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Guy R. Cook

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Des Moines, IA

Grefe & Sidney, PLC
500 East Court Avenue, Suite 200
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-245-4300
Fax: 515-245-4452
Email: Guy R. Cook
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2022
Licensed in Iowa Since: 1982
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: White Collar, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Guy R. Cook is a Des Moines, Iowa, native. He has been practicing law more than 35 years. He is a board certified trial lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Guy has served as counsel in more than 1000 litigated matters and has tried more than 200 jury trials. Guy has extensive and wide-ranging courtroom experience. He has successfully defended major business litigation, obtained million dollar jury verdicts, and successfully defended significant federal criminal cases. He has tried complex civil and criminal cases throughout the state of Iowa, including wrongful death, serious personal injury, products liability, securities fraud, medical malpractice, semi truck collisions, insurance fraud, sexual assault, false arrest and breach of contract claims.Guy is a graduate of the University of Iowa and Drake University Law School. He worked his way through school as a union ironworker, campus security officer, and law library assistant. While in school Guy was vice president of the Liberal Arts Student Association, resident advisor for Acacia fraternity, and worked as a legislative intern in the Iowa General Assembly. During law school he was a staff writer and researcher for the Drake Law School Legal Research Service and a prosecutor intern in the Polk County Attorney's Office.Upon graduation from Law School, Guy served as a judicial law clerk for Justice J.L. Larson of the Iowa Supreme Court, assisting Justice Larson in researching and drafting legal opinions of the Iowa Supreme Court.In 1983, Guy was appointed Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. As a federal prosecutor, Guy tried a wide range of criminal cases, including embezzlement, bank robbery, tax fraud, murder for hire, obstruction of justice, narcotic offenses, bank fraud, and kidnapping. Among the cases he prosecuted were the largest insurance fraud in Iowa history, the then largest drug case in Iowa history, and the largest tax evasion case in Iowa history. Guy received written commendations from FBI Directors William Webster and William Sessions. He has also received commendations for his trial work in major criminal cases by the District Director of the IRS and the Resident Agent of the U.S. Secret Service. In 1987, Guy was asked to join the Des Moines law firm of Grefe & Sidney, P.L.C. as a trial attorney. He is a senior partner practicing exclusively in the field of litigation. Guy's extensive courtroom work has taken him to courts across the state of Iowa. He has also appeared in federal courts in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri and Illinois. He has been involved in nearly all types of litigation.In addition to his work as a trial lawyer, Guy is past president of the Polk County Bar Association, the largest metropolitan bar in the state of Iowa representing more than one-fourth of all the lawyers in the state. Guy is also past president of the Iowa State Bar Association. He is also a past member of the Drake Law School Board of Counselors.Guy was elected by fellow lawyers in Iowa to serve as commissioner on the Iowa State Judicial Nominating Commission, which interviews and screens judicial applicants for positions on the Iowa Supreme Court and Iowa Court of Appeals. He has also served as an appointed member of the Merit Selection Panel for selection of U.S. Magistrate Judges for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Guy was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission. The Commission investigates and hears ethical complaints against Iowa lawyers

