St. Louis Fellow attorney Morry S. Cole Friday was elected president-elect of the Missouri Bar. The election took place during the state bar’s Fall Committee Meetings held Nov. 18 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. Cole was elected to fill the vacancy due to the resignation of St. Louis attorney Nancy Mogab.
Cole joins Missouri Bar President Dana Tippin Culter, Vice President Raymond E. Williams, and Immediate Past President Erik Bergmanis as an officer of the 30,000-member organization.
Cole said he looks forward to working with the officers and board to improve services to Missouri Bar members and access to justice for all Missourians.
“The Missouri Bar is a well-run professional organization and I’m honored to be elected to this role to help us continue to refine our best-practices leadership,” Cole said. “In addition to making sure our organization continues to help Missouri lawyers do an even better job for their clients, we will continue to educate our citizens about Missouri’s Non-Partisan Court Plan. As a former law clerk to the Supreme Court of Missouri and now a practicing civil litigator, I have seen the Missouri Plan from both sides of the bench. Simply stated, it continues to work very well for the citizens of Missouriby attracting high-quality judges in the least political way while giving voters the final say."
Cole graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law. He has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2013. Cole is a past chair of the state bar’s Young Lawyers’ Section Council and served on the board in 2002-03 as the representative of that council. Cole is an attorney at Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C., where his practice is focused on complex litigation in state and federal courts.
Cole joins the officers and district representatives Bob Buckley of Columbia, Hon. Charles Curless of Lamar, and John Gunn of St. Louis County as a member of The Missouri Bar’s Executive Committee. His term runs through the 2017 Annual Meeting of The Missouri Bar.