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Moore & Rutt welcomes Sussex native Dorey Cole to practice

Dec 12, 2013
Source: Submitted Dorey Cole

Moore & Rutt PA announces the addition of Sussex County native Dorey Cole, who comes to the Georgetown-based practice with more than a decade of experience in government law.

Cole joined the firm in September and has quickly gone to work meeting with clients and taking on a variety of legal projects. She joins founding partners Everett Moore and David Rutt, as well as James Sharp, Dorian Kleinstuber and Shannon Owens as a practicing attorney in the law firm.

“Everett Moore and David Rutt lead a top-notch firm that focuses on real estate, estate planning, civil litigation, municipal work and business law,” Cole said. “I am excited to join their distinguished practice.”

A native of Frankford and Bethany Beach, Cole graduated as valedictorian from Indian River High School in 1995. She attended the University of Richmond for her undergraduate studies, graduating summa cum laude, and was accepted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She later attended Washington and Lee School of Law in Lexington, Va., graduating in 2002 in the top 15 percent of her class.

After completing her law degree, Cole returned to Delaware to clerk for Superior Court Judge Joseph R. Slights III. Government law captured her interest, and in 2003 she landed a position in the New Castle County Law Department, where she worked for 10 years and was promoted to assistant county attorney II before departing in spring 2013 to return home to Sussex County, where her parents Neil and Barbara Cole, both retired teachers, still live.

“The New Castle County Law Department was a wonderful place to work. I was given significant responsibility immediately and was able to expand my skills quickly,” Cole said. “I practiced in a wide variety of areas - real estate, construction, contracts, and environmental law. I gained invaluable experience. I drafted contracts, researched, wrote legal memoranda, and litigated. I did a little bit of everything.”

Cole will continue her governmental work at Moore & Rutt PA as well as focus on real estate settlements and estate planning. She said she is especially enthusiastic about working with local realtors, lenders, and builders. “Delaware real estate is one of a kind. I appreciate and respect the history here, and I am looking forward to assisting the real estate community with its legal needs.”

Cole now lives in Bethany Beach with her family, only a few miles from her childhood home. “It is a thrill to be back in Sussex County. My husband and I wanted to raise our children in a clean, safe, and family-friendly environment, and Sussex County is the perfect place to do that. It is a wonderful feeling to be home again,” she said.

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