Friday, Feb 7th, 2020
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC is proud to announce J. Cole Davis, Christine Harding Hart, and Edward T. Rowe have been promoted to Member with the firm.
“As a testament to their dedication to both the firm and their clients, we are pleased to welcome all three of these exemplary lawyers into our membership,” said Roger Bates, Managing Lawyer of the firm.
Davis is a member in the firm’s Panama City Beach office. He currently serves as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Panama City Beach and represents other local governments in a wide range of matters including the Bay County School Board, the City of Callaway, the City of Springfield, and the City of Mexico Beach.
In addition to his local government practice, Davis handles a wide variety of civil litigation with an emphasis on labor and employment disputes, workplace discrimination, wage and hour disputes, commercial business litigation, and workers' compensation defense.
Davis enjoys counseling clients to solve tough issues and enthusiastically litigates for them when necessary. He has represented employers in Florida’s federal district courts, state courts, First District Court of Appeals, the Florida Supreme Court, and before numerous government agencies - including the DOL, EEOC, and FCHR.
In 2018, Davis was appointed to the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee for the 14th Judicial Circuit. He also serves as a member of the Operating Board of Alignment Bay and as a member of the Junior Leadership Bar Steering Committee.
Davis is a native of Panama City Beach, and after earning his Bachelor's degree from Florida State University, Davis spent two years with Bay District Schools as a third-grade teacher. Davis went on to graduate from Florida State University's College of Law before returning home to begin his practice.
Hart is a member of the firm’s litigation section in Mobile. Her practice consists largely of federal court litigation and she has litigated cases from the initial pleading stage through trial and appeal. She also provides counseling to local businesses and institutions on a variety of issues.
She is admitted to practice in Alabama and California (inactive), all federal district courts in Alabama, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Hart has substantive knowledge and experience in anti-discrimination matters involving Title VII, Title IX, ADA/Rehabilitation Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983. She also has experience litigating constitutional matters involving First Amendment free speech and Fourteenth Amendment equal protection and due process. She monitors developments in the Eleventh Circuit and the Supreme Court related to federal practice, discrimination, and constitutional rights.
Hart serves as an officer for the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program (“SAVLP”) Board, and provides legal services as a SAVLP Volunteer Lawyer. She also serves on the Board of Flight Works Alabama, and volunteers as the Alabama Chapter Chair for Stanford University's Alumni Interview Program. Hart is a member of Class 15 of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum.
Hart grew up in Orange County, California, and attended Stanford University and USC Gould School of Law. She clerked for Third Circuit Judge Ted McKee in Philadelphia shortly after she began her legal practice.
Hart is married to Curtis Hart, who works at the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Mobile, and together they are raising a young son in Baldwin County.
Rowe is a member in the firm’s litigation section in the Mobile office. His practice focuses on representing businesses and individuals in contract disputes including issues related to commercial transactions, partnerships, construction projects, debt collection, insurance coverage, and employment matters. His experience also includes defending personal injury claims in both premises liability and motor vehicle cases. He has tried cases in state and federal court in Alabama and Florida and has been involved in appeals to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, the Alabama Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Rowe is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He and his wife Laura live in Fairhope where they raise their two daughters.