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David Everett Cook

Child custody Attorney at York, PA

4.7   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

David has been representing and defending the interests of the people  of York County since 1998. 


Prior to entering private practice in 2006, David was an Assistant District Attorney with the York County District Attorney's Office.  David rose to the rank of Executive Deputy Prosecutor where he was responsible for overseeing the prosecution of all child abuse and domestic violence cases.  David has tried approximately (60) cases as lead counsel to jury verdict and has handled a similar number of cases on appeal before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.  David has also successfully argued before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.


David utilizes his experience as a prosecutor in advising and defending clients charged with a variety of crimes.  David has extensive experience in handling DUI cases, having handled hundreds of DUI cases during his career.


David also utilizes his experience and understanding as a domestic violence and child abuse prosecutor in assisting his clients in divorce and child custody matters which involve such issues. 


David is a 1993 graduate of Temple University.  In 1996, David earned his Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware.  While in law school, David was an Associate Editor for the Widener Law Symposium Journal (now the Widener Law Review) and a member of the Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society, serving as a Board Member in 1995-1996.  David earned the American Jurisprudence Award for Criminal Law and was award the Judge J. Cullen Ganey Criminal Procedure Award at graduation for the highest grade point average for Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure among his graduating class.


David is admitted to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


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Law Office of David E. Cook, LLC


4.7 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Chelsea | November 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend David for custody matters. He helped guide and represent me to get the best and fair outcome for my daughter. He listens to concerns and helps you feel at ease. He is very down to earth, realistic, and honest. At such a stressful time he was able to keep me calm and give me true perspective. A++
Posted by Marilynn | September 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you
Very Great Representation!!!! Always was on time and used his best judgment to help us win our cases. He is awesome and very smart.
Posted by Chloe | August 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer!
I used Attorney Cook twice for custody matters. Both times he was an excellent comunicater and kept me up to date. As well, both times I received the results I was looking for. I would certainly recommend him for any family court related issues. If needed again he would be my first call.
Posted by Kassy | October 13, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Honest and hard working
Attorney Cook is always available to help quickly and offers a high level of professionalism. I am very grateful for the help I receive from Attorney Cook. I have needed his services multiple times and, as always, the service exceeds my expectations.
Posted by Daphne | July 14, 2021
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best lawyer for father's rights
When we came to David Cook we hadn't seen my stepdaughter in three years as she was being uprooted and relocated secretly every time we turned around. With lack of help from the police and run around with the courts we came to Cook for help and he went above and beyond the call of duty. Not only did he look out for our best interest but the best interest of our daughter. She is now home where she belongs, done quickly, and stress-free at his hands. We can not express enough gratitude for his efforts and success in reuniting our family.
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Posted by Dean | May 9, 2016
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Knowledgeable about child custody law
Dave was awesome! I hired him in one of the lowest pouts of my life. My children were taken from me by my wife due to due to a chronic health problem. Dave was awesome in the court room. I have my children again! Hire Dave, Its one of the best decisions that I have made
Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2015
Custody Case
David represented me a couple times in custody hearings in 2012 and 2013. He helped me retain majority custody of my child. As a man, he respected my bond with my child and became very knowledgeable with my child's needs and my needs. I have a profound respect for his abilities as an attorney and professionalism. He definitely works hard to know his clients well.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2012
You couldnt ask for a better lawyer!
I recently used David cook for my custody case and he was the best you could ask for. Very well organized, made sure I was completely comfortable and prepared for being in the court room, made sure all of my witnesses were prepared and the fees were very reasonable. Legal terms, circumstances and the process can be quite confusing but David was able to make sure I could understand the entire process start to finish. The outcome after the trial was certainly in my favor and if I ever had to do it again I wouldn't use anyone other than David.
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Posted by Steve | December 14, 2011
Responsive and a wealth of information
David was on the ball from day one with my custody case. He jumped right in and gave me the guidance I needed to gain custody of my daughter. I had so many questions for him and they were all answered immediately which was comforting in a stressful situation. He was also very honest and told me when certain things were unnecessary. As a result I now have the time that I deserve with my daughter.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2011
Attorney Cook Put My Rapist Behind Bars
Attorney Cook prosecuted my rapist and as a result, the jury unanimously found him guilty of 7 out of 7 charges in less than 3 hours. Facing my rapist in court for a week long trial was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, and the months prior to the trial were particularly difficult as well. My case was not black and white and wasn't necessarily a strong case; there were no injuries and no weapons used. Nevertheless, Attorney Cook treated me with respect and took his time making sure I understood the upcoming court procedures and the law. He did an unbelievable job pointing out important, incriminating details that the prosecutor following Attorney Cook failed to recognize. His confidence, undivided attention and support are what got me through the trial, and his knowledge, compassion and experience are what got my rapist a guilty verdict on 7 charges. He went above and beyond to make sure that my rapist got the punishment he deserved, while making the long, stressful court process as easy for me as possible. Attorney Cook is by far the best, most experienced and knowledgeable attorney that I have ever had the opportunity to work with and I would trust him to resolve any matter that I may come across.
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Posted by Marc | February 27, 2010
Besides being a great lawyer he had our best interst at heart.
Going through a custody battle was one of the hardest things to go through in my life. Attorney David Cook from the day I spoke to him regarding my battle was passionate about my concerns. There was no question that I needed to retain him for my legal representation. For the 3+ months through the process Attorney Cook was diligent and driven. He addressed all of my concerns in a timely fashion and brought so much more to the plate than any other Attorney I have interacted with in the past. Best of all he was able to win the case for me and my daughter. Any one looking for compassionate, understanding and driven legal representation Attorney David Cook is the only choice.
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Posted by Kris | August 11, 2020
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Worst Attorney ever
Attorney Cook never returns phone calls. I will never have him again as a Attorney. I happened to run into him at the court house and he basically just acted like he didnt even know who I was. I wish his license to be a Attorney could be taken from him
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Work Experience

  • Executive Deputy Prosecutor
  • Office of the District Attorney
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Senior Deputy Prosecutor
  • York County District Attorney's Office
  • 2002 - 2004


  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Temple University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Meals
  • Supreme Court reversed the Superior Court decision
  • Commonwealth v. Schoff
  • Superior Court affirmed Defendant's conviction
  • Commonwealth v. Klein
  • Reversal of the Superior Court Opinion


  • York County Bar Association
  • 2000 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • 1996 - Present
  • York/Adam's Mental Health/Intellectual Disability
  • Advisory Board
  • 2006 - 2009
  • York County Children's Advocacy Center
  • Executive Council Member
  • 2004 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Am. Jur. Award in Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1994

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Endorse David
Child custody Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David brings experience and common sense to every case. He is an outstanding attorney."
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York Child custody Lawyer David Everett Cook
David Everett Cook
Child custody Attorney
York, PA
Licensed for 27 years