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My law practice focuses on the areas of criminal defense, family law mediation and the preparation of wills, powers of attorney and advance directives. In my 20+ years in practice, I have handled litigation matters throughout Central Virginia; I appear regularly in the jurisdictions of Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, Fluvanna, Goochland and Cumberland. Following my second year of law school, I served as a prosecutor in the City of Winchester; My experience in this capacity helped launch my legal career in the direction of litigation, with a specific emphasis on criminal defense.  I have spent the better part of the past 18 years zealously representing clients in Henrico traffic court, Fluvanna traffic court, Goochalnd traffic court, Richmond traffic court and Cumberland traffic court.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
  2. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 25%
  3. Family: 25%
  4. Wills & Living Wills: 15%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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Contact info

James R.Cooke, Jr., Mediation and Legal Services

3900 Westerre Parkway, Suite 300
Henrico, VA, 23233


VAAuthorized to practice law199403/11/2014
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Mediation SpecialistVirginia Department of Education1998 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Criminal Law Section, Virginia State BarN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kyer v. Commonwealth of VirginiaN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Author: “Substitute Advance Directives: Should They Be Used in Eldercare Facilities?”Bioethics Matters, Center for Biomedical Ethics, University of Virginia1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Justice CenterMediationN/A2000
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hearing Officer’s ConferenceCLE “Special Education Mediation in Virginia,”2000
Community Conference - Rappahannock Community CollegeSpecial Education Mediation2000
Guest Lecturer: North Georgia College, Dahlonega, GeorgiaConference on Drugs and the Fourth Amendment, March 19961996