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James Richard Cook II

Divorce and separation Attorney at Johnson City, TN

5.0   79 reviews

also known as J.R. Cook


Licensed for 9 years

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  • 2021 Best Law Firm - Times News Readers Choice Award.
  • 2020 Best Family Law Firm - Johnson City Readers' Choice Award. 
  • 2020 Best Law Firm - Johnson City Readers' Choice Award.
  • 2020 Best Law Firm - Times News Readers Choice Award.
  • 2019 Best Family Law Firm - Johnson City Readers' Choice Award.
  • 2019 Best Law Overall Firm - Johnson City Readers' Choice Award.
  • 2019 Best Law Firm - Times News Readers Choice Award.
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney: Mr. Cook was recently selected by Attorney and Practice Magazine as a Top 10 Family Law Attorney in the State of Tennessee.
  • Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers: Mr. Cook was recently selected as a American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA) Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in the State of Tennessee for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction: Mr. Cook was named a 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction in the State of Tennessee by the American Legal Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA) in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.
  • Top 10 Under 40 Family Lawyers: Mr. Cook was named a Top 10 Under 40 Family Lawyers for Tennessee by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys for 2018, 2019, 2020.
  • 2020 Avvo Client's Choice Award. 
  • 2019 Avvo Client's Choice Award.
  • 2018 Avvo Client's Choice Award.
  • 2017 Avvo Client's Choice Award.
  • 2016 Avvo Client's Choice Award.
  • 2015 Avvo Client's Choice Award.
  • James R. Cook, II ("J.R.") is a family law and civil litigation attorney licensed to practice law in both State and Federal court. J.R. earned his undergraduate degree from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia and his Juris Doctorate degree from the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia. While attending law school, J.R. served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate representing the best interest of children in child custody cases; earned extensive training in negotiation, mediation and arbitration; and completed 150+ hours of community service.

    J.R. has been recognized by numerous legal organizations for his outstanding family law accomplishments, including being named a Top 10 Family Law Attorney by Attorney and Practice Magazine, a Top 10 Attorney Under 40, and the Avvo Client's Choice Award for five (5) consecutive years. J.R. practices almost exclusively in the area of family law and has extensive experience handling high and low asset divorces, complicated custody disputes, adoptions, and other family law related matters. He understands how stressful, intimidating and complicated lawsuits may be; therefore, it is his goal to make sure every client receives aggressive, dependable and fair representation.

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Licensed for 9 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 11/19/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Page & Cook, PC

