Erika E. Cole, The Church Attorney, to launch church and faith-based organization practice at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP announced July 11 that Erika E. Cole, a preeminent nonprofit organization attorney with a significant reputation among churches and faith-based organizations, has joined the firm as a Partner as of July 1, 2017. Cole is one of only a handful of attorneys in the U.S. practicing exclusively in the area of church law. Over the past 12 years, she has built a national reputation as The Church Attorney®.

Joining Cole from the church law practice at her previous firm, The Law Offices of Erika E. Cole, LLC, are Counsel Candie C. Deming and Associate Counsel Maame A. Amponsah.

“We are delighted to welcome Erika and her team to the firm,” said Managing Partner Martin Fletcher. “Her deep understanding of church communities, her reputation as one of the leading church law experts in the country, and the sheer scope of her network in this sector mark the beginning of what we believe will be an important new practice area for the firm.”

Cole’s client base includes national denominations representing hundreds and sometimes thousands of individual churches. She focuses on the full range of legal issues confronting faith-based organizations.

“I am excited to join Whiteford, which shares my deep commitment to value-based client relationships,” Cole said. “At the same time, given the firm’s full range of legal services and administrative support, I see genuine efficiencies for my clients.  It is an exceptional opportunity both to serve my existing clients and to expand my work as The Church Attorney®, to which I am continually devoted.”

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