Carole C. Cooke joined the firm as an associate in 2008. Ms. Cooke represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation disputes and employment disputes, and she represents plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases. Ms. Cooke previously practiced law in Connecticut and Illinois for four years, where she represented businesses and individuals in litigation matters including commercial disputes, securities law, employment, torts, and civil rights, including pro bono cases on behalf of the physically disabled and persons with AIDS.
Some of Ms. Cooke's most recent and notable achievements include the following:
- Won summary judgment on behalf of a church in a suit filed against it by a real estate developer who claimed to have an enforceable purchase and sale agreement to purchase the church's real estate, valued at over $40 million.
- Prosecuted and successfully settled a gender discrimination and breach of contract claim on behalf of a physician/medical researcher against Harvard Medical School and two of its affiliated hospitals.
- Obtained a $4M settlement on behalf of a 19-year-old driver who was permanently paralyzed from the waist down when her car was struck by a tractor-trailer.
- On behalf of a network of closely held family owned companies, successfully settled (during jury empanelment) a complex business dispute involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, stock freeze-out, wrongful termination and defamation.
- Prosecuted and successfully settled an age discrimination claim before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination on behalf of an employee.
- At trial in federal court in Boston, defeated a $5 million claim for additional insurance benefits by a senior executive against our client, a closely held corporation.
- Successfully settled, after the start of trial, an eviction suit pending in Housing Court.
- Obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of a church against certain members who had wrongfully seized physical control of the church and its finances. Following that, successfully settled a number of suits in federal and state court involving control of the church.
Ms. Cooke graduated from the University of Chicago where she was designated a Class Marshall in recognition of academic excellence and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. degree from Stanford Law School where she was Note Editor of the Stanford Law Review and received the Johnson & Swanson Scholarship for extraordinary contribution to the Stanford Law Review. At Stanford, Carole Cooke won Best Oral Advocate and Best Team at the Marion Rice Kirkwood Moot Court Competition as well as two R. Hunter Summer Awards for Trial Advocacy and two Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. Awards for excellence in the first year Research and Writing Program.
Ms. Cooke clerked for The Honorable A. David Mazzone of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Ms. Cooke is a member of the Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Jeffrey N. Catalano and Carole C. Cooke Obtain $4 Million Settlement for Teen Motorist Hit by Truck
Nicholas Carter and Carole Cooke Defeat Claims to Force Sale of Beacon Hill Apartment Building
United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
Stanford University, J.D.
University of Chicago, A.B.
Todd & Weld LLP, Boston, Massachusetts
Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd., Chicago, Illinois
Jacobs, Grudberg, Belt & Dow, P.C., New Haven, Connecticut
Law Clerk, U.S. District Judge A. David Mazzone, Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association
Author, Note, “Procedural Defaults at the Appellate Stage and Federal Habeas Corpus Review,” 38 Stanford Law Review 463 (1986)
Member, Board of Governors, New England Dog Training Club (2006-2009)
Volunteer, Winchester “A Better Chance” (2005-2008)
Leader and Commissions Member, First Congregational Church of Winchester (2003-2008)
Member, Board of Trustees, The Waldorf School, Lexington Massachusetts (1999-2002)
Member, Board of Trustees, The Rudolf Steiner School, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1996-1997)