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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2021
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Anonymous
Hiring JR Cook as my attorney is one of the best decisions I've ever made. This guy fought for me and was always there no matter what when I had questions or concerns. Although I know that he has many other clients.....he always made me feel like his number one priority! If anyone is going through a divorce I would recommend JR every time!
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Posted by Katrina | May 13, 2021
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Nobody Better than JR Cook!!!
There is no better divorce attorney than JR Cook. He represents with upmost excellence, honesty, and integrity. He puts his clients first and is highly responsive. He is open and sets the reasonable expectation in the process. He and his firm are professional and caring. He walked my family through a difficult time when we needed a confident attorney to protect or family's future. JR was exactly the answer for our family during this struggle. He brought is peace, confidence, and relief from stress. JR Cook is worth it! Let him help you with your family issue today. We hope to not need an attorney again in the future. But if we do, JR Cook is our man!
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2020
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THE BEST OF THE BEST!
J.R. Was strategic and aggressive with my case and I could not be any more pleased with how it was handled. Is office is wonderful and it is clear everyone looks to J.R. with complete confidence. I completely understand why he is so respected and achieved so many awards! He is certainly THE BEST!
Posted by Jean | December 5, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Would hire again.
Mr. Cook truly cares about his clients. He keeps in touch in every phase. His office staff are fantastic. I would definitely hire him again should the need ever arise.
Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2022
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J.R. for Help Navigating Child Custody Matters
J.R. is very professional, caring, and trusting to work with. During one of the most stressful times of my life, I relied on him to help resolve an exhausting custody situation. He is experienced and knowledgeable at his profession, and I can’t imagine having worked with anyone else throughout such a stressful situation.
Posted by Sarah | August 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Superior Service and Professionalism
I am beyond thankful for how he handled my case. He is compassionate, aggressive and helped me in every way through a difficult time. I truly appreciate everything he did for me. Turns out I am better at picking Attornies then husbands.
Posted by Amy | February 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce
I was not prepared for divorce, I was in denial and shock. However, JR showed compassion along with the stern advice I needed at times. He was available to answer questions, explained processes and acted on my behalf when I was not emotionally detached enough to make the best decisions for myself . He truly embodies the role of advisor and counselor and his attention to detail has protected me and my future. I am grateful to him and his staff for being the support and help I needed in my worst time. Divorce is a serious matter and I couldn’t imagine a better outcome with anyone else as my guide and legal counsel.
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Posted by Dreama | November 15, 2021
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Exceptional Representation
My husband and I were served a custody petition from my children’s biological father requesting 50%-50% (7 years after we separated). I interviewed several attorneys in our area, and came to to find Page & Cook through a referral from another law firm in our area. From the first call to the the office, they were quick to run through my case details, set up an appointment, and arrange a meeting between myself and JR.Cook. Through the entire process we were educated specifically about the laws/codes pertaining to our case specifically, and advised quickly as such-without hesitation. After completing mediation, unsuccessfully and proceeding to trial I can without a question know that we picked the ideal attorney to represent us. JR was quick with facts, and gifted with questions enlightening the judge on what myself, and most importantly my children have dealt with through the past 7 years. I am not going to say that “we won” because no child custody trial is really a “win” if you ask me. I will say that the results were Overwhelmingly in OUR favor. Mr. Cook managed to to get every detail of what we requested worked into our parenting plan, and issues that we have been dealing with for YEARS have been acknowledged by the court and placed as parenting guidelines moving forward. I can not thank this law firm enough, I would not hesitate to hire JR again tomorrow, should any future issues arise.
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Posted by John | March 9, 2021
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Best in Attorney in the Tri-Cities!! 6 out of 5 stars!!!
J.R. Cook represented me in a long and hard-fought battle for nearly a year. My ex-wife attempted to take our daughter and move more than 5 states away with her and justified this by downplaying my role as a loving father. With Mr. Cook at my side, not only was ex-wife denied relocation, but as a bonus we were able to revise a current parenting plan in my favor and I was granted even more parenting time. J.R. Cook is aggressive and the lengths he goes to fight for you will make your head spin. His knowledge and expertise in family law and level of professionalism sets the bar so high that it should cause other law firms to look up and be inspired. Hire this gentleman and rest easy knowing that he's fair, dependable, honest, and will get the job done.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2021
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Fights for you
I would recommend Jr Cook to anyone who wants to have justices for what is right. He has stepped in to a large mess called my life and has done an absolutely fantastic job handling it. He has always lead me in the right direction to what I should do and how to handle it. I can say he is worth what you pay and more. You message him and will have a message back in no time. He keeps you informed every step of they way. I have used other lawyer but he stands above the rest by all measures.
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Posted by Fred H. | December 21, 2020
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This guy is THE BEST attorney ever!
I'm retired, on Social Security with a pension and was going through a divorce after 43 years of marriage. I hired Mr. Cook and could not be more pleased with the way he handled everything. He made the whole experience so easy for me. He was able to save my pension, and I ended up not having to give my ex wife nearly as much alimony as she wanted. Plus, he was very reasonable. I paid a flat fee and that was it. If you want someone on your side that will get you the best outcome, James Cook is the guy to do it. I would recommend him and his staff to anyone who needs legal counsel. Even other attorney's give him 5 stars, that should tell you something.
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Posted by Joseph | September 8, 2020
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Excellent representation
