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Russell T. Cook

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Brentwood, TN

Cook Tillman Law Group
5141 Virginia Way, Suite 220
Brentwood, TN 37027
Phone: 615-200-9117
Fax: 615-370-5938
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Licensed in Tennessee Since: 1991
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Business/Corporate
Attorney Profile

Attorney Russell T. Cook is the founding member of Cook Tillman Law Group, in Brentwood, Tennessee. Board- certified as a specialist in estate planning by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, Mr. Cook also holds accredited specialist designations in estate planning from the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. He has more than 31 years of experience assisting clients throughout Middle Tennessee with their legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Estate planning, wills and trusts
  • Estate and trust administration
  • Probate and probate litigation, including probate for out-of-state adult children
  • Conservatorships
  • Business succession planning
  • Corporate law and entity formation

Widely regarded as a leader in his field and recognized as a Continuing Legal Education Speaker by the Tennessee Bar Association, Mr. Cook conducts numerous continuing legal education seminars across his region. He also routinely provides invaluable counsel to Certified Financial Planners through his role as Continuing Education Sponsor from the CFP Board. Drawing upon his extensive experience in his legal areas, Mr. Cook has appeared on several radio and television news outlets, where he has provided in-depth legal commentary on a variety of subjects.

A 1984 graduate of the State University of New York, Albany, Mr. Cook received honors for completing the International Business Studies Program at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He then attended American University's Washington College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1987. Active in his legal community, he is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Middle Tennessee Estate Planning Council and the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, among his other professional affiliations.

Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and exceptional client service, Mr. Cook has earned many accolades from his peers, including a Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished* peer review rating, and he has received excellent client reviews on Avvo along with numerous positive testimonial and referrals from those he has served.

*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
Estate Planning & Probate, Business/Corporate
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Business Organizations


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021

About Russell T. Cook

First Admitted: 1988, Maryland

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • National Association of Estate Planners and Councils
  • Maryland, 1988
  • Tennessee, 1991
  • Member American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Middle Tennessee Estate Planning Council, 1991

Educational Background

  • University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark I.B.S., 1983
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.A., 1984


  • Recognized by the Tennessee Bar Association as a Continuing Legal Education Speaker

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Retirement Report
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Speaker
  • CFP Board as a Continuing Education Sponsor
  • CFP Board as a Continuing Education Sponsor
  • Co-Host of the Retirement Report on News Channel 5+
  • Continuing Legal Education Speaker
  • TN Asset Protection Seminar
  • Basic Estate Planning Seminar

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Estate Planning Specialist by the Tennessee Board of Certification and Specialization
  • Accredited Estate Planner and Estate Planning Law Specialist designations with the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Men of Valor - Prison Ministry

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Office Location for Russell T. Cook

5141 Virginia Way
Suite 220
Brentwood, TN 37027

Phone: 615-200-9117

Fax: 615-370-5938

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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