Attorney and Counselor at Law
Columbus, OH 43215
Willing to relocate: Anywhere
Authorized to work in the US for any employer
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Law Office of Christopher S Cook LLC - Columbus, OH January 2003 to Present
The Law Office of Christopher S. Cook, LLC
General Practice, with an emphasis on the representation of both Plaintiff and Defendant's injury claims.
Practice includes retirement and pension disputes, as well as transactional work for and in conjunction with local corporations, including Adena Regional Medical Center. Practice includes litigation in both state and federal courts, civil and criminal representation. My practice has included Public Record Law challenges, and sexual harassment as well as hostile work environment litigation. In addition, presented
cases before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and The Equal Opportunity Commission, as part of my administrative law practice.
Ohio Attorney General
Principal Attorney - Chief Litigator
Administrative Duties included managing twenty-five (25) attorneys' caseloads and review of all pleadings. Responsible for writing monthly reports for the Attorney General's Office Administration. Also did the following:
• Authored Amicus Briefs on behalf of all five public retirement systems (i.e., State Teachers Retirement System, Public Employees Retirement System, School Employees Retirement System, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund) as well as oversaw important legal issues which affect them.
• The first attorney to be permitted oral argument time before the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of all five public retirement funds as amici in Cosby v. Cosby.
• Assisted in negotiation of disputes between State agencies and collective bargaining units. Including OAPSE- AFSCME and AFL-CIO for several state clients. State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS)
Responsible for legal advice and litigation, including jury trials, relative to ail pension benefit issues, including disability, age and service retirement matters, as well as issues relating to public records and open meetings laws. Litigated matters before all the courts of Ohio, including cases before the State Courts of Appeals, the Federal District Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Ohio Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court. Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS)
Represented DAS in all litigation matters, including negotiations with potential contract service providers, state purchasing, bid disputes public contracts, as well as litigation and defense, or challenges to both Invitations to Bid (ITBs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Additionally, my representation of DAS included issues regarding the constitutionality of Ohio's Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) statutes, as well as challenges by corporations alleging MBE status. Represented all of the Attorney General's Executive Agencies (formerly Business and Government Regulation Section) clients on high profile cases including those involving constitutional and statutory challenges to numerous state laws of various governmental entities. Ohio Attorney General
Assistant General Counsel
Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio (PERS)
Advised PERS staff and retirement board on all pension issues. Reviewed Attorney General's pleadings prepared on behalf of PERS. In addition, counseled members on general questions regarding Ohio pension laws.
Ohio Attorney General
Associate Assistant Attorney General
School Employees Retirement System of Ohio (SERS). Responsible for legal advice and litigation relative to all pension law issues, including disability, age and service retirement matters, as well as issues relating to public records and open meetings laws. Litigated matters before all the courts of Ohio, including cases before the State Courts of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Ohio Supreme Court. Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board
Representation included legal advice regarding First Amendment Constitutional issues, including litigating Pinette et al. v. Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (KKK case) before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Representation also included handling transactional matters relative to operation or the Ohio Statehouse and Capitol Square. Safety (Bureau of Motor Vehicles)
Representation included defense of constitutional challenges to Ohio's Motor Vehicle laws, including class action litigation relating to Ohio's OMVI laws. Generally gave advice and litigated issues related to all forms of driving violations. Ohio Department of Commerce - Division of Real Estate Responsible for supervising a team of attorneys in the prosecution of real estate license law violations. Responsibilities also included handling a separate case load. Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN)
Responsibilities included drafting contracts relative to implementation or the OPLlN network to over 250 public libraries statewide. Representation also included legal advice regarding sensitive internet issues involving the Communications Decency Act and viewing age appropriate material over the internet.
Ohio State Racing Commission
Prosecuted trainers, owners, jockeys, and drivers charged with violations of Ohio State Racing Commission Laws and Regulations.
Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board
Prosecuted Veterinarians charged with violating standards of care relative to the treatment of animals.
JD in Law
Capital University Law School - Columbus, OH
December 1987 to December 1990
BS in Psychology
Ohio University - Athens, OH
September 1983 to September 1987
Microsoft Office, ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS
License Lawyer Ohio
May 1991 to Present
Also licensed in all Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal, the federal district courts in Ohio as well as the United States Supreme Court
Death Penalty and Mentally Retarded Capital Offenders April 1990
1990 Capital University Law Review
• Strong organizational skills • Expertise in litigating administrative matters pursuant to Ohio's Administrative
• Strong written and oral communication
JUDICIAL (ELECTED OFFICE) EXPERIENCE
In 2007, I was selected to run for the Ross County, Ohio (Chillicothe) Municipal Court Judicial position beginning in January, 2008. Although my run for the judiciary was not successful, it was a most valuable
experience and I was subsequently asked to run for other elected offices such as City Council, School Board, and another attempt to run for an open seat on the Ross County Municipal Court. Although it was my final decision to forgo these opportunities, I remain both flattered and humbled in the knowledge that these putative positions were made available to me.