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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.

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.
James
Areas Of Practice

Complex Family Law-Divorce, Child Custody
Business Litigation
Business Formation


Certified Legal Specialties

Board Certified, Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2008
Re Certified, 2013


Bar Admissions

Texas, 1997
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2001


Education

Texas Wesleyan University School of Law now known as Texas A & M Law School – Juris Doctorate – 1996

Activities:
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


Professional Associations and Memberships

-U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, Member
-State Bar of Texas, Member
-Tarrant County Bar Association, Member
-Arlington Bar Association, Member
-Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, Member
-Denton County Bar Association, Member
-Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, Barrister
-Texas Family Law Foundation Member, Lifetime Member
-Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Member
-Southeast Republican Club, Vice President
-Arlington Republican Club, Member
-Arlington Republican Women’s Club, Associate Member
-Reagan Legacy Republican Women, Associate Member
-Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Member
-Collaborative Lawyers of Arlington & Mansfield (CALM), Member


Representative Cases

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.)

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.)

Representative Cases cont…

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)


Classes/Seminars

-Guest Speaker, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, 2011
-Mayor – Presentations, Municipal, 2008 – Present


 Positions, 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
-Texas Top Rated Lawyers – ALM, Martindale-Hubble, 2013-2016
-Texas Top AV Rated Lawyer – Martindale Hubble, 2013-2017
-Salvation Army Advisory Council, Chairman
-Salvation Army North Texas Youth Education Town, Advisory Council
-Richard Gershon Leadership Award, 2011
-Guest Speaker-New Frontiers in Marital Property Law Course 2011
-Mayor, City of Mansfield, 2008-Present
-Tarrant County Mayor’s Council, 2008-Present
-Mansfield Cares, Board of Directors, 2006-Present
-40 Under 40 Award Recipient, Fort Worth Business Press, 2011
-Our Community, Our Kids, Steering Meeting
-Campaign Treasurer, State Senator Chris Harris
-Campaign Treasurer, State Representative Barbara Nash
-Campaign Treasurer, Chris Harris for State Senate
-Finance Chairman, Chris Harris Governor for a Day
-Reclaim House District 93, Committee Chairman
-Co-Chairman, Tom Wilder for District Clerk Campaign
-Campaign Volunteer, John Cornyn for Attorney General


 Community Involvement

– Mansfield Churches FOR the City
-Feed the Kids for summer Program, 2014-Present
-Co-Authored Strategies for Family Law in Texas: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Recent Legal Trends, Implementing Creative Strategies, and Overcoming Common Challenges (Inside the Minds), 2014
-Run With Heart, Steering Committee Member, Half Marathon Participant
-Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, Member
-Mansfield Historical Society, Lifetime Member
-Walk MS: National MS Society Race Participant
-Anderson, Cook, Harris Community Christmas Project, Board of Directors, 2004-Present
-Mansfield ISD Strategic Planning Committee, Member
-Love Helps Ministries, Organizer
-Tarrant County Speedway Challenge, Participant for the Benefit of Cook Children’s Hospital
-Mansfield Soccer Association, Coach (5+ years)
-Mansfield Youth Basketball, Commissioner, Coach (5+ years)
-Mansfield Fire, Select Girls Basketball, Manager, Coach (6+ years)