James J. Cook

James J. Cook


Mr. Cook is an experienced trial attorney, mediator, and arbitrator who has over 35 years of litigation experience. He is a recipient of the Lewis Fenton Award for Excellence in Advocacy. The Monterey County Bar Association gives out this award annually to the attorney who demonstrates proficiency, integrity, and litigation skills in the trial of cases before juries. He has served as lead counsel in a large number of jury and court trials, appellate proceedings, arbitrations, mediations, and agency proceedings. His practice is focused on commercial litigation (including contract, construction, real estate, and employment disputes), trust and estate litigation, and personal injury. Mr. Cook has been active in community affairs in Monterey County. He has served on numerous boards for nonprofit organizations and educational institutions, including the Big Sur International Marathon, All Saints Day School, Carmel Youth Baseball, and Catholic Charities. He has been active in professional activities, having served on the Executive Committee of the Monterey County Bar Association, and has sat as Judge Pro Tem in the Monterey County Courts.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Cook was a Captain in the US. Army (1973-1976) and in the Judge Advocate General Corps as a trial attorney.

Representative Experience

Mediator and Arbitrator

Mr. Cook has served as a mediator on numerous cases involving personal injury, estate and trust disputes, construction issues, employment claims and real property disputes. He has been appointed by the court to serve as a Special Referee in partition cases.

Employment Law

Mr. Cook’ employment law practice is focused primarily on representing employers. His cases have included wrongful termination, sexual harassment, age discrimination, and American with Disabilities Act claims. He has also represented companies in defending wage and overtime claims.

Trust and Estate Litigation

Mr. Cook has represented trustees and beneficiaries in trust and estate litigation. He has litigated cases contesting wills and trusts. He has also served as a mediator on these disputes.

Personal Injury

Mr. Cook has handled cases involving death and major injury vehicular accidents, as well as product liability cases and dog bite cases. He has also represented plaintiffs in Federal Tort Claims cases. Additionally, Mr. Cook serves as an arbitrator and mediator in personal injury cases.

Construction Disputes

Mr. Cook has represented property owners, developers, general contractors, sub-contractors, civil engineers, geo-technical engineers, and structural engineers in construction disputes. He has taken a number of these cases through trial and arbitration and has himself served as an arbitrator and mediator. Mr. Cook has also pursued and defended numerous mechanic liens claims.

Commercial Litigation

Mr. Cook has represented general partners in partnership disputes and litigated corporate disputes. He has also handled corporate, general and limited partnership, and limited liability company dissolutions. In addition, he has represented companies in trade secret litigation.


26385 Carmel Rancho Boulevard
Suite 200
Carmel, CA 93923

T: 831.373.4131
F: 831.373.8302

jcook@horanlegal.com »


State of California

State of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


B.A., East Stroudsburg University, with honors, 1970

J.D., Dickinson School of Law, with honors, 1973

26385 Carmel Rancho Boulevard, Suite 200 Carmel CA 93923

Tel: 831.373.4131
Fax: 831.373.8302