_U5U9836-retouchCole has practiced law in Alaska since 2004.  Prior to practicing law, Cole was a tax accountant for national and regional CPA firms and international and national companies. Cole is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master’s degree in taxation from the University of Denver.

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    Cole’s practice focuses on structuring and drafting documents related to purchases and sales of businesses and merger and acquisition transactions, choice of entity, real estate transactions, and income tax planning for entities and individuals, probate and trust administration, estate planning and related matters.

    Cole’s clients include individuals, small to large scale businesses in various industries, limited liability companies, corporations (including S corporations), joint ventures, partnerships, non-profit corporations, and personal representatives of trusts and estates.



    Society of Financial Service Professionals – Rules of Thumb for Selling a Business, 2017
    Anchorage Estate Planning Council – Tax Elections and Rules of Thumb for Selling a Business, 2016
    Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., CPAs – Buy-Sell Agreements, 2009
    Alaska Bar Association, Tax Section – IRC §704(c) Partnership Allocations, The Basics, 2006
    Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, Adjunct Professor of Tax– Taught entity, property and estate and gift taxation principles to graduate and undergraduate students, 2003


    Co-author of the Bloomberg BNA Alaska Corporate Income Tax Portfolio (2017)


    Alaska Board of CPAs
    Alaska Society of CPAs, Tax Section
    Alaska Bar Association, Tax Section and Business Section

    Professional Experience

    Attorney since November 2004
    – Practice of law in the business, estate and tax arenas

    Clerk, Douglas J. Brajcich, J.D., C.P.A., Spokane, WA, 2002-2004
    – Sophisticated tax planning and research regarding individuals, C and S corporations, LLCs and partnerships

    Tax Manager and Consultant, Phoenix Fuel Corporation, Sheridan, WY, 2000-2001
    – Tax planning and compliance, including all domestic and Canadian tax filings of an international aviation fuel distribution company

    Tax Senior, Hansen, Barnett & Maxwell, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT, 1999-2000
    – Preparation of individual, flow-through and corporate returns, with emphasis in publicly traded consolidated entities

    Tax Senior, BDO Seidman, L.L.P., Denver, CO, 1998-1999
    – Preparation of individual, flow-through and corporate returns, with an emphasis in publicly traded consolidated entities

    Tax Accountant, J.D. Edwards & Company, Denver, CO, 1996-1998
    – Wide range of tax and accounting experience, including tax research, federal and state compliance, transfer pricing, FAS 109, and research and development credits

    Community Activities

    Gonzaga University Alumni Association, Alaska Chapter, Past Director
    Alaska Pacific University Foundation, Attorney


    J.D., Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, 2004
    Master of Taxation, University of Denver Graduate Tax Program, Denver, CO, 1999
    B.B.A., Accounting, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 1995


    Alaska Bar Association, 2004
    Wyoming Bar Association, 2005
    Montana Bar Association, 2007


    Dog training, boating, fishing, Tang Soo Do Karate, and scuba diving.