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Biography: Cole A. Hickman

Cole practices in the areas of estate planning and closely held business law. His clients have ranged from individuals and start-ups to Fortune 25 companies.

Individuals and families rely on Cole to help them plan what to do with their assets during their lifetimes and upon death. He prepares a variety of estate planning instruments, including wills, trusts, health care directives, and powers of attorney. In addition, Cole assists his clients in mitigating estate tax by drafting such documents as disclaimer trusts, credit shelter trusts, and irrevocable life insurance trusts.

Cole also works with clients after the death of a family member. In this role, he assists his clients and their families in carrying out the decedent’s final wishes. He counsels personal representatives, trustees, and beneficiaries through probate and the trust administration process.

In addition to estate planning, Cole regularly represents closely held businesses in both transactional and litigation matters. This includes preparing corporate documents, pre-litigation and litigation avoidance, litigation, and mergers and acquisitions. Cole has first chair trial experience and has argued cases before the Minnesota Court of Appeals for his business clients. He also works with clients to develop tax efficient business succession strategies.

Cole is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and North Dakota State Courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

My clients thank me for turning their problems into opportunities. I enjoy learning the stories of each of my clients, which helps me identify opportunities tailored to their specific goals and objectives.
- Cole A. Hickman


Cole earned his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, cum laude, where he was on the Dean’s List, was nominated for a Burton Award for legal writing, received an award for the highest grade in Advanced Advocacy and a CALI Award for the highest grade in Consumer Rights Law. He received his B.A., cum laude, from St. John's University.

William Mitchell College of Law

St. Paul, MN
Major: Law
Degree: J.D.

St. John's University

Collegeville, MN
Major: Economics
Degree: B.A.


Professional Associations:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Community Activities:

  • Plymouth Lions Club, President/Former Vice President
  • Plymouth Lions Club, Grants Committee Chair
  • St. Joseph Parish Community, Finance Committee Member
  • Wills for Heroes, Volunteer Attorney

Past Seminars

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