Brown & Connery, LLP
William F. Cook is a partner with Brown & Connery LLP in Westmont, New Jersey. He concentrates his practice in civil trial and appellate litigation in various areas, including civil rights and discrimination, municipal liability, insurance coverage, commercial litigation, and employment-related claims. He has represented individuals as well as private and public entity clients, including professionals, police officers, police departments, municipal and county governments, political subdivisions, and businesses. He has successfully handled claims in all of these areas, and provides ongoing consultation and training to clients in these matters. He also provides regular counseling concerning electronic discovery, cyber preservation, internal investigations, labor matters, and compliance.
Mr. Cook frequently serves as a speaker on various areas of his practice, including civil case law trends and updates, federal litigation, pretrial preparation, and employment matters. He has spoken at seminars with the National Business Institute, the Camden County Bar Association, and the Association of Federal Bar of New Jersey. He has also produced a television program for the Camden County Bar Association, “Legally Speaking”, and he has served as an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers-Camden Law School for the “New Jersey Practice” course.
Mr. Cook has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Rules of Evidence Committee since 2010. He has served as the chair of the Government Records Subcommittee as well as the chair of the Inadvertent Disclosure Subcommittee. He has drafted several Subcommittee reports and proposed amendments to the New Jersey Rules of Evidence with respect to electronic discovery issues.
Mr. Cook is the co-chair of the Civil Practice Committee and the the Employment Law Committee of the Camden County Bar Association. He is also a Trustee of the Association.
Mr. Cook was admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 2003. He is also admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cook served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Michael Patrick King, Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. Mr. Cook also served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey. Mr. Cook graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in economics and political science. He earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2003.