Hal Cook is the President of Cook Law Firm, P.A., a multi-state personal injury law firm with offices in Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee.
Born and raised in Ohio, Hal moved to Texas to begin a law enforcement career after graduation from Kent State University in 1976. While completing MBA graduate work at Dallas Baptist University, he pursued a law degree while working full-time with the County of Dallas, Texas. Awarded a Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan University-School of Law in 1994.
Hal entered private practice after retiring from public sector employment in 1998. Hal's previous employment includes fifteen (15) years of administrative and management responsibilities as the Assistant Director of Public Safety with Dallas County in Dallas, Texas, and as a Chief of Police in Texas.
Certified by the State of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education, Hal graduated from the prestigious Executive Development and Management Programs at the Southern Police Institute University of Louisville, Kentucky and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
An experienced lecturer and instructor of criminal justice and security training programs, author of numerous publications and resource materials used by criminal justice, educational, healthcare and security related institutions, Hal has provided both the public and private sector with expert consulting concerning design, development, implementation and needs assessment of security and protective service programs for businesses.
In 1991, Hal joined the faculty as an instructor at the Eastfield College Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Training Center of the Dallas County Community College District's accredited peace officer training academy. Instructional areas include: Use of Force, Civil Liability, Civil Rights, Arrest Search and Seizure, Police Negligence and Failure to Protect, Premises Liability, Risk Management, and §1983 Litigation.
Arkansas State Bar;
Missouri State Bar;
Tennessee State Bar;
Utah State Bar;
District of Columbia Bar;
United States Supreme Court;
United States Tax Court;
District of Columbia-Courts of Appeals;
Texas Federal District Courts:
United States District Courts; Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts;
Immigration and Naturalization Courts;
Board of Appeals for the Immigration and Naturalization Service;
United States District Court-Eastern District of Arkansas;
United States District Court-Western District of Arkansas;
United States District Court-Western District of Tennessee;
United States District Court-State of Utah;
Arkansas Bar Association;
Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association;
American Bar Association;
American Association of Justice;
Missouri Bar Association;
Missouri Trial Lawyers Association;
Tennessee Bar Association;
Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association;
District of Columbia Bar Association;
Pulaski County Bar Association;
Dallas Bar Association.