Jack T. Cook was born and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1978. After obtaining his first college degree at 17, Mr. Cook enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During his time in service, Mr. Cook traveled to over 40 countries and was meritoriously promoted to every rank. Mr. Cook had the honor of serving with elite forward deployed units, often dubbed the “tip of spear” due to their ability to be on target within hours of receiving orders. Mr. Cook was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant.
Following discharge from the military, Mr. Cook obtained a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, and relocated to the Central Florida area where he worked as a public school teacher and football/wrestling coach while pursuing his doctorate at the University of Central Florida. A fateful meeting with John Morgan resulted in Mr. Cook taking a summer job as an Investigator with the Morgan & Morgan law firm. It was during this time, that Mr. Cook developed a passion for the law which resulted in his enrollment in law school. The gravitational pull to personal injury law was similar to what drove Mr. Cook to enlist in the Marine Corps: a desire to protect the people against the powerful.
Mr. Cook specializes in Medical Malpractice including matters involving Birth Injuries, Surgical Errors, Misdiagnosed Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, and delay in diagnosis and/or treatment of stroke, heart disease and blood clots. Previously, Mr. Cook represented the interests of physicians, physician groups, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes), but has since devoted his practice to the representation of injured patients and their families. Mr. Cook enjoys the unique experience of having litigated cases from both perspectives, and uses his vast knowledge of the legal-medical landscape to seek justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or wrongful death at the hands of negligent healthcare providers.
“Medical errors are now the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of medical malpractice goes unreported. The majority of doctors, nurses, hospitals and medical facilities do remarkable and lifesaving work on a daily basis, and always adhere to the standards of practice learned through their education, training and experience. However, there are healthcare providers who ignore these standards, take shortcuts, prioritize profits over patient safety, ignore patient complaints, and make decisions that are unreasonable. Unfortunately, the result of this negligent care and treatment is very often catastrophic injury or death.”
Mr. Cook has been recognized and honored by Martindale Hubbell with an AV-Preeminent Rating. Mr. Cook has also been certified as a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization which is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership in this organization is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. Mr. Cook is also a proud member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards.
Mr. Cook resides in the Central Florida area with his wife, Sandra, and their two children, Chase and Lorelei. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Cook is an accomplished singer, having fronted numerous bands throughout Florida, and having performed with the Orlando Opera Company.
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