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John Cook begins each day with this fundamental thought – what can I do today to make a difference. He learned long ago that the true reward of a service profession is the difference you make in the lives of others. That may be helping a client understand a problem or a contract, negotiating the resolution of a dispute, or handling serious litigation in court. John carried that same sense of purpose through a decade serving as a mediator in the District of Columbia Superior Court and eleven years as a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. It is the spirit that moves him every day in his practice.
John’s practice emphasizes the representation of executives, employees, and small businesses in employment law matters, including advice and counsel regarding workplace issues and a wide range of other civil litigation matters.
John began his career in the District of Columbia’s Corporation Counsel’s (now Attorney General’s) office. Since then, he has served as a mediator for the District of Columbia Superior Court and as a conciliator for the Fairfax County Circuit Court, has lectured frequently, and has published articles on civil litigation and employment law issues.
John is a recognized leader in the Virginia Employment Law Bar. He is a former member of the Section Council of the Virginia Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and is the current co-chair and a former chair of the Fairfax County Bar Association’s Employment Law Section. He is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America (“LCA”) and a member of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association (“NELA”).
John’s colleagues agree he is the go-to person for employees. Based on surveys of active Virginia attorneys, Virginia Business magazine named John one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in its December 2004, 2005 and 2006 editions. “Super Lawyer” magazine selected him as a Super Lawyer in 2006 and 2007, as well as 2011-2020. John was named to the Washington Post’s “Top Attorneys” list in the D.C. Metropolitan Area for 2013 and 2014, and to Northern Virginia Magazine’s “Top Attorney” list in 2016. John has carried the coveted “AV” rating from MartindaleHubbell © for over 20 years. John has lectured frequently and published articles on civil litigation and employment law issues.
In addition to his law practice with the firm, John served for over a decade on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, where he chaired the Board’s Public Safety Committee. He also served on the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Operations Board, which he chaired in 2015; the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, where he served as Treasurer; and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, where he chaired the Governance Committee.
|VA||Authorized to Practice Law||1995||10/05/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2007|
|Legal Elite||Virginia Business Magazine||2006|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2006|
|Legal Elite||Virginia Business Magazine||2005|
|Legal Elite||Virginia Business Magazine||2004|
|Managing Partner||Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC||2007 - Present|
|Mediator||District Of Columbia Superior Court||2001 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||George Washington University Law School||1995 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Virginia Bar Association, Labor Relations and Employment Law Section||Section Council||2010 - Present|
|Fairfax Bar Association, Employment Law Section||Past Chair||N/A|
|CC&F Blog||Ghosts of Christmas Past: Can Employers Punish Employees for Pre-Employment Conduct in Virginia?||2020|
|CC&F Blog||COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Know Your Rights||2020|
|CC&F Blog||Huge Day for Employee Rights in Virginia||2020|
|CC&F Blog||Virginia Enacts Sweeping Whistleblower Protection Law||2020|
|CC&F Blog||Know Your Rights as You Return to Work||2020|
|CC&F Blog||Landmark Supreme Court Case Holds that Title VII Protects LGBTQ Workers||2020|
|CC&F Blog||Important New Employment Laws in Virginia START NOW||2020|
|CC&F Blog||Virginia Adopts First Coronavirus Workplace Safety Regulations||2020|
|Fairfax Bar Association||“The FMLA from the Perspective of Plaintiff’s Counsel,”||2007|
|Fairfax Pro Bono Program and Employment Law Section||“Screening Requests For Help With Employment Issues,”||2006|
|The Journal (VTLA)||Employment Lawyers Assess the Impact of Reeves, Life boat or Mirage||2001|
|The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association||“Employment Lawyers Assess the Impact of Reeves Lifeboat or Mirage,”||2001|
|Federal Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter||“Title VII Filing Deadlines and Exhaustion Requirements Post- Dodge,”||2000|
|George Washington University National Law Center||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|Virginia Employment Law CLE||Virginia Employment Law CLE||2020|
|TIPS II Lead Share Group of the Tysons||Requirements, Regulations, and Risks Facing Businesses in the Age of COVID||2020|
|CLE Webinar||"Me Too" Evidence in Employment Litigation: Pursuing Admission or Exclusion of Propensity Evidence||2020|
|CC&F Ask Us Anything Zoom Community Meeting||Worried About Returning to Work in a Coronavirus World?||2020|
|ALA NOVA Monthly Chapter Meeting||Update on Employment Law in the Era of COVID-19||2020|
|ALA NOVA Monthly Chapter Meeting||Employment Law Update||2019|
|Virginia Employment Law||Key Discovery and Evidence Issues in Employment Litigation and Employee Benefits Basics||2017|
|Human Resources Law||Wage and Benefits Issues, FMLA and Other Leave Issues||2017|
|Annual Employment Law Update||Plaintiff’s Theory of an Effective Employment Case||2017|
|The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit||Admissibility Questions, and Handling Email, Social Media and Other ESI||2015|
|Labor and Employment Law Section Conference||Pushing the Envelope: Emerging Plaintiffs’ Theories||2010|
|Labor and Employment Law Section Conference||ADA Amendments: Adjusting to the New Terrain||2009|
|Virginia State Bar||Business and Employment Torts: Just Sue Me||2008|
|Virginia Bar Association||Evolving Theories of Recovery||2008|
|Evidence||Effective Discovery Techniques and Working with Expert Witnesses||2008|
|Annual Employment Law Update||Litigation: The Initial Phase||2006|
|Annual Employment Law Update||Points to Consider in Settling Employment Law Cases||2003|
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