Mr. Cook worked quickly to bring a positive resolution to my case. Most importantly, he did what he said he would do and met the deadlines that he promised to meet. I have had 4 other attorneys in the East TN area over the past 15 years and I cannot say the same about any of my past experiences with counsel. In the future, Mr. Cook will be my first contact should I ever require legal representation again.
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Posted by Kelly | September 2, 2020
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Relocation success!
J.R. is a well organized, prepared attorney! He helped me with my case and I knew I was in great hands. He responded quickly to any and all questions I had, he was very knowledgeable about current case law and had a well thought out, aggressive approach. He is worth every penny and I would highly recommend him to anyone! Thank you J.R.!
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2020
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JR made adoption stress free and we won all request
My wife and I have been together/married for several years. I raised her/our son since he was 3 years old. He wanted me to adopt him for several years and especially wanted to share our last name. I agree'd and of course out of the woodwork came his absent biological father to contest. JR was strategic, detailed, and genius. His best work was done during the deposition period. JR is the professional warrior representative you need. We are absolutely a local tri-city family success story and more importantly we have a very proud and happy child thankful to be adopted. I thank JR for his masterful work from the bottom of my heart. Choosing him for the fate of our family was a major decision and we absolutely made the correct decision.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2020
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James is the right choice.
James is the best lawyer! He was always available when we needed answers and was fantastic in court! For these hard situations you cannot go wrong picking him. I am so glad I did. I have had a custody case that at the beginning I had no rights and felt defeated before it began. But James made me feel like if I followed what he advised me then everything would work out. This started when my child was only 2 and now is 6 but officially I have full custody which is the best situation for my child. I am glad I listened and never gave up during these last 4 trying years. I f you have a custody issue James is always the correct choice.
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Posted by Linda | December 13, 2019
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JR IS AMAZING!!!!!
I have had experience before with attorneys, so when we needed to hire an attorney for a custody case, I did a lot of research. I read JR's profile and the awards he had won and I knew he was the one that we wanted. From day one, JR did exactly what I expected an attorney to do. He is 100% for his client and is very prepared when you go to court. We won our case and was able to bring our little girl home with us where she is safe. I am so glad that we chose him and am so grateful to him for the job that he did for us.
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2019
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Best Attorney in the Tri-Cities By Far!
I have been in court off and on for the last ten years with multiple attorneys battling over parenting plans and custody having bad experiences with all. My experience and faith was at a loss to get the results I needed for my custody situation. In December 2017 a friend through Avvo.com located and found attorney JR Cook and suggested I try him. After reviewing the well-deserved reviews, I gave him a call for consultation. He along with his growing office staff have been a Godsend to myself and my family. For the first time I felt that I was heard and understood, that he honestly cared about my case. My case took two years to complete. Throughout the two years JR always was able to be reached at any time I needed him. He always responded with sound fair logical advise. His office staff also showed the same mentality towards clients as he does; friendly, caring, and quick action to help resolve any issues I was having. I followed JR's advice and lead to gather and prepare for my case. Although there were times I may not have understood something he requested, he made sure I knew why each thing I was asked to provide or do was being done. I would also like to add that he handled communication with anyone when needed and never backed down or worried about anything that may have been said against me. When the time came to place all into court to be shown, we were ready. I cannot express enough to show the preparedness and time that JR placed into my case to be ready. He was a bulldog in court! The lawyer I needed! The lawyer anyone going through a nasty parenting ordeal needs! JR had all in order to present what was needed at all times. He was beyond prepared and ready! I got to keep the custody of my child and all allegations sought against me where proven wrong! No other attorney in the Tri-Cities can compare to JR! Keep in mind I have had four other attorneys before JR and they NEVER put the time, care, communication, effort, and work into my case as he did. JR never once stopped or slowed down with my case! My case had specific details that no other attorney wanted to take the time to cover or deal with the stress of handling it. JR took on the challenge and succeeded with flying colors! If you are ready to have a lawyer that truly cares about your case, gives sound honest advice, and goes above and beyond; then JR is the only lawyer you can have and will ever need! I am beyond grateful and blessed that I was able to have found him! We all know child custody cases are emotional, stressful, and painful; JR made me have a sense of ease knowing he was my attorney and knowing I have the best attorney in the Tri-Cities. JR Cook has proved that he will do the same for your case too! Page Cook & Vaughn should be your choice as well for any legal needs!
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Posted by Mark | October 10, 2019
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Mr.
Direct and succulent. A great listener who carefully evaluated the situation and then provides clear direction. As the old saying goes you pay for what you get and he’s worth every penny.
Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
Mr. Cook is an amazing attorney. He helped us win 2 very difficult custody casing involving children that are not biological ours, including termination of parental rights. He was always quick to respond to my emails, was clear in explaining things, kelts is informed about all aspects of our cases. He went out of his way to accommodate us as we had a long travel time for our court dates. I could not have asked for a better attorney!! His entire staff was professional, helpful and friendly.
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Posted by Gabriel | July 18, 2019
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Best in the Business!
Mr. Cook provided superb representation in a termination of parental rights case. His competence and skill was reassuring during a very difficult time. I nicknamed him the "shredder" because he cut right through the inaccuracies of the opposing party's testimony. Regardless of outcome, I was sure I had received outstanding representation. Mr. Cook's hard work has made it possible for me to see my children. It was a long process, and at times, knowing I had the best attorney out there was the only thing that helped me get through it. I would recommend him to anyone. He'll help you win your case!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner Attorney
  • Page, Cook, & Vaughan, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • James R. Cook II, Attorney at Law
  • 2013 - 2017

