William F. Cook

Partner
360 Haddon Avenue, Westmont, NJ 08108
Tel: 856.854.8900 / Fax: 856.858.4967
wcook@brownconnery.com

Labor and Employment / Litigation / Government Litigation

William F. Cook is a partner with the firm. 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.

Mr. Cook frequently serves as a speaker on various areas, including civil case trends and updates, federal litigation, pretrial preparation, and employment matters. These have included seminars with the National Business Institute, the Camden County Bar Association, and the Association of Federal Bar of New Jersey. Mr. Cook has also served as an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers-Camden Law School teaching 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.

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 is the co-chair of the Civil Practice Committee and the Employment Law Committee of the Camden County Bar Association. He is also a Trustee of the Association.

education

University of Pennsylvania (B.A, summa cum laude, 2000)

University of Pennsylvania School of Law (J.D., 2003)

admissions

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

professional affiliations

American Bar Association

New Jersey Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Camden County Bar Association

American Association for Justice

recognition

University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa (2000)

publications

“Proportionality? Say What?  Understanding The 2015 Federal Rule Changes,”  Susan M. Leming and William F. Cook, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, Federal Practice Issue, 295-AUG N.J. Law. 56  (August 2015).

“Civil Practice Update,” Camden County Barrister (January 2014, February 2014, March 2014).

“EEOC Filing Requirements in Disparate Impact Cases,” New Jersey Law Journal Employment Quarterly (2010).

“New Jersey Supreme Court Issues Key Ruling on Retaliation Claims Under the Law Against Discrimination,” Brown & Connery Labor and Employment News (2007).

“The  New Jersey Division of Civil Rights – An Overview,” Brown & Connery Labor and Employment News (2007).

“Happy New Year in May?  Employers Can Be Liable for End-of-Year Bonuses Even Where Terminated Employee Does Not Remain Employed At Year’s End,” Brown & Connery Labor and Employment News (2006).

“The New Jersey Bill of Rights and a ‘Similarity Factors’ Analysis,” 34 Rutgers L.J. 1125 (2003)

“From Barrister to Jurist: Judge King on Insurance Law, Evidence, and Advocacy,” 35 Rutgers L.J. LI (2004).

speaking engagements

“Federal Rule of Evidence (FRE) 502, eDiscovery and Attorney-Client Privilege: What You Need to Know in 2017 Live Webcast,” The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series (2017)

“Understanding Psychological Fitness-For-Duty Evaluations,” Camden County Bar Association Lunch & Learn (2017)

“Civil Practice Update,” Camden County Bar Association (2016)

“New Jersey Civil Trial Preparation,” Camden County Bar Association “CLE on Tap” (2016)

“Advanced Employment Law – Preparing for Electronic Discovery in Litigation,” National Business Institute Seminar (2016)

“Advanced Employment Law – Recent Developments in State and Federal Employment Law,” National Business Institute Seminar (2016)

“Civil Practice Update,” Camden County Bar Association Seminar (2015)

“New Jersey Civil Trial Preparation,” Camden County Bar Association (2015)

“Human Resources Law from Start to Finish – Controlling Unemployment Costs,” National Business Institute Seminar (2015)

“Human Resources Law from Start to Finish – Other Employment Laws You Need to Know,” National Business Institute Seminar (2015)

“The Proposed Amendments To The Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure,” District Court for the District of New Jersey, Trenton Vicinage (2015)

“Civil Practice Update,” Camden County Bar Association Seminar, (2015)

“New Proposed Federal Rules That are Currently Under Review,” National Business Institute Seminar (2014)

“The Proposed Amendments To The Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure,” District Court for the District of New Jersey, Camden Vicinage (2014)

“New Jersey Civil Trial Preparation,” Camden County Bar Association (2014)

“Civil Practice Update,” Moderator, Camden County Bar Association (2013)

“New Jersey Civil Trial Preparation,” Moderator, Camden County Bar Association (2013)

“Civil Practice Update,” Camden County Bar Association (2013)

“New Jersey Civil Trial Preparation,” Moderator, Camden County Bar Association (2012)

“Civil Practice Update,”  Moderator, Camden County Bar Association (2011)

“New Jersey Civil Trial Preparation,”  Camden County  Bar Association (2011)

“Civil Practice Update,”  Moderator, Camden County Bar Association (2010)

“Employment Law Update Seminar,” Moderator, Camden County Bar Association (2010)

“Civil Practice Update,” Moderator, Camden County Bar Association (2009)

“Civil Practice Update,”  Moderator, Camden County Bar Association (2007)

“Legally Speaking,”  Producer, Television Program, Camden County Bar Association (2007-2009)

“Understanding Disabilities,”  Legally Speaking Television Program (2009)

“Alternative Dispute Resolution,”  Legally Speaking Television Program (2009)

“Understanding Attorney Ethics,”  Legally Speaking Television Program (2009)

“What Do Lawyers Do?” Legally Speaking Television Program (2007)

“Jury Selection and Perceptions,”  Moderator, Camden County Bar Association (2007)

“Succeeding in Federal Court:  The Masters on the Federal Rules, Local Rules, Civil Case Management and Discovery,”  Moderator, Camden County Bar Association Seminar (2006)