Jared A. Cook is a special counsel and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He represents publicly-owned and private companies in transactional, commercial, corporate and financing matters. Mr. Cook assists clients with mergers and acquisitions as both buyers and sellers, issuers and borrowers in financing transactions, and public and private entities in capital-raising transactions. In addition, he assists clients with various maritime and transportation matters, as well as with respect to general ongoing business counseling and corporate governance. Mr. Cook is a member of the firm’s Transactional & Securities Practice.
Mr. Cook has substantial experience drafting and negotiating complex commercial contracts, including stock and asset purchase and sale agreements, merger agreements, employment and non-competition agreements, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, license agreements, joint venture and strategic alliance agreements, consulting agreements and sponsorship and advertising agreements. He also routinely assists clients in drafting corporate organizational documents, including for start-up and emerging companies.
Mr. Cook maintains an active pro bono practice. He has successfully assisted clients with obtaining Social Security benefits, asylum protection and with landlord-tenant disputes.
During law school, Mr. Cook was an intern for the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project, where he researched state and federal legal issues, assisted in the recruitment of volunteer law firms and prepared case summaries for firms considering pro bono cases.
Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Cook was a legislative correspondent for Senator Tom Harkin. In that role, he met with lobbyists, prepared the senator for subcommittee hearings, wrote press releases for the senator on various topics and assisted senior legislative staff with research, drafting memos and writing speeches.
Mr. Cook earned his law degree from The George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the George Washington International Law Review. He earned his B.A., with distinction, in political science from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Cook is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.