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Kelly E. Cook is a founding partner of Wyly & Cook, LLP. Kelly was born and raised in a small Appalachian town in West Virginia. As the son of a police officer, he was always interested in the law and the justice system. After graduating from High School, Kelly attended The George Washington University where he graduated as an Honors Scholar with a B.A. cum laude in Classical Humanities. Kelly was also awarded the Elton Prize for the highest scholarship in Classical Greek. Kelly immediately enrolled in the George Washington University Law School.


After law school, Kelly went to work for one of the largest personal injury firms in the nation, Ashcraft & Gerel, in their Rockville, Maryland office. While there, Kelly took his first case to trial just nine days after taking the oath as an attorney. His first jury trial followed within the month. Kelly won both cases and discovered his love of trying cases that continues to this day. While working for Ashcraft & Gerel, Kelly was lead counsel on hundreds of files, and tried over twenty cases to a verdict. Kelly handled motor-vehicle crash cases, premises liability (slip and fall), product liability, and medical malpractice cases. Kelly also enjoyed working with the workers of Maryland as a workers' compensation attorney arguing hundreds of cases before the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission. He also had the privilege of arguing before the Court of Special Appeals, and argued a case of first impression before the highest Court in Maryland, the Court of Appeals. Kelly maintains his Maryland license.


In 2007, Kelly moved to Texas and passed the Texas Bar Exam. Upon being licensed in Texas, Kelly went to work for the firm of Kennedy Hodges, where he handled cases involving breach of contract, automobile accidents, medical malpractice, police brutality, 18-wheeler crashes, and other general negligence and personal injury actions throughout Texas. Kelly continued to display his compassion for the working man by handling wage and hour cases for workers who were unfairly and illegally denied minimum wage or overtime, or were even forced to work without pay altogether.


In 2012, Kelly opened his own practice here in Houston, where he had the opportunity to continue working on car wrecks, premises liability, injured workers, other personal injury matters, as well as breach of contract and other general business litigation for small businesses. Finally Kelly continued to represent workers in wage and hour matters.


Now, as a partner in Wyly & Cook, LLP, Kelly uses his unique trial experience and legal knowledge to assist his clients in all matter of litigation, from business litigation to personal injury to unpaid wages and overtime.


Attorney Kelly Cook has been honored with a “Superb” 10/10 Avvo Rating. Kelly is a member of the College of the State Bar, and organization recognizing commitment to continuing legal education. Kelly serves on the Board of Directors of the Houston Trial Lawyer Association. Kelly is an active member of the Texas Trial Lawyer Association and serves on its Board of Advocates as an up and coming leader in the Texas trial lawyer community. Kelly is admitted to practice before the Texas Supreme Court and all State Courts of Texas, as well as the State and Federal Courts of Maryland, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.



Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 32%
    7 years
  2. Personal Injury: 32%
    10 years
  3. Litigation: 31%
    10 years
  4. Animal & Dog Bites: 5%



Hourly ($150-350/hour), contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joshua Paul Davis

    Kelly and I worked together on a difficult case in federal court. The matter required a significant level of legal briefing, and Kelly took the lead on drafting many of the motions and responses. He is an outstanding attorney and a brilliant legal mind.


    Joshua Davis Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Kelly. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Wyly & Cook, LLP

4101 Washington Avenue
Houston, TX, 77007


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200810/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Texas Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2014
Texas Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2013
Top Lawyers of 2013Houstonia Magazine2013
Member of the College of the State BarCollege of the State Bar2011
Elton PrizeGeorge Washington University2001
Jacob Burns ScholarshipGeorge Washington Law2001
Honors ScholarGeorge Washington University2001
B.A. Classical Humanities cum laudeGeorge Washington University2001
Presidential Merit ScholarshipGeorge Washington University1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWyly & Cook, LLP2013 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Kelly E. Cook2012 - 2013
AssociateKennedy Hodges, LLP2008 - 2012
AssociateAshcraft & Gerel, LLP2004 - 2007
Law ClerkAshcraft & Gerel2002 - 2004
Law ClerkFisher, Christen & Sabol2000 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Garland R. Walker American Inn of CourtMaster2014 - Present
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationMentorship Program Manager2012 - Present
7th Amendment PACBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers Association AdvocatesBoard of Directors2011 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasMember2011 - Present
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationPAC Contributor2010 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember2008 - Present
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers Association AdvocatesMember2008 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2005 - Present
Project for Older PrisonersCase Worker2003 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Motorcycle vs. 18-Wheeler$1,000,000 settlement. Attorneys' fees and case expenses totaled $364,600.
Minimal Property Damage - Neck Surgery$250,000 settlement. Attorneys' fees and case expenses totaled $115,000.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJuris Doctor2004
The George Washington UniversityClassical HumanitiesBA - Bachelor of Arts cum laude2001
Greenbrier East High SchoolGeneral StudiesH.S. Diploma1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Ultimate Car Wrecks CLEThe 15 Minute Opening2013
University of Texas CLE Car Crash SeminarNegotiating the Claim2012