David Cook

David L. Cook

Partner
Rochester
(585) 238-2012
dcook@phillipslytle.com
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Mr. Cook concentrates his practice in the area of environmental law and litigation, specifically focusing on commercial, real estate and agribusiness matters.

Mr. Cook has significant expertise on all major federal and New York environmental laws, including environmental compliance, regulations, natural resources and environmental due diligence with respect to real property use and redevelopment. He has represented clients on both individual and joint presentation of Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) groups as common counsel. Mr. Cook has also been lead counsel in providing comments to major regulatory proposals by both the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and New York State under the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act.

Mr. Cook is also recognized as one of the leading agribusiness lawyers in New York State – having played an integral role in major enforcement actions brought by federal and state regulators against agriculture operators, including major dairy and other agricultural operations, throughout the Northeast.

As a litigator, he has represented clients on shareholder disputes, non-compete agreements, wage and hour claims, civil rights claims, discrimination, insurance coverage, zoning and land use, eminent domain, real estate contract disputes, title defense, toxic torts and construction. He has handled litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including multiple trials to verdict, as well as in arbitrations and mediation.

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® List
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Judicially Appointed Mediator – United States District Court for the Western District of New York and the Western District of Ohio
  • Pro Bono Award, U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, 2010
  • President’s Pro Bono Service Award, New York State Bar Association, 2003
  • William McNight Pro Bono Award, Volunteer Legal Services Project, 2003
  • Empire State Counsel Recognition, New York State Bar Association
  • Nathaniel Award Finalist, The Daily Record, 2003
  • Wayne County Action for Racial Equality Special Recognition Award, 2000
  • 40 Under 40, Rochester Business Journal, 1996
  • Leadership Rochester, 1995

Education

  • J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, J.D., 1986
  • Brigham Young University, M.P.A., 1986
  • Weber State University, B.A., cum laude, 1982

Languages

  • Spanish (Fluent)

Professional Associations

  • American Agricultural Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Habitat for Humanity, President
  • Monroe County Legal Assistance Corporation, President
  • Seneca Waterways Council, Boy Scouts of America, Director
  • Farmworker Legal Services of New York, Director
  • Overview Business Holdings, Director
  • Interfaith Forum of Rochester, Treasurer
  • Brigham Young University Alumni, Board of Directors
  • Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Business, Romney Institute Advisory Board