FAQ

How large is Cook Craig & Francuzenko?

We are a firm of 12 people, consisting of seven attorneys, two paralegals, an office administrator, a firm assistant, and our receptionist.

Our partners are John Cook, Christopher Craig, Alexander Francuzenko, and Broderick Dunn. Our associate attorneys are Philip Krone, Michael Arena, and Andrew Tureaud.

You can learn about our attorneys and staff by reading their profiles:

When was the firm founded?

The firm was founded in 2007 under the original name of Cook & Kitts. We changed our name to Cook Craig & Francuzenko in 2012, but our dedicated, cost-effective representation has remained the same. Our attorneys have several decades worth of combined experience, and are recognized across the region as leaders in law.

What are your practice areas?

Our attorneys practice primarily in the areas of employment, estate planning, business law, personal injury, civil litigation, and civil rights defense. However a full list of our practice areas can be reviewed here.

Where does the firm practice?

Cook Craig & Francuzenko attorneys are licensed in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. We practice in all Northern Virginia counties, including Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Loudoun, and the City of Alexandria. In some cases, we will accept a matter that is located in a southern Virginia county. If we are unable to assist you, our attorneys will provide you a referral.

Do you offer free consultations?

Our attorneys generally charge an hourly rate for the consultation. In some limited capacity, we may offer a discounted consultation but it is at the discretion of the attorney you will meet with. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation, please call us at 703-865-7480.

How do I schedule a consultation?

Please call our office at 703-865-7480 and one of our initial call specialists will be able to assist you in setting up your consultation. Our specialists will take down some basic information such as your name, email, phone number, and the names of all interested parties. We will then walk you through a questionnaire to get a basic understanding of your case. This questionnaire will then be reviewed by one of our attorneys for next steps on scheduling your consultation.

How do your fees work?

When retaining our firm, we will deliver to you a representation agreement and you will pay a representation fee. These funds are held in our non-interest-bearing trust account on your behalf, and only drawn upon after time or costs are expended in your matter. At the conclusion of your matter, any funds that remain will be refunded to you.

This representation fee is dependent on many factors and must be determined by the attorney you meet with during your initial consultation. While a case may seem simple, there may be facts which can complicate your matter. Our initial call specialists who assist you in setting up your consultation will not be able to make this assessment.

In most cases, our attorneys charge an hourly rate, which typically includes the initial consultation. Our firm measures our time using the legal industry standard of six-minute increments. Our billing period closes on the 26th of every month. Within five business days, you will receive a detailed invoice which will reflect time completed on your case, as well as any costs incurred on your behalf.

What type of costs may I incur in the course of my matter?

There may be several types of costs associated with your case, depending on the complexity. Some of the most basic costs include postage, FED-EX or courier fees, copy costs, and mileage. For cases that are more litigation intensive, fees may include court reporters and depositions, subpoenas and process of service, court filings, transcripts, and/or mediation, just to name a few. Your attorney will be able to walk you through any other types of costs as needed.

I am a former client. How do I get a copy of my file?

Please call 703-865-7480 to speak to one of our paralegals if you need a copy of your file. We do not retain closed files on site, so please allow up to 2 weeks to receive your file, as we may need to retrieve it from our offsite storage. Please note that in most types of cases, the Virginia State Bar regulations require us to only retain files for 7 years. Files older than 7 years are subject to destruction without notice.

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