BARBOURVILLE -- John E. Anderson, attorney at law and founder of the firm of Cole, Cole, Anderson & Newman, PSC, was inducted into the inaugural class of Kentucky Workers' Compensation Hall of Fame during a ceremony hosted by the Kentucky Workers' Compensation's community of fellow attorneys and peers.
Anderson, who has spent the past 45 years in practice, was described by Bonnie Hoskins, founder of Hoskins Law Offices in Lexington, as a lawyer's lawyer.
"John is one of the most talented and gifted lawyers that I have ever had the opportunity to work with," Hoskins said, during Anderson's introduction.
Anderson is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and Tennessee and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit and U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky. He earned his B.S. degree in 1969 and Juris Doctor in 1974 from the University of Tennessee with membership in Phi Kappa Phi and the Order of the Coif honor societies. He is a member of the Kentucky Workers Association, Kentucky Justice Association, National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) and Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group. In addition, Anderson is a member of the Kentucky, Tennessee, Knox County and American Bar Associations and has served on multiple legislative and research committees on behalf of injured workers in Kentucky and Tennessee.
The firm that Anderson began working for early in his career in 1974 was founded by the late Charles G. Cole (1918-2001) in 1952. Earl L. Cole, Sr. (1914-1996) joined the firm in 1956. When Anderson joined the firm it became known as Cole, Cole and Anderson. Attorney Frank K. Newman joined in 2009, becoming a partner in what is now called Cole, Cole, Anderson & Newman, PSC. The firm has offices in Barbourville and Richmond, Kentucky, serving clients in both Southeast and Central Kentucky.
The Kentucky Workers' Compensation Hall of Fame's event proceeds go to support Kids' Chance of Kentucky, Inc., an organization that provides educational scholarships to children of injured Kentucky workers. The scholarships help students facing extraordinary obstacles as a result of a parent who was seriously injured or killed in a workplace accident. Cole, Cole, Anderson & Newman supports a named scholarship to fully fund a Kids' Chance college scholarship. For fall 2019, 22 Kids' Chance scholarships were awarded to students attending 14 different colleges and universities.