League of Cities Conference (October 2007)
Qualified Official Immunity in Kentucky, CLE presentation at the KBA Conference (2008)
Annual presenter of legal updates affecting municipalities for the Municipal Attorneys Association of Kentucky (May 2016-present).
Frequent speaker and CLE lecturer on topics concerning governmental and quasi-governmental entities and their officials.
Taxpayer Revolt, Enhanced Scrutiny of Special Districts, and House Bill 1, Bench and Bar (March 2014)
- Cole secures a victory for the City of Somerset
- Judge affirmed Charles Cole’s arguments to uphold police officer discipline imposed by Paris board of commissioners
- Cole secures unanimous council vote on police disciplinary hearing
- Charley Cole particpates in appeal under newly revised Police Officer Bill of Rights
- Barren Circuit Court Affirms Glasgow Police Officer Termination
- Eleven Sturgill Turner attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 edition
- Twelve Sturgill Turner attorneys make Kentucky Super Lawyers 2017 list
- Kentucky Bar Association Local Governmental Law Section, Chair (2009-2010), Chair-Elect (2017-2018)
- Municipal Attorneys Association of Kentucky (MAAK), First Vice-President
- Fayette County Bar Association
- Kentucky Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Fayette County Bar Foundation, Director and Founding Fellow
- Junior Achievement, Volunteer Instructor
- Robert E. Frazier Tri-City Charitable Foundation, Inc., President
- Eastern Little League, Volunteer/Assistant Coach
- University of Kentucky, J.D. (1997)
- University of Louisville, M.B.A. (1995)
- University of Kentucky, B.A. (1990)
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