David L. Cook, Managing Partner
A seasoned Litigator and dedicated Public Servant, David L. Cook’s professional and community service roots date back to his teenage years. He developed a strong interest in law while still in high school, and was also interested in public service. He learned that a large number of State Legislators were also attorneys. As he began college, he firmly believed having knowledge of one (law) would help him with the other (Public Service). Today, David is actively engaged in the pursuit of both of his passions: He’s the leader of Harris Cook’s daily operations, a prominent Family and Business Law attorney—and he’s also the Mayor of Mansfield, a post he’s held since 2008.
David was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1997, following his graduation from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, which is now known as Texas A&M University School of Law. He completed his undergraduate work at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he received a degree in Public Administration. He’s since become one of the most sought-after Family Law attorneys in Tarrant County, a specialty in which he’s Board Certified. Within that discipline, he specializes in cases that involve Complex Division of Assets or Contested Child Custody matters, and often finds himself representing business owners.
Areas Of Practice
Complex Family Law-Divorce, Child Custody
Certified Legal Specialties
Board Certified, Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2008
Re Certified, 2013
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2001
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law now known as Texas A & M Law School – Juris Doctorate – 1996
Certified Mediator (T.W.U. School of Law)
Certified Family Law Mediator (T.W.U. School of Law)
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas Bachelor of Arts – 1992 Major: Public Administration Minor: 1) Management 2) Administrative Law
Activities and Honors:
Pi Sigma Alpha National Policital Science Honor Society
Order of Omega National Greek Honor Society
Three-and-a-half Year Graduate
Dean’s List for Five Semesters
Pi Kappa Alpha Social Fraternity, Vice President
Strategies for Family Law in Texas, Aspatore, 2014
Univ. of Tex. at Arlington v. Williams, No. 02-12-00425-CV, 2013 Tex. App. LEXIS 3985, 2013 WL 1234878 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Mar. 28, 2013, pet. filed)
In re. Lewis, 357 S.W.3d 396 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2012) (orig. proceeding)
Milner v. Milner, 360 S.W.3d 519 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2010, pet. granted) aff’d in part on other grounds, 361 S.W.3d 615 (Tex. 2012)
In re M.I.L., No. 02-08-00349-CV, Tex. App. LEXIS 4645, 2009 WL 1740066 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Jun. 18, 2009, no pet.) (mem. op.)
A.J. Morris, M.D., P.A. v. De Lage Landen Fin. Servs., No. 02-06-00430-CV, Tex. App. LEXIS 457, 2009 WL 161065 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Jan. 22, 2009, no pet.) (mem. op.)
Wass v. City of Denton Mun. Ct., No. 02-07-0082-CV, Tex. App. LEXIS 9740, 2007 WL 4371355 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Dec. 13, 2007, no pet.) (mem. op.)
Representative Cases cont…
Williams v. LifeCare Hosps. of N. Tex., L.P., 207 S.W.3d 828 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2006, no pet.)
Barron v. Vanier, 190 S.W.3d 841 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2006, no pet.)
In re A.S.M., 172 S.W.3d 710 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2005, no pet.)
Lee v. Lee, 158 S.W.3d 612 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2005, no pet.)
In re. Bowen, No. 02-03-00338-CV, Tex. App. LEXIS 2521, 2004 WL 541174 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Mar. 18, 2004, no pet.)(orig. proceeding) (mem. op.)
Kuehler v. The Bank, No. 10-03-00162-CV, Tex. App. LEXIS 7262, 2003 WL 21998971 (Tex. App.—Waco Aug. 20, 2003, no pet.) (per curiam) (mem. op.)
In re T.D.C., 91 S.W.3d 865 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2002, pet. denied) (op. on reh’g)
Armstrong v. Steppes Apartments, Ltd., 57 S.W.3d 37 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2001, pet. denied) cert. denied, 536 U.S. 951 (2002)
Huntress v. McGrath, 946 S.W.2d 480 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 1997) (orig. proceeding)
Guest Speaker, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, 2011
Mayor – Presentations, Municipal, 2008 – Present
Honors And Awards
Best Attorney, Mansfield News Mirror , 2010 – 2017
Top Attorney, Fort Worth Texas Magazine, 2009 – 2017
Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers-Martindale-Hubble, 2013 -2017
Best of Readers’ Choice, Living Magazine, 2016, 2017
Best Local Government Official, Mansfield News Mirror, 2015-2017
Delegate at Republican Senate District 10 and State Conventions, Credentials Committee (2014), 2010-Present
SD10 and State Delegate, 2011, 2014, 2016
Southeast Tarrant Transportation Partnership, Chairman, Vice Chairman, & Board of Directors, 2013-Present
Texas Top Attorney – Legal Leaders Top Rated Lawyers, 2013-2014
Salvation Army Advisory Council, Chairman
Salvation Army North Texas Youth Education Town, Advisory Council
Richard Gershon Leadership Award, 2011
Tarrant County Mayor’s Council, 2008-Present
Mansfield Cares, Board of Directors, 2006-Present
40 Under 40 Award Recipient, Fort Worth Business Press, 2011
I deal with many different attorneys across the US in many different regional markets in my professional practice in a different area of law. We all know there are good and bad lawyers that offer thier services. In my opinion and professional experience David Cook is a great lawyer.
A rare and exceptional characteristic of David’s approach is the fact that he makes sure he thoroughly understands the details of your situation and is always fully prepared to tackle a case.
The Best Lawyer! David Cook is not only knowledgeable about the law, he is also caring and is able to communicate clearly to his clients the situation from a legal stand point.
David cared to always put my needs first and has the skill set to help me achieve those needs.
I retained David to represent me during my divorce. David was a valuable advocate for my interest. Without a doubt, I would recommend David to any friend I have. I deal with attorneys on a regular basis in my professional career. I believe he is one of the best attorneys in Tarrant County.
If you are going through a divorce or having child custody issues, David is the lawyer for you. David is an awesome mediator and is capable of getting people to see reason and agree to certain things rather than have to go before a judge.
Because of his hard work, working knowledge of law, understanding of business and negotiation skills we were able to save our company and avoid court.
David first represented me in a complex divorce proceeding 7 years ago. David has also represented me in business matters, and estate planning efforts. His approach was consistent and he always demonstrated thorough knowledge on each topic. We achieved the desired outcome in every situation.
I felt very comfortable and assured that David had my best interest in mind. He was very knowledgable and confident. He was also very clear about what to expect and I never felt like I was out there on my own.
Dealing with legal matters is stressful, especially in family matters where emotions are so involved. Having David Cook as my attorney made the experience the best that it could be.