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Melissa Ann Cook

Melissa Ann Cook

Practice areas:

Child Abuse, Child Custody, Divorce & Separation, Domestic Violence, Child Support

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Divorce & Separation: 25%
  2. Child Custody: 25%
  3. Child Abuse: 25%
  4. Domestic Violence: 15%
  5. Child Support: 10%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Garrett Clarkson Higley

    I first came to know Melissa during her tenure at the Travis County Office of Parental Representation. Melissa and I had several cases together and several cases opposite one another and in either instance she conducted herself with the utmost professionalism and integrity while masterfully advocating for her client. Melissa and I have remained close friends and as her career propels her ever upward I remain convinced that she is one of the finer lawyers in the city of Austin.

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    Garrett Higley Divorce & Separation Attorney
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  • Ilana Rebecca Tanner

    Melissa is an excellent attorney and I highly endorse her. She is a zealous advocate for her clients in court, as well as throughout the negotiation process. Melissa is also very well respected in the Austin legal community, and truly cares about getting the best outcomes for her clients. She remains professional and cooperates with opposing counsel on her cases, and in my experience she goes above and beyond to fight for her clients.

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    Ilana Tanner Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of Melissa A. Cook, PLLC

805 W. 10th Street
Suite 201
Austin, TX, 78701

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200605/02/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service AwardVLS2014
Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service AwardVLS2013
Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service AwardVLS2007
Joseph E. Hensley Memorial AwardUniversity of Houston Law Center2006
Association of Women in Law ScholarshipHouston Women's Bar Association2006
Public Interest FellowshipUniversity of Houston Law Center2004
LEX Award in ContractsUniversity of Houston Law Center2004

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Melissa A. Cook, PLLC2014 - Present
Associate AttorneyLaw Office of Janet McCullar2013 - 2014
Associate AttorneyLaw Office of Garrett C. Higley, PLLC2012 - 2013
Attorney - State Bar of TexasTexas Access to Justice Commission2011 - 2012
AttorneyTravis County Office of Parental Representation2009 - 2011
Legal Relations SpecialistTexas Department of Family Protective Services2008 - 2009
Mental Health Policy and Law ClerkHogg Foundation for Mental Health, UT Austin2006 - 2008
TherapistProvidence of Texas Corporation2002 - 2003
TherapistSafe Place2001 - 2001
Case Worker, IIITexas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services2001 - 2003
Program DirectorMesa Family Services1998 - 2001

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Pro Bono College of the State Bar of TexasMember2012 - Present
Wright House Wellness CenterBoard of Directors, Secretary2012 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasMember2010 - Present
University of Texas Graduate School of Social WorkField Instructor2007 - 2009
Advocacy Incorporated Special Education Law ClinicVolunteer Attorney2007 - 2008
State Bar of Texas, Disability Issues CommitteeMember2007 - 2012
Austin Mayor’s Mental Health Task Force Monitoring CommitteeMember2007 - 2010
Volunteer Legal Services - Family Law ClinicVolunteer Attorney2006 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
State Bar of Texas-Special Education and Juvenile Justice CLEEstablishing a good relationship with your child client2010

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Houston Law CenterLawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)2006
University of TexasSocial WorkMasters of Science2001
Texas A&M University, College StationPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1998
Texas Christian UniversityPsychologyUnknownN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
State Bar of Texas Local Bar Leaders ConferenceThe art of philanthropy & fundraising for access to justice2012
Pro Bono Coordinators RetreatFundraising and resource development: general principles and overarching ideas2012
Poverty Law ConferenceHellooo—Where are you client?2012
Local Bar Leaders ConferenceLimited Scope Representation: Access to Justice Strategy2011
Local Bar Association PresentationsIncreasing access to justice for poor and low-income Texans2011
Special education issues and juvenile justice systemEstablishing a good relationship with your child client2010
Governence of Non-Profit OrganizationsPracticing Law and Wellness: Modern Strategies for the Lawyer dealing with Anxiety, Addiction and Depression2010
American Public Health Association 135th Annual MeetingCreating safer mental health treatment settings: A public health prevention approach2008
South Texas Family Support ConferencePromoting Safer Practices for Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Mental Illness2007
National Association of Social Workers-TX Annual ConferenceMental health-related legislation: How does it affect your clients?2007
22nd annual conference on the prevention of child abuse workshopThe movement to promote safer behavioral intervention for traumatized children2007