Certificates and Credentials

About Guy R. Cook

First Admitted: 1982

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Primer On The Law Of Plea Bargains Under The Federal Rules Of Criminal Procedure, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, November 1986; A Peek Inside Iowa's Largest Insurance Fraud-Tips On How To Keep It From Happening To You Grefe & Sidney Seminar, April 1988; Bad Faith-Iowa Supreme Court Recognizes Tort Cause Of Action For First-Party Insurance Bad Faith Grefe & Sidney Seminar, April 1989; Examination Under Oath And Arson Claims Grefe & Sidney Seminar, April 1990; Misrepresentation In Insurance Applications-Elements Of The Defense Grefe & Sidney Seminar, April 1991; Corporate Conduct And Criminal Litigation Grefe & Sidney Seminar, January 1992; Alternate Dispute Resolution; When It Should Be Used; How We Can Help Grefe & Sidney Seminar, April 1992; Chiropractic Treatment-Critical Analysis Grefe & Sidney Seminar, April 1993; Federal Civil Litigation Lorman Education Services, July 1994; Iowa Evidence Primer: Recurrent Questions Of Relevance Grefe & Sidney Seminar, April 1995; Trial Of The Soft Tissue Injury Case National Business Institute, Inc., June 1995; Product Liability Law Update Iowa State Bar Association Seminar, October 1995; Insurance Coverage Law In Iowa National Business Institute, Inc., January 1996; Punitive Damages-A Primer On Iowa Law Grefe & Sidney Seminar, April 1996; Bad Faith Litigation In Iowa National Business Institute, Inc., April 1997; Effective Use Of Video Technology In Litigation Grefe & Sidney Seminar, April 1997; Effective Use Of Video Depositions Iowa Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, September 1997; Trying The Automobile Injury Case In Iowa National Business Institute, Inc., February 1998; Expert Witness Testimony, Selection And Coordination Of Experts Lorman Education Services, July 1998; Handling Chiropractic Testimony Iowa Defense Counsel Association, September 1998; A Practical Guide To Federal Court Rules And Procedures In Iowa National Business Institute, Inc., October 1998; Premises Liability-A Guide To Iowa Law Grefe & Sidney Seminar, October 1998; Semi-Truck Collisions: Gaining The Advantage Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Rapid Fire Seminar, April 1999; Iowa Insurance Bad Faith Claims Lorman Education Services, June 1999; Investigation And Evaluation Of The Closed Head Injury Case (The Post-Concussive Syndrome) Grefe & Sidney Seminar, October 2000; Effective Use Of Video Depositions Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, Bookmarks For Success: Learn From The Masters, February 2001; Masters In Trial, Trial Demonstration, Truck/Pedestrian Case American Board of Trial Advocates, September 2001; Selection And Coordination Of Experts Grefe & Sidney Seminar, October 2001; Ethically Representing Difficult Clients To Successful Resolution Of Their Cases Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, Difficult Issues In The Trial Practice, March 2002; Critical Thinking: A Case Study Grefe & Sidney Seminar, April 2002; Masters In Trial, Trial Demonstration, SUV Roll-Over Case American Board of Trial Advocates, September 2002; Effective Settlement Strategies Grefe & Sidney Seminar, October 2002; Plaintiffing From The Defense Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, November 2002; Effective Jury Selection Grefe & Sidney Seminar, April 2003; Taking And Defending Effective Depositions In Iowa Lorman Education Services, May 2003; Strategies For Selecting Your Jury Iowa Trial Lawyers Association Auto/Personal Injury Seminar, June 2003; Valuation Of The Plaintiff's Case Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, June 2003; Courtroom Technology-The New Reality Of Trial Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, Winning Techniques In Trial Advocacy, April 2004; The Lie Detector/Polygraph: Secrets Revealed Grefe & Sidney Seminar, October 2004; Ethical Issues In Federal Practice Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Advocacy Institute, Challenges To A Trial Practice, March 2005; Overcoming Jury Bias Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, April 2005; Observations On Effective Jury Selection And How Juries Really Think Grefe & Sidney Seminar, October 2005; Impeachment Of Jury Verdicts Iowa State Bar Association, May 2006; Observations On Effective Jury Selection And How Juries Really Think Iowa State Bar Association, May 2006; Filings And Jury Trials In Iowa District Courts Grefe & Sidney Seminar, April 2007; Iowa 2007 Update: Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims And Ethics Complaints In Your Law Practice Minnesota Lawyers Mutual, May 2007; Ethical Rules Update Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 2007; Legal Ethics And Metadata Trade Regulation and Corporate Counsel Seminar, Iowa State Bar Association, September 2007; What Works & What Doesn't Work in a Jury Trial: Audio-Visual Aids, Exhibits, Demonstrative Evidence Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, Important Issues Facing the Trial Lawyer, February 2008; Legal Ethics Issues Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 2008; Attorneys are from Mars, Jurors are from Venus: 10 Keys to Understanding Jury Deliberations Iowa State Bar Association, June 2008; Tips for Effective Objections at Trial Iowa State Bar Association, June 2008; What Hollywood can Teach about Effective Cross Examination Iowa State Bar Association, June 2008; Elements and Evidence of Affirmative Defenses Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, August 2008.

Educational Background

  • University of Iowa, B.A. 1979; Drake University, J.D. 1981


  • Certified Member, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum (membership granted only to trial lawyers achieving verdicts or settlements of one million dollars or more; 1 of only 20 lawyers in Iowa admitted to membership) • Inducted into the society of Outstanding Lawyers of America. • Conferred Certified Membership, Senior Counsel, American College of Master Advocates and Barristers (more than 75 trials required-membership by invitation only) • Fellow, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (limited to top 250 trial lawyers in Iowa-membership by invitation only) • Conferred Membership, American Board of Trial Advocates • Board Certified, National Board of Trial Advocacy • Awarded highest legal accolade A.V. rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory • Recognized as a "Leading Individual" in Litigation in Iowa by Chambers & Partners Legal Publication

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified Trial Lawyer, N.B.T.A.
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Office Location for Guy R. Cook

500 East Court Avenue
Suite 200
Des Moines, IA 50309

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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