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Susan M. Cook

Washington, D.C.

Susan M. Cook

Susan Cook is a first-chair litigator who focuses her practice on the pharmaceutical, life sciences, food and beverage, and consumer industries. In addition, Susan co-heads the firm's Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and False Advertising and Unfair Competition groups.

Susan has robust experience handling APA cases against federal and state agencies. Susan regularly represents clients in APA challenges involving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and other federal and state agencies. In such cases, Susan works seamlessly with members of the firm's regulatory groups.

In the areas of competitor disputes (including the Lanham Act, false advertising, unfair competition, and trade secret litigation), Susan regularly advises clients before disputes arise. When matters end up in court, Susan helps each client craft a unique litigation strategy targeted to its own specific goals.

In her more than 18 years of practicing law, Susan has litigated in federal and state courts around the country, as well as before arbitration tribunals. Susan has been praised for her "keen abilities" by Managing Intellectual Property, which named her one of the Top 250 Women in IP in 2013 and 2014.

"The IP practice at Hogan Lovells benefits from the keen abilities of Susan Cook regarding her litigation work in patent, trademark, copyright, and Lanham Act cases as well as her experience with Section 337 proceedings before the ITC."

Managing Intellectual Property

Representative Experience

Represented a pharmaceutical company in a constitutional challenge to a state's regulations governing prescribing and dispensing our client's drug.

Represented numerous pharmaceutical companies in APA challenges against FDA and HHS.

Represented pharmaceutical and food and beverage clients in Lanham Act false advertising and unfair competition disputes.

Represented clients in trade secret, trademark, and non-compete cases in federal and state courts.

Represented consumer clients in Section 337 cases before the ITC.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1998
  • B.A., cum laude, Yale University, 1995


  • Administrative Law and Agency Practice Steering Committee for the District of Columbia Bar, 2016
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • Member, ITC Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association 

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court admissions

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas


IP Star, (Managing Intellectual Property)


Top 250 Women in IP (Managing Intellectual Property)

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