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.
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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.
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2008||01/19/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Texas Rising Star||Texas Super Lawyers||2014|
|Texas Rising Star||Texas Super Lawyers||2013|
|Top Lawyers of 2013||Houstonia Magazine||2013|
|Member of the College of the State Bar||College of the State Bar||2011|
|Elton Prize||George Washington University||2001|
|Jacob Burns Scholarship||George Washington Law||2001|
|Honors Scholar||George Washington University||2001|
|B.A. Classical Humanities cum laude||George Washington University||2001|
|Presidential Merit Scholarship||George Washington University||1997|
|Partner||Wyly & Cook, LLP||2013 - Present|
|Owner||Law Office of Kelly E. Cook||2012 - 2013|
|Associate||Kennedy Hodges, LLP||2008 - 2012|
|Associate||Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP||2004 - 2007|
|Law Clerk||Ashcraft & Gerel||2002 - 2004|
|Law Clerk||Fisher, Christen & Sabol||2000 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court||Master||2014 - Present|
|Houston Trial Lawyers Association||Mentorship Program Manager||2012 - Present|
|7th Amendment PAC||Board of Directors||2012 - Present|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association Advocates||Board of Directors||2011 - Present|
|College of the State Bar of Texas||Member||2011 - Present|
|Houston Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||2011 - Present|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||PAC Contributor||2010 - Present|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||2008 - Present|
|Houston Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association Advocates||Member||2008 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2005 - Present|
|Project for Older Prisoners||Case Worker||2003 - 2004|
|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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|George Washington University National Law Center||Law||Juris Doctor||2004|
|The George Washington University||Classical Humanities||BA - Bachelor of Arts cum laude||2001|
|Greenbrier East High School||General Studies||H.S. Diploma||1997|