Russell D. Cook

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Fresno, CA

Russell D. Cook Mediator
 | 1233 West Shaw Avenue, Suite 100
Fresno, CA 93711
Phone: 559-404-0720
Fax: 559-225-2389
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (80%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

The founder and owner of Russell D. Cook Mediator, Russell D. Cook devotes the majority of his practice towards that alternative dispute resolution method. He is also an accomplished trial attorney, and he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and wrongful death litigation, employment claims involving wage and hour matters as well as harassment and discrimination, contract breaches, business torts, and construction and other real estate disputes. Based in Fresno, Mr. Cook is admitted to practice in California, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central districts of California as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Mr. Cook has presided over several hundred mediations during his career, including claims involving multiple parties, and the types of matters that they have involved are varied and often complex. They have encompassed landlord-tenant disputes, bad faith and other insurance coverage claims, business matters, construction contracts, personal injury, and wage and hour claims. As a neutral third party in these proceedings, his goal is to help the participants reach an accord without having to resort to litigation. Mr. Cook is on the approved list of mediators in several county courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. He is also on the mediator panel for the California Association of Realtors, and he has been approved as an arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association.

Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Cook has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo. A graduate of California State University, Fresno, where he received a Bachelor of Science in 1976, his legal education was obtained at San Joaquin College of Law, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1980.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Alternative Dispute Resolution (80%): Mediation

Construction Litigation (10%)

Personal Injury - General (10%)

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Super Lawyers: 2019

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About Russell Cook

Admitted: 1980, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Martindale Hubbell Rating: AV Preeminent in Litigation and Personal Injury

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeal, May, 1998
  • United States District Court Central District, July, 1999
  • United States District Court Eastern District of California, December 1980
  • United States District Court Northern District, February 1984
  • Panel Arbitrator, Kern County Superior Court
  • Admitted to California Bar, December 1980
  • Panel Mediator, United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • Panel Mediator, California Association of Realtors
  • Fresno County Bar Association
  • Eastern Madera County Bar Association
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Southern California Mediation Association
  • Association of General Contractors
  • Member State Bar of California, Assocation of General Contractors, Assocation of Conflict Resolution, Central California Chapter, Southern California Mediation Association, Fresno County Bar Assocation, Eastern Madera County Bar Assocation
  • American Arbitration Association – Mediator
  • American Arbitration Association – Arbitrator
  • State Bar of California

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Judge Pro Tem, Fresno County Superior Court 1995 - Present State Bar of California Special Master, 1995 to 2012

Educational Background:

  • California State University, Fresno BS 1976

Industry Groups

  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction
  • Personal Injury
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Office Location for Russell D. Cook

1233 West Shaw Avenue
Suite 100
Fresno, CA 93711

Phone: 559-404-0720

Fax: 559-225-2389

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Last Updated: 3/6/2019

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