Kelly Cook has been admitted to practice before the Texas Supreme Court and all State Courts of Texas, as well as the Southern District of Texas Federal Court, and the State and Federal Courts of Maryland.
He is an active member of several organizations, including:
- The Texas Bar Association,
- The Texas Trial Lawyers Association,
- Houston Trial Lawyers Association,
- The Maryland State Bar Association, and
- The American Association for Justice.
Mr. Cook was born and raised in rural West Virginia. The son of a police officer, Mr. Cook was always interested in the law. He attended George Washington University, and while earning his degree received numerous awards, including:
- The President's Scholarship,
- The prestigious National Merit Scholarship,
- Designation Honor's Scholar,
- The Elton Prize - an annual award recognizing the highest achievement in Classical Greek,
- Earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Humanities, cum laude, with a minor field of study in Philosophy,
- Attended George Washington University's elite Law School with a Jacob Burns Scholarship.
Mr. Cook was privileged to work with one of the nation's largest personal injury firms as a law clerk. In addition to his work, he also volunteered as a Case Worker for the Project for Older Prisoners (POPS), a pro bono organization of law students that assists in evaluating parole recommendations for elderly prisoners who are unlikely to re-offend. Mr. Cook had the privilege of studying trial advocacy from Professor Stephen Saltzburg, who quite literally wrote the book on Evidence Law.
After graduation, Mr. Cook was accepted as an associate attorney with a personal injury law firm with a national practice based in Washington, D.C., with offices in Maryland and Virginia. While working in the Maryland office Mr. Cook had the opportunity to try cases before judges and juries, honing his skills as a trial lawyer.
While in Maryland, Mr. Cook undertook representation of medical malpractice claims, such as the claim of a family who lost a child due to the negligence of a hospital lab. Mr. Cook also represented his clients before the Court of Special Appeals and argued before the Maryland Court of Appeals, the highest State Court in Maryland.
Mr. Cook moved to Houston, and after a brief clerkship, was accepted as an Associate Attorney by Kennedy Hodges, LLP. Since starting Kennedy Hodges Mr. Cook has worked closely with the partners on cases involving:
- major trucking accidents,
- catastrophic injuries,
- defective products, and
- unpaid overtime claims.
He is also involved in the firm's Medical Malpractice team, reviewing and litigating cases of medical carelessness. Since joining KH, Mr. Cook has worked on medical malpractice claims involving:
- misdiagnosis of stroke,
- botched deliveries of babies,
- surgical errors, and
- retained foreign bodies.