Jessie A. Cook

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana

Law Office of Jessie A. Cook
Jessie A. Cook
Law Office of Jessie A. Cook

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense

Licensed in Indiana since: 1979

Education: Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, German

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2010, 2012 - 2023
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Law Office of Jessie A. Cook

3650 N Washington Blvd
Indianapolis, IN 46205 Phone: 812-232-4634 Email: Jessie A. Cook


Jessie A. Cook represents individuals accused of major felonies in state and federal courts. She graduated from IU Maurer School of Law (1979, cum laude), the National College of Criminal Defense and the Darrow College of Capital Defense. She teaches advanced trial advocacy at the Maurer School of Law- Bloomington, and for various continuing legal education programs including the Federal Defender Organization, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and ICLEF’s Trial Advocacy Skills College. Jessie is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of its Access to Justice Committee. She served on the Indiana Supreme Court 's Rules Committee for ten years and chaired the Committee for the last five of those years. She is a founding member and former board member of the Indiana Federal Community Defenders, Inc., a Master Life Fellow and former Board member of the Indiana Bar Foundation, and a long-time member of the ISBA and its Criminal Justice Section's governing Council and has previously served as a  member of the ISBA'S Board of Governors and chaired its House of Delegates,  She is a member of NACDL, NLG,  NAACP and the 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.

First Admitted: 1979, Indiana

Professional Webpage:

  • 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., Indiana Public Defender Council; Indiana State Bar Association; Indiana Federal Community Defenders
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Cook teaches Advanced Trial Advocacy at IU Maurer School of Law. Additionally, she teaches an annual trial skills program for ICLEF's Trial Advocacy Skills College as well as teaching multiple sessions of trial skills annually for Federal Defender Services. 
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Cook provides pro bono representation to indigent clients through a variety of agencies. She provides pro bono expungements and license reinstatements to Veterans in treatment courts; she provides Know Your Rights and legal observer training for the National Lawyer's Guild; she assists federal prisoners in filing petitions for Compassionate Release.  
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys Member, National Lawyer's Guild Member, ISBA  Member, Governing Council ISBA Criminal Justice Section Member, Indianapolis and Terre Haute Bar Associations Former member Indiana Supreme Court Rules Committee and former Chair of the Rules Committee, 2022

Office location for Jessie A. Cook

3650 N Washington Blvd
Indianapolis, IN 46205

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