Christa Cole

Head of Legal Brand Development, Enforcement and Licensing at Nestlé USA Inc

Christa Cole, a member of the global Nestlé legal IP team, is head of legal brand development, enforcement and licensing for Nestlé USA, the world’s leading food and beverage company. Ms Cole, based at the Arlington, Virginia headquarters, oversees the trademark protection and enforcement for well-known brands such as Nespresso, Chameleon Cold Brew, Nescafe, Nesquik, Coffee Mate, Toll House, Stouffer’s, Digiorno, Hot Pockets, Sweet Earth and most recently premium water brands Acqua Panna, Perrier and S Pellegrino. She manages all aspects of the US trademark portfolio, including, trademark selection and prosecution, counselling marketing teams on the adoption of new brands, brand licensing, trade dress protection and enforcement, and US trademark litigation. Ms Cole also developed and is a former co-leader of the Nestlé Arlington campus gender balance network to increase inclusivity and support of women at every stage in their career.

Prior to joining Nestlé, Ms Cole was general counsel to California Tan Inc in Los Angeles, California. At California Tan Ms Cole directed global legal affairs for this market leader of indoor tanning lotions.

Ms Cole received an international LLM from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a JD from Western State University in Irvine, California. She received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from USC. Ms Cole is a member of the State Bar of California and admitted as corporate counsel in Virginia. 

Professional associations

  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • INTA


  • Food/beverage

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Nestlé USA Inc
Arlington VA
United States

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