James V. Cole II
Principal and Multiemployer Practice Group Leader, Groom Law Group
Jim Cole is General Counsel of the NCCMP, a Principal at Groom Law Group, Chtd., and the head of Groom’s multiemployer practice group. He has represented numerous retirement, health, apprenticeship, and other types of multiemployer plans and multiemployer plan trustees in a variety of industries over the past twenty-five years. His practice includes specialization in issues regarding fiduciary duty, plan investments, plan funding, mass withdrawals, plan mergers and partitions, withdrawal liability, prohibited transactions, reporting and disclosure, plan tax qualification, and tax exempt organizations. In addition, Jim has successfully represented multiemployer plans, plan trustees, and other plan fiduciaries during numerous DOL investigations, IRS audits, and other litigation.
Jim earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from George Mason University Law School, where he served as an editor of the George Mason Law Review. He also earned his LL.M. in Tax and a Certificate in Employee Benefits from Georgetown University Law Center, graduating with distinction. He is a frequent speaker and author of articles on employee benefit matters.