John C. Cook

Partner
Admitted to Practice Commonwealth of Virginia, 1995
District of Columbia, 1990
New York, 1989
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1998
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1998
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1997
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1991
Education

J.D., George Washington University Law School, 1988

B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Gettysburg College, 1985
Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Activities

Virginia State Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section
Member Since: 1998
Section Council (2009-2014)

Fairfax County Bar Association, Employment Law Section
Member Since: 1998
Section Chair (2003-04)

National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
Member Since: 2013

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
Member Since: 2017

Fairfax County Circuit Court
Former Conciliator

District of Columbia Superior Court, Civil Division
Mediator (2001-2013)

Recognitions

Named to Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” in its December 2004, 2005 and 2006 editions.

Selected as a Virginia and/or District of Columbia “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers® Magazine selected in 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Named to the Washington Post’s “Top Attorneys” list in the D.C. Metropolitan Area for 2013 and 2014, and to Northern Virginia Magazine’s "Top Attorney" list in 2016.

Community Service

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Braddock District. (2009-present)
Chair, Public Safety Committee (2016-Present)

Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Operations Board (2010-Present)
Chair (2015)

Northern Virginia Regional Commission (2009-Present)
Treasurer (2016-Present)

Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (2010-Present)
Chair, Governance Committee (2017)

Continuing Legal Education Presentations or Publications
  • “Key Discovery and Evidence Issues in Employment Litigation” and “Employee Benefits Basics,” Virginia Employment Law, National Business Institute (NBI), September 2017
  • “Plaintiff’s Theory of an Effective Employment Case,” Virginia Continuing Legal Education (Va.CLE) Annual Employment Law Update, May 2017
  • “Wage and Benefits Issues” and “FMLA and Other Leave Issues,” Human Resources Law, NBI, February 2017
  • “Admissibility Questions” and “Handling Email, Social Media and Other ESI,” The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit, NBI, December 2015
  • “Pushing the Envelope: Emerging Plaintiffs’ Theories,” Virginia Bar Association (VBA) Labor and Employment Law Section Conference, Oct. 2010
  • “ADA Amendments: Adjusting to the New Terrain,” VBA Labor and Employment Law Section Conference, Oct. 2009
  • “Business and Employment Torts: Just Sue Me,” VBA Labor and Employment Law Section Conference, Oct. 2008
  • “Effective Discovery Techniques” and “Working with Expert Witnesses,” Evidence, NBI (October 2008)
  • “Evolving Theories of Recovery,” Va.CLE Annual Employment Law Update, May 2008
  • “Human Resource Law,” NBI, October 2007
  • “The FMLA from the Perspective of Plaintiff’s Counsel,” to the Fairfax Bar Association (FBS) Employment Law Section, May 2007
  • “Small Office Management for the Legal Professional,” NBI, October 2006
  • “Screening Requests For Help With Employment Issues,” to the Fairfax Pro Bono Program and Employment Law Section, May 2006
  • “Litigation: The Initial Phase,” Va. CLE Annual Employment Law Update, May 2006
  • “Winning your First Civil Trial in Virginia,” NBI, May 2005
  • “Winning Deposition Strategies,” NBI, 2004
  • “Trying Your First Civil Case in Virginia,” NBI, 2003
  • “Points to Consider in Settling Employment Law Cases,” Va. CLE Annual Employment Law Update; May 2003
  • “Employment Law Update,” Half Moon Seminars, 2002
  • “Advanced Civil Discovery for the Litigation Paralegal in Virginia,” NBI, 2002
  • “Employment Lawyers Assess the Impact of Reeves Lifeboat or Mirage,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Summer 2001
  • “Achieving Settlement and Avoiding Summary Judgment in Employment Law Cases,” FBA “Continuing Legal Education Expo,” October 2000
  • “Title VII Filing Deadlines and Exhaustion Requirements Post- Dodge,” FBA Employment Law Section, March 2000
  • "Indemnification and Additional Insureds" to the commercial claims branch of the CNA Insurance Companies, 1998
  • "Risk Management Issues" to insurance agents at the 1998 CNA "Expo."
Biography

John C. Cook is a founding partner of Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC, where he has practiced since the firm’s inception in 2007. Previously, John practiced in two firms in Northern Virginia. He began his career in the District of Columbia’s Corporation Counsel’s (now Attorney General’s) office.

John’s practice emphasizes the representation of executives, employees and small businesses in employment law matters, including advice and counsel regarding workplace issues; drafting, review and negotiation of severance agreements, executive contracts and employee handbooks; and litigation arising out of breach of contract, non-competition agreements, workplace assaults, theft of proprietary information, fraud, Family and Medical Leave Act and disability issues, discrimination claims, and Fair Labor Standards Act (overtime pay) disputes. His practice also includes a wide range of other civil litigation matters.

John is a member of the Virginia, District of Columbia, and New York State Bars. He is a former member of the Section Council of the Virginia Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and is a former chair of the Fairfax County Bar Association’s Employment Law Section. He has served as a mediator for the District of Columbia Superior Court and as a conciliator for the Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Virginia Business magazine named John one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in its December 2004, 2005 and 2006 editions. “Super Lawyer” magazine selected him as a Super Lawyer in 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. John was named to the Washington Post’s “Top Attorneys” list in the D.C. Metropolitan Area for 2013 and 2014, and to Northern Virginia Magazine’s "Top Attorney" list in 2016. John has lectured frequently and published articles on civil litigation and employment law issues.

A native of the Catskill Mountains in New York, Mr. Cook received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Gettysburg College, where he was selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. degree from The George Washington University.

In addition to his law practice with the firm, since 2009 John has served on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, where he represents the Braddock District. He chairs the Board's Public Safety Committee. He also serves on Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Operations Board, which he chaired in 2015; the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, where he serves as Treasurer; and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, where he chaired the Governance Committee.

John and his family reside in North Springfield in Fairfax County, Virginia. John is a former president of his civic association, PTA Board member, and youth recreational sports coach. He is a member of Burke United Methodist Church, where he has served on the personnel, building, and preschool committees.

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