B. THOMAS COOK, JR
Tom Cook is a highly successful criminal defense attorney who has been passionately defending those accused of crimes for over 25 years. He has built his criminal defense practice based on exhaustive and thorough case preparation, creative and strategic pretrial tactics, and unwavering courtroom showdowns. Mr. Cook is recognized for his efforts and success by prosecutors, judges, and other professional peers throughout the State of Georgia.
Before building a criminal defense practice, Mr. Cook was a prosecutor serving as Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Western Judicial Circuit for 14 years. He has prosecuted thousands of cases involving serious felonies. During his time serving as a prosecutor, Mr. Cook was also the director and instructor of the Prosecutorial Clinic at the University of Georgia School of Law. He taught, coached, and trained hundreds of students who many of which are currently top prosecutors and renowned state and superior court judges throughout Georgia. Mr. Cook has maintained a strong relationship with all of his top students.
Combined in criminal defense and prosecution, Mr. Cook has litigated over 400 jury trials. His experience as a former chief prosecutor creates an advantage in criminal defense tactics by easily anticipating and identifying strengths and weaknesses in a prosecution’s case and uses them to his client’s advantage in preparing a winning defense. Mr. Cook’s knowledge of the law in all perspectives and his command in the courtroom has led to favorable results for his clients.
Mr. Cook is a frequent lecturer in seminars on criminal law and a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He also serves as Chancellor of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served his country in the U.S. Army Reserve and Georgia Army National Guard for 30 years and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He served active duty during Operation Desert Storm, and served as Military Judge for Georgia for six years.
University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1971
Davidson College, A.B., 1968
State Bar of Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
Court of Appeals of Georgia
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
United States Court of Military Appeal
United States Army Court of Military Review