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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro Bono||Davis County||2002|
|Partner||Pearson, Butler, Carson, & Cook, PLLC||2010 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Office of Melvin A. Cook||2003 - 2010|
|Partner||Nelson, Cook, & Taylor||2003 - 2010|
|Attorney||Bean & Smedley, LLC||2000 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives (NOSSCR)||N/A||2013 - Present|
|Utah Association for Justice||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Family Law Section Of Utah State Bar||N/A||2003 - Present|
|Estate Planning Section of Utah State Bar||N/A||2003 - Present|
|Utah State Bar||Attorney||1996 - Present|
|Carr v Cook||Won sole custody of child for father|
|Haney v Crocker||Won change of custody settlement for father|
|Jiron v Seal||Won primary custody for father|
|See all legal cases|
|Utah Trial Lawyers Magazine||A Dog's Day In Court||2014|
|University of Utah||Business Administration||MBA||1999|
|Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School||Juris Doctorate||Juris Doctorate||1996|
|University of Utah||History||BA||1992|
|Advanced Family Law||Complex Assets in Divorce||2017|
|Complex Divorce Assets||Dividing Equity Compensation in Divorce||2016|
|The Probate Process from Beginning to End||Probate||2010|
|The Probate Process from Start to Finish||Probate Litigation||2008|
Posted by Giselle
My ex-husband wanted to take advantage of me because of my deafness, and inability to communicate correctly.
We were separated for more than 5 years, I do not have job. He told the judge that he was crazy and he was determined to make me pay Alimony to him, because he says that I had, or have a good job, and this is false. I was and I am surviving just with the help of the State.
I found Mr. Cook though the website, I emailed him many times, and explained to him my case ( by my captioning device for the deaf and hard of hearing ). Starting that day, He was my lawyer. And I am so grateful to him because he fought hard in my case. My ex-husband falsified information making the case harder to present/investigate the allegations. But at the end Mr. Cook, was able to respond and prove that this individual was trying to take advantage of me, Mr. Cook won the case!
Now, I can say to everyone reading this page that God, put Mr Cook in my life to help me with this matter, I was with working with another lawyer before and believe me, "nothing close to Mr. Cook". He is an honest, caring and knowledgeable lawyer who will go out of his way, to help you in every way he can. It was my pleasure to met him and I would recommend him to anyone!.
Posted by Nancy
Mr. Cook was there for me when I was alone in my plight. Of course he defended my rights, but it truly felt like he was also on my side and looking out for my best interest.
Posted by Derek
Mel helped me apply for social security twice and was so nice in doing so. The first time i applied he fought over and over to appeal the decision. He was always on point and never gave up. Although we lost the first time, I soon applied a second time and it provided much different results, I won the Case! He always cared about who i am and what i was capable of. Being disabled is a hard life and he tried to make it as easy as possible to manage my ssdi case and was so friendly in the meantime. We had success and I feel like he deserves the highest accreditation towards his service and help towards me and my disability. Mel is one of the nicest lawyers I've dealt with and I would absolutely give others my recommendation. Excellent lawyer! excellent service towards me and others!
Joseph Taggart, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
As an attorney myself, I see firsthand the difference between the quality attorney who genuinely cares for his clients, and those that do not. Mel Cook cares about his clients, he is experienced and does excellent work advocating for his clients' interests. Mel also mentored me when I was a young attorney fresh out of law school, the experience and wisdom he conveyed to me is unmatched! I highly recommend Mel Cook!
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