Hello, I’m Cathy Cook. I want to help you resolve your personal legal issues. I concentrate my practice in the areas of family law and criminal defense. Family law includes divorce, dissolution, paternity, child support, spousal support, and custody. Criminal defense cases include traffic citations, misdemeanors, and felonies. Typical charges that we handle are domestic violence, stalking, sexual offenses, assaults, and drug offenses.
I began practicing law in 1982, when I served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Gilbert Bettman of the Common Pleas Court of Hamilton County. In that position, I learned first hand how the courts are run, how judges handle cases, and I worked closely with courthouse personnel. This experience helped me mesh law school training with the operation of the courts. With this background, I am able to educate and assist you in court proceedings.
Following my clerkship, I went into private practice, first with a small firm and then in my own practice. I work hard to stay abreast of the current law and policies in my practice areas and in the courts where I work. At least twice a year, I teach seminars to other attorneys on various topics in family law and criminal defense. I am also an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, which teaches young lawyers how to try cases in court. These activities assure that I remain on the cutting edges to assist you in your case.
My work has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings assist sophisticated buyers of legal services identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for the case. Lawyer ratings serve as an objective indicator that a lawyer has the highest ethical standards and professional ability. I am fortunate to have received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating, AV®. This rating means that my peers rank me at the highest level of professional excellence. To learn more about the rating system, go to www.martindale.com.
Over the years of my practice, I have made it my mission to educate people on the law and the options available to them in my practice areas. I offer an initial telephone consultation at no charge. Please call me, so I can help you get on the right track in your case.
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I had the good fortune of attending a seminar at which Cathy spoke. She is obviously very knowledgeable about "Non-Traditional Family Structures and Paternity Disputes" and "Advanced Child and Spousal Support Issues.'
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Owner||Cathy R. Cook, Attorney at Law||1990 - Present|
|Associate||Roeller, Roeller, & Jameson||1983 - 1990|
|Constable to Judge Gilbert Bettman||Hamilton County Court Of Common Pleas||1982 - 1983|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Women's Fund||Leadership Counsel||2009 - Present|
|Cincinnati Law Library Association||President, Board of Trustees||2006 - Present|
|Ohio Association of Criminatl Defense Lawyers||President||1998 - 1999|
|Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Chairman||1996 - 1997|
|Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||President||1995 - 1996|
|Cincinnati Bar Association||Chairman, Criminal Law Committee||1987 - 1990|
|Ohio State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|University of Cincinnati||N/A||Juris Doctor||1982|
|Miami University of Ohio||English and Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1979|
|Cincinnati Law Library Association Legal Seminars||Prenuptial Agreements||2011|
|Child Cusotdy Procedures||Child Custody Pleadings & Temporary Orders||2010|
|Handling Complex Child Custody Cases||Child Custody Case Law Update||2009|
|Tax Consequences in Divorce||Failure to Understand Tax Consequences||2008|
|Child Custody||Custody Trials||2007|