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Kelly Earl Cook

Employment and labor Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    Texas - TX 16 years
    Maryland - MD 19 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Kelly

Learn Kelly’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    32%
    Litigation focused on wage and hour law, unpaid overtime and minimum wage, and unpaid "off-the-clock" work.

    16 years

  2. Personal injury
    32%
    Litigation focused on protecting victims and consumers and representing those injured by the needlessly dangerous actions of others.

    19 years

  3. Litigation
    31%
    General litigation that includes all manner of civil and business disputes, including contract disputes, theft of trade secrets, fraud, conversion (wrongful taking of property), and defense of general (non-personal injury) litigation matters.

    19 years

  4. Animal and dog bites
    5%

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.

 

Location

Wyly & Cook, PLLC
1415 North Loop West
Suite 1000
Houston, TX, 77008

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Reviews

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Posted by bleaver07 | April 6, 2014
Objective Empathetic Counsel
Kelly has an empathetic, but yet objective approach to his counseling. I felt confident that I was on the stronger side of my case because of his expertise and due diligence with interpretation of all angles of the law. I highly recommend him if you are ever in a bind.
Posted by Robin | May 16, 2011
Extremely professional, very pleasant experience
I would highly recommend Kelly Cook to all of my friends and family, and anyone else in need of legal services. Kelly was extremely professional, and made sure to personally keep me updated every step of the way while handling my case. He was able to quickly work the case, and I am 100% happy with the outcome.

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-350 per hour
  • Contingency 80%-100%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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Education

  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • The George Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts cum laude
  • 2001
  • Greenbrier East High School
  • H.S. Diploma
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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.

Associations

  • Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 2014 - Present
  • 7th Amendment PAC
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - Present
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Mentorship Program Manager
  • 2012 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - Present
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association Advocates
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - Present
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • PAC Contributor
  • 2010 - Present
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association Advocates
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Project for Older Prisoners
  • Case Worker
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (7)
Endorse Kelly
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly Cook is heavily involved in the legal community and helped mentor me into the lawyer I am today. He's passionate, zealous, and smart."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kelly. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly has continually demonstrated his commitment to the pursuit of justice and embodies the ethos of a true advocate. He has proven himself time and time again in the crucible of litigation. Whether employment discrimination, deceptive trade practices or personal injury, Kelly will work tirelessly for you and your rights."
Personal injury Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kelly is an experienced, creative and knowledgeable litigator who works hard to maximize his clients' cases. I highly endorse Kelly to anyone looking for an effective and dedicated personal injury lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kelly is a tremendous lawyer with an amazing knowledge of the law. He is a formidable opponent for any defense attorney. He approaches every case with the passion and zeal to attain the best results for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kelly is the go-to attorney in Houston for personal injury matters. I highly recommend him. Galvin Kennedy"
Personal injury Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Kelly is a brilliant attorney who can break down a problem and find a solution in very little time. He has an excellent knowledge and memory of the law and puts it to work on a daily basis. He is equipped to handle the most complex case and can go toe-to-toe with any defense attorney out there. His negotiation skills are superb and he truly gets the best value for each and every case."
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