Merritt A. Cole

Merritt A. Cole


J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, with honors; Associate Editor of the Law Review.
B.A., Yale University, cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Community Involvement has included:

Steering Committee of Law Works, the pro bono community business arm of Philadelphia VIP
Habitat for Humanity in its housing renovation efforts in Camden, NJ.


  • Rule 506 “Bad Actor” Disqualification: SEC Issues Small Entity Compliance Guide White and Williams Securities Alert September 23, 2013
  • General Solicitation and (Public) Private Placements: Navigating the Minefield Planted by New and Proposed SEC Rules White and Williams Securities Alert September 11, 2013
  • “Open Season” on the Accredited Investor Standard: GAO Recommends Alternative Criteria White and Williams Securities Alert July 22, 2013
  • SEC Repeals Ban on General Solicitation and Proposes Significant Changes to Rule 506 Offerings Securities News Alert July 15, 2013
  • Secondary Trading in Privately Held Companies: Private Placement of Securities – Intermediate and Advanced Topics October 4, 2011
  • Developments in China Set Stage for Increase in Investment in the United States February 2010

Professional Activities:

  • Chair of the State and Local Bar Relations Committee of the ABA’s Business Law Section (2015 – 2018)
  • Chair of the Planning Committee for the ABA’s 2016 Annual Business Bar Leaders Conference (Chicago, May 2016)
  • Adjunct Professor, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, where he teaches Securities Regulation (Spring 2012 – 2017).
  • Chair of the Advisory Board of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Business Law Section.