Biography

Cassye Cole represents clients in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters, and is a member of the Independent Monitoring Team for the Newark Police Division (“NPD”), responsible for overseeing the City of Newark’s and NPD’s compliance with a Consent Decree entered into with the U.S. Department of Justice.  Additionally, Ms. Cole maintains an active pro bono practice by helping clients from underrepresented communities and advocating for survivors of abuse.  She is also a member of Patterson’s Diversity Committee, and the recipient of the Inaugural Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Diversity Fellowship.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cole was a student prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York.  She earned her graduate degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she focused her research on the link between cultural biases, sub-cultural beliefs and policing.  She has also spent time teaching in impoverished communities in Costa Rica.

Representative Matters have included:

White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations
Counsel for individuals in connection with an internal investigation into alleged manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and other benchmark rates.

Defended private equity and venture capital firm against allegations of violating the Securities and Exchange Act.

Anti-Counterfeiting
Counsel for a leading dietary-supplement manufacturer in a massive Lanham Act litigation against distributors of counterfeit dietary supplements.  Successfully obtained dismissal of an “unclean hands” defense based on client’s alleged false advertising and fraud-based counterclaims.

False Advertising
Counsel for a prominent pet food manufacturer in multi-defendant litigation involving advertising claims.

Products Liability
National and Local Counsel for medical device and prescription drug manufacturers of FDA-regulated products in state, federal and multi-district litigations.

Law Firm Defense
Counsel for law firm and attorney in malpractice claims stemming from the representation of employee benefit funds.

Pro Bono
Mentoring college-bound youths from underserved communities, and serving as a Constitutional Law Debate Coach.

Served as a Mock-Trial Coach and Mentor for high-school students.

Represented neglected children on appeal to the First Department.

Provided low-income elderly clients residing in Manhattan with assistance drafting estate planning documents.

Successfully obtained the removal of a client’s name from the State Central Register.

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • New York

Professional Activities

MEMBERSHIPS: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Member, Committee on Retention and Recruitment of Lawyers, 2016-present); Association of Black Women Attorneys (“ABWA”) (Co-Chair, Judicial and Legislative Committee, 2016-present); Practicing Attorneys for Law Students (“PALS”) (Member, Young Leadership Board, 2016-present)

Publications

“Product Liability & Toxic Tort Litigation: Recent ‘Reglan’ Decision Chips Away at Preemption,” New Jersey Law Journal, December 14, 2016 (co-author)

“User’s Guide to Recent Revisions in the Commercial Division Rules,” Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, December 1, 2016 (co-author)

"Supreme Court: Criminal Defendants Can Use Their Own Funds to Hire Counsel," Bloomberg BNA's Criminal Law Reporter, May 4, 2016 (co-author)

“User’s Guide to Recent Revisions in the Commercial Division Rules,” Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, January 2015 (co-author)