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A. Thomas Cole spent 32 years as a small-town lawyer in Casa Grande, Ariz.—in which A.T. Cole successfully defended a dozen murder cases, two of which risked the death penalty, and co-counseled in the largest personal injury jury verdict, as of 2005, in Arizona history. For his so-called “retirement,” Cole and his wife Lucinda have been rehabilitating a ranch in southwestern New Mexico, where they focus on protecting wildlife and wildlife habitats, wetland restoration and carbon sequestration. Their aim is to draw down their carbon use and to encourage others to do the same. Cole formally chaired the Arizona Humanities Council and served on the Casa Grande City Council. "Restoring the Pitchfork Ranch" is Cole’s first book.