Decker Jones Partner Patricia B. Cole Recognized by SafeHaven of Tarrant County

Decker Jones Partner Patricia B. Cole
Recognized by SafeHaven of Tarrant County

Fort Worth, Texas –Decker Jones partner Patricia B. Cole will be recognized with a Legacy of Women Award by SafeHaven of Tarrant County Oct. 14 as the Fort Worth honoree for business.

SafeHaven’s mission is to end domestic violence through safety, support, prevention and social change. The annual Legacy of Women Awards luncheon recognizes 15 women who excel in the areas of arts, business, education, health & human services or volunteerism. Nominees were judged on commitment, achievements, initiative, impact and additional contributions.

“I give my time and energy to make a difference in the lives of women and children, not for any sort of recognition,” Cole said “However, I am very flattered to be chosen for such a distinguished award.”

Cole’s areas of practice focus on Probate Litigation, Estate Planning, Business Litigation and Corporate Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Tarrant County Bar Association, Tarrant County Probate Bar, Texas Guardianship Association and a Fellow of the Tarrant County Bar Foundation.

“Through her hard work and endless efforts, Patricia continues to bring awareness to the plight of women, children and the elderly of Tarrant County,” husband Trent Cole wrote in his nomination application. “She has given hundreds of hours of her free time to making a difference in the individual lives of many women and children. She has inspired others to take active roles in their communities.”

“Patricia is a tireless worker, completely dedicated to protecting and advancing the interests of women, children and the elderly,” said Janet Hahn, a partner at Decker Jones.
Cole’s community activities are numerous during the past 15 years. She is a board member of Clark Educational Services Inc., and a volunteer for Fort Worth Habitat for Humanity, Lena Pope Home, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Greater Fort Worth Humane Society. This year, Gov. Rick Perry appointed her to a six-year term on the Family and Protective Services Council to help develop rules and policies that help protect children and individuals who are elderly or have disabilities from abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Cole received a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.

In addition to her law practice, Cole is co-owner of Lone Star Bavarian, Inc., a BMW, Mercedes and Mini service facility.

The full list of 2011 Legacy of Women honorees:

Shirley Orr
Deborah Ferguson
Cheri Irwin

Connie Gauntt
Patricia Cole
Roxann Taylor

Judy Leflore
Triesha Light
Shae Stanfield-McGarrah

Health & Human Services
Jackie Finch
Dr. Karen Albritton
Jenny Ellis

Laura Distefano
Martine Ginsburg/Ginny Richards
Karen Parsinen


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