Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Terre Haute, IN

Jessie A. Cook
Law Offices of Jessie A. Cook
400 Wabash Avenue, Suite 212
Terre Haute, IN 47807
T:Work 812-232-4634
F: Fax812-235-0292
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2010, 2012 - 2016
Licensed Since: 1979
Education: Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense
Languages Spoken: English, German


Jessie A. Cook represents individuals accused of major felonies and capital offenses in state and federal courts. She graduated from IU - Bloomington (1979, cum laude), the National College of Criminal Defense and the Darrow College of Capital Defense. She teaches trial advocacy at the Maurer School of Law- Bloomington, and continuing legal education programs for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the Indiana Public Defender Council and ICLEF’s Trial Advocacy Skills College. Jessie serves as a Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (Access to Justice Committee); Board of Governors, Indiana State Bar Association; Governing Council and past chair, ISBA Criminal Justice Section; Master Fellow and former Board member, Indiana Bar Foundation. She is the current chair of the Indiana Supreme Court Rules Committee and a member, NACDL, NLG, ACLU. Jessie was the 2008 recipient of the IPDC’s Gideon Award, the 2013 recipient of the ISBA's“GP Hall of Fame Award” for excellence in general practice, and the 2014 recipient of the IFCD's Thurgood Marshall award for indigent defense in federal court.

Years of Selection

Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2010, 2012 - 2016

About Jessie Cook

Admitted: 1979, Indiana

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Honors and Awards:

  • Cook was awarded the Gideon Award by the Indiana Public Defender Council in 2008 for outstanding service to the cause of indigent defense. She was the 2013 Recipient of the Indiana State Bar Association’s “GP Hall of Fame Award” for excellence in general practice and the 2014 recipient of the Indiana Federal Community Defender's "Thurgood Marshall Award" for her representation of federal defendants.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Cook is the Chair of the Indiana Supreme Court Rules Committee.She is a long-time member of the Indiana State Bar Association, serves on the Board of Governors and was the 2014 Chair of the House of Delegates; formerly Chair of the ISBA's Criminal Justice Section and currently on the governing Council of the Section. She is a Master Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation and formerly served on its governing Board. She was a charter member, and is currently a board member, of the Indiana Federal Community Defenders, Inc.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Cook provides pro bono representation to indigent clients through a variety of agencies. She provides pro bono legal observer training for the National Lawyer's Guild. She volunteers at the Interfaith Winter Shelter for the homeless in Bloomington, IN.  
Last Updated: 12/14/2015
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