William J. Cook

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Tampa, FL

Barker | Cook
 | 501 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1040
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-489-1001
Fax: 813-489-1008
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (30%),
  • General Litigation (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    William J. Cook, an attorney of the law firm Barker | Cook, represents clients throughout Florida, including Tampa and surrounding areas, in matters involving commercial and employment disputes, securities litigation, insurance, and personal injury. Mr. Cook's peers have awarded him with the highest possible rating of AV-Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell, which speaks to his stellar professional reputation and track record of high moral character.

    Mr. Cook attended the Stetson University College of Law where he was actively involved as an editor with the Stetson Law Review. While in school, he also received the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Business Associations and was honored as a finalist in the Scribes National Note and Comment Competition. Serving his internship for U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich of the Middle District of Florida provided him with valuable experience in courtroom procedures.

    After graduating cum laude, Mr. Cook became licensed to practice under the Florida Bar in 1993. He is also admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and District of Columbia Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.

    Mr. Cook has written several published articles on legal topics such as unfair insider trading and appeals issues. He also co-wrote the Florida Practice Handbook, Damages in 1995 along with the Florida Practice Handbook, Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law in 1998. Topics of other legal articles include the basics of civil litigation, insurance coverage, federal court, Florida civil procedures and expert testimony. Mr. Cook has been asked to speak at a number of professional conferences on topics such as third-party insurance coverage, tort law, class action lawsuits, Federal and Florida civil procedure and Florida legal ethics.

    *AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Business Litigation
    • 30%Employment & Labor: Employer
    • 20%General Litigation


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    Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021

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    About William Cook

    Admitted: 1993, Florida

    Professional Webpage: http://www.barkerrodemsandcook.com/Attorneys/William-J-Cook....


    • Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell
    • American Jurisprudence Book Award in Business Associations, Stetson University College of Law
    • Finalist, Scribes National Note and Comment Competition, Stetson University College of Law, 1992 - 1993

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • Member, Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section, The Florida Bar
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
    • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
    • Florida, 1993
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    • Member, Business Law Section, The Florida Bar

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Past President, Rotary Club of Tampa Bay
    • Pro Bono Attorney Ad Litem, Crossroads for Florida Kids

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Lectured, "Florida Legal Ethics," Lorman Business Services, Inc., January, 2001
    • Editor, Stetson Law Review, Stetson University College of Law
    • Speaker, Advanced Trial Tactics, National Business Institute, 2018
    • "From Insider Trading to Unfair Trading: Chestman II and Rule 14e-3," 22 Stetson L. Rev. 171, 1992
    • "Getting Slam-Dunked on Appeal," The Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer, April 1998
    • Co-Author of Florida Practice Handbook, Damages, 1995
    • Florida Practice Handbook, Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law, 1998
    • Lectured, "Insurance Law: Third Party Coverage in Florida", National Business Institute, November, 1998
    • Lectured, "Basic Tort Law for the Florida Paralegal", National Business Institute, June, 1999
    • Lectured, "Litigating the Class Action Lawsuit in Florida", National Business Institute, October, 1999
    • Lectured, "Protecting the Legal Rights of Florida Citizens in Consumer Transactions", National Business Institute, March, 2003
    • Lectured, "Rules and Procedures for Federal Court Success", National Business Institute, June 2008
    • Lectured, "The Mechanics of Florida Civil Procedure", National Business Institute, October, 2011

    Educational Background:

    • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 1993
    • Virginia Tech, B.A., 1990
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    Office Location for William J. Cook

    501 East Kennedy Boulevard
    Suite 1040
    Tampa, FL 33602

    Phone: 813-489-1001

    Fax: 813-489-1008

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