Education

  • Appalachian School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Marshall University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Legal Cases

  • Divorce - Client obtained Primary Custody & Financial Award
  • Favorable to Client
  • Divorce - Husband/Father obtain Primary Custody
  • Favorable to Client
  • DCS Case Dismissed in Favor of Client!
  • Case Against Client Dismissed.
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Associations

  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2021
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2021
  • Professionals Engaged in Advancing Kingsport
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 40 Under 40
  • Business Journal of the Tri Cities
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Law Firm in Tennessee - Family Law
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2019
  • Best Law Firm
  • Times News
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney
  • American Jurist Institute
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Top 10 for Client Satisfaction in Tennessee
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney in Tennessee
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top 10 for Client Satisfaction in Tennessee
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 for Tennessee
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice - Child Support
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor - Child Support
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Nominee
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice Award - Child Custody
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice Award - Child Custody
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award - Divorce
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top 10% Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appalachian School of Law
  • 2011
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Publications

  • Avvo
  • Factors for Property Division in Tennessee Divorce
  • 2019
  • Avvo
  • Spousal Support/Alimony Factors in Tennessee Divorce
  • 2019
  • Avvo
  • The Guide to Tennessee Divorce
  • 2019
  • Avvo
  • Tennessee Child Custody Factors
  • 2019
  • Avvo
  • General Rights of Parents in Tennessee
  • 2019
  • Avvo
  • Who May Adopt in Tennessee
  • 2019
  • Avvo
  • Grounds for Divorce in Tennessee
  • 2019
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Speaking Engagements

  • True North Real Estate Advisors - Continuing Education
  • Litigation, Arbitration, & Mediation
  • 2022
  • National Business Institute
  • Top Challenges in Family Law- CLE Attended
  • 2021
  • For Better or Worse: Real Estate & Divorce
  • Divorce & Real Estate
  • 2021

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (19)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cook is a fearless and effective litigator who can handle any type of case and any set of facts. He will do an excellent job for his clients."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cook has an impressive knowledge of the issues, strategies, and methods that apply to custody cases. I endorse this lawyer, and rfecommend his services."
Family Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"JR is an outstanding attorney. He has a reputation for aggressive, effective representation and he lives up to it. If you want someone who will work tirelessly to win your case, JR is your man. I give him my highest endorsement."
Family Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cook has been opposing counsel on many of my cases. He is honest, ethical and hard working."
Family Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Cook on a number of child custody and divorce cases. He is professional, thorough, aggressive, and a skilled advocate for his clients. I do not hesitate to endorse Mr. Cook."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cook has and continues to exhibit a high level of professionalism and competence in the practice of law. Mr. Cook is admired not only by his clients but colleagues as well. I would highly recommend Mr. Cook's legal services."
Family Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cook is, by far, one of the most hard working people that I know (in the legal field or otherwise). He is extremely knowledgeable about many legal issues. He has been someone that is compassionate and easy to approach about any issue. I can't recommend him enough.."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cook is a very personable and hardworking attorney. I would easily recommend his services to anyone!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cook and I attended law school together. He is well-versed in the law and cares deeply for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cook and I attended law school together, and we now both practice family law in East Tennessee. Mr. Cook is an honest, smart, and hard working attorney. I would not hesitate referring clients to him in the Kingsport area."
Adoption Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Cook for over five years and would not hesitate in sending any client his way for legal services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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