David M. CookOF COUNSEL
Juris Doctor, University of Memphis, 1975
Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1973
Mr. Cook has been with Hardison since 1977 (in its previous iterations) and became president of the firm in 1995. He has served as president of the Memphis Bar Association, as well as being involved in the Bar Associations of Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Among other professional affiliations on Mr. Cook’s resume are the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association the Federal Bar Association, Memphis Area Legal Services, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the Tennessee Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators Profile. Mr. Cook has received many accolades during his career, including being named Best Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Memphis in 2010, Best Personal Injury Litigation - Defendant Lawyer in Memphis in 2013 and Best Medical Malpractice - Defendants, 2014. He was inducted in 1998 as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was the 2010 recipient of the Memphis Bar Association's highest accolade, the Lawyer's Lawyer Award.
Mr. Cook has participated in numerous pro bono publico client representations since 1977, including serving as a founder and a continuing participant in the Memphis Bar Association’s Saturday Free Legal Clinic held monthly at The Benjamin J. Hooks Central Library. The clinic has provided representation to over 7,000 clients since its inception in 2007, averaging 100 drafts per month. This is in addition to the association’s Attorney of the Day Program held weekly at the Shelby County Courthouse, wherein volunteer attorneys meet with and undertake representation of clients who qualify for assistance under Legal Services Corporation guidelines. David has received several awards and recognitions for his pro bono service, including the Memphis Area Legal Services Pro Bono Publico for Senior Citizens Service Award (1986, 1988), the Memphis Area Legal Services Pro Bono Publico for Senior Citizens Ten-Year Service Award (1991), the W.J. Michael Cody Pro Bono Publico Attorney of the Year Award (2006), and the Legal Services Corporation Special Pro Bono Publico Award (2007).