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John W. Cook

Office Managing Partner
Colorado Springs

John W. Cook

John Cook has been a trial lawyer for over 35 years, running the gamut from contract disputes, real estate, and construction to sports, business torts, and banking. John has handled litigation for a number of major local, regional, and national companies. His clients have included major construction companies, professional sports teams, real estate developers, resorts, cable networks, banks, and other business interests.

John is the Global Co-Chair of the Hogan Lovells Real Estate Litigation Group and has managed the Hogan Lovells Colorado Springs office for 15 years.

He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the renowned invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests throughout the world.

An active member of the community, John has served with many charitable organizations, including as chairman of the March of Dimes Annual Gala, as a member of the board of trustees of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the El Pomar Foundation's Awards of Excellence Commission, and as president of the board of Ronald McDonald children's charities of Southern Colorado. As a tribute to his philanthropic commitment, the Colorado Springs Business Journal named John as an individual who has had a significant and positive impact in Colorado Springs. John was also featured in the Colorado Springs Gazette in January 2012 and in January 2015.

Representative Experience

Won a US$3.2m verdict in favor of a general contractor in a contract dispute related to the construction of a golf course residential developer.

After a two-week trial, won a very favorable verdict for a real estate developer regarding multiple causes of action, including business torts.

Secured a verdict for a client defrauded out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a real estate transaction, collecting their full damages.

Achieved a US$14.75m settlement for a general contractor, successfully defending it from a US$60m claim alleging defects in a public works project.

Gained a US$8.5m settlement in favor of a minority shareholder in a computer software company in litigation with the majority shareholder.

Obtained a verdict, affirmed on appeal, for a major national cable network for enforcement of an affiliation agreement with national implications.

After a four-day jury trial, obtained a complete defense verdict in favor of the client in a suit alleging negligence.

After a five-day trial, won a defense verdict in favor of two individuals in a civil trial alleging securities violations, fraud, and business torts.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Pepperdine University, 1979
  • B.A., Arizona State University, 1976

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Colorado

Court admissions

  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

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