Skip to main content

Russell Dale Cook

Mediation Attorney at Fresno, CA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Russ Cook

Call and speak with several attorneys to find best fit for your specific legal issue.
Can't find what you are looking for?
Avvo has 97% of all lawyers in the US.
Find the best ones near you.
Find Nearby Lawyers

About Russell

Learn Russell’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Mediation
    Mediation in construction claims, personal injury suits, breach of contract disputes, real property disputes and estate matters.

    27 years, 250 cases

  2. Personal injury
    I have represented injured parties in personal injury claims, with settlements of over 10 million. I have tried over 100 trials to conclusion. I am willing to devote the time, money and energy to maximize the award.

    42 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Construction and development
    I have represented owners, contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers in construciton disputes. I am a member of the Association of General Contractors and specialize in public works litigation.

    42 years, 1,000 cases

Mediation Experience

Russell D. Cook has conducted over 600 private mediations. The cases that have been mediated are divergent. They include many complex construction cases, business cases, wage and hour (including prevailing wage claims), personal injury, real estate disputes, insurance coverage disputes, claims involving public agencies, inverse condemnation claims, and residential and commercial landlords.

Mr. Cook has acted as a Judge Pro Tem for the Fresno County Superior Court, conducting settlement conferences for the past 24 years. During that time, he has conducted well over 100 such settlement conferences.

Russell D. Cook is on the panel of mediators through the Superior Court in Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Merced Counties. He is also on the panel of mediators through the United States District Court Eastern District of California.

Mr. Cook is also on the panel of mediators through private associations, including the California Association of Realtors as well as the American Arbitration Association.

Mediation Philosophy

Russell D. Cook considers each matter unique and therefore to be mediated differently. The first job of the mediator is to provide an environment that is comfortable for the participants, and then for the mediator to listen carefully to each party and then tactfully address the issues in the case from the other parties perspective. Knowing that many parties start the mediation with considerable emotion, the job of the mediator is to diffuse that emotion to allow each party to deal rationally with the dispute. This process often takes time and patience to allow these emotion to be diffused. Many times thoughtful listening by the mediator can make this transition occur.

Litigation Experience

As an advocate, Russell D. Cook has represented a number of business, construction, insurance and individual interests.

He has tried over 100 civil cases to verdict over his 35 year career. During that same time, he has resolved or settled in excess of 3,000 cases acting as an attorney for a party. In this regard, Russell D. Cook has participated in over 1,500 mediations representing a party to the dispute.

Construction Claims

Mr. Cook has experience in both litigating and resolving disputes involving construction claims on behalf of owners, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers. Russell D. Cook has experience in both general engineering claims as well as both heavy and light building construction. As an associate member of the Association of General Contractors, he stays up to date on all current developments in construction.

Real Estate Claims

Russell D. Cook has experience in litigating as well as resolving disputes involving real estate matters, including boundary disputes, easements, title disputes, real estate purchase and sale claims. He has represented buyers, sellers, brokers, agents, surveyors and developers.

Business Litigation Claims

Russell D. Cook has experience in representation of individuals and businesses as follows: interference with contract claims, fraud claims, business interruption claims, elder abuse claims.

Personal Injury Claims

Mr. Cook has represented over 2,000 litigants with personal injury claims (both plaintiff and the defense). These include wrongful death and serious personal injury claims.

Employment Claims

Russell D. Cook has represented both plaintiff and defense in the following types of employment claims: wage and hour claims involving prevailing wage issues, age discrimination, sexual harassment claims and sexual discrimination.

Class Action Claims

Mr. Cook has represented plaintiffs in a class action claims. On such claim was on behalf of approximately 2,000 pensioners wherein the matter was resolved in mediation for 5.6 million.

Multi Party Mediation Experience

Russell D. Cook has mediated over 200 complex multi-party claims. A typical case is a construction claims that involved disputes between owner and general contractor wherein the subcontractors are included. Additionally he has mediated personal injury claims wherein more than one person caused the accident. He has mediated claims where there are competing claimants, such as a wrongful death claim with multiple heirs or where there is not sufficient insurance to compensate all parties who were injured. He has mediated construction accident claims wherein multiple subcontractors are alleged to have caused the condition that led to the claim. Additionally, he has mediated other real estate claims involve buyer seller disputes wherein the broker and agent are also a party to the claim. The typical multi-party claim involves issues of indemnity, insurance as well as insurance coverages.

Licensed for 42 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1980
Updated 12/01/2022

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

Contact Russell

Similar lawyers nearby

Russell Dale Cook
1233 W Shaw Ave #100
Fresno, CA, 93711


5.0 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Posted by Karen | October 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Excellent Attorney
Russell Cook is our corporate attorney. He has guided us through many legal issues related to the construction industry and some pretty tough personal ones as well. He is available when we simply need advice or when we need representation in court. He is professional and is a straight shooter. I appreciate his "no BS" advice and his sense of humor!
Read less
Posted by Shelly | October 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Russel Cook has been our corporate attorney for many years. He has litigated our construction industry law suits with favorable outcomes each and every time. You won't be disappointed if you use Mr. Cook. He is an expert in Construction claims and you will know this immediately during your initial consultation with him. You will also find him to be a very hard working man who is respected in this industry. The owner of our company was against lawyers but after meeting and using Mr. Cook, that has changed tremendously.
Read less
Posted by Deborah | October 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb attorney
I have retained Mr. Cook several times and have found him to be focused and dedicated. His experience is vast and I would refer him to anyone seeking reliable counsel.
Posted by Stephen | October 8, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excelent Counsel
I have had the privilege to work with Russ for over 10 yrs. He is well versed in construction and business law as well as a very effective mediator. I highly recommend Russ for any of your legal needs.


  • Hourly Rates $ 330-330 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Russell D. Cook, Attorney at Law - Mediator
  • 1992 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Dominic P. Mushines
  • 1980 - 1992


  • San Joaquin COL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • California St Univ Fresno
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • Force v. City of Fresno
  • Settled for 5.6 million


  • American Arbitration Association
  • Member, Mediation Panel
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • California Association of Realtors
  • Panel Mediator
  • 2014 - Present
  • Southern California Mediation Assocation
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Eastern Madera County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Assocation of General Contractors
  • Associate
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney
  • 1980 - Present
  • Fresno County Bar Assocation
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Meeting
  • We Are Only Mediating Because The Contract Requires It
  • 2015
  • Monthly Meeting
  • We Are Only Mediating Because The Contract Requires It.
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (4)
Endorse Russell
Mediation Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have mediated with Russel Cook and found him to be a very impressive mediator. We were at an impasse in settlement negotiations with a trial quickly approaching, but he was able to help us through it by analyzing the case making a fair and reasonable mediator's proposal."
Mediation Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have used Russ as a mediator on several occasions. He is knowledgeable and works hard to resolve cases. He has a friendly personality and is liked by both parties and counsel which helps facilitate resolution.."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. As a mediator Russ is as good as they come. He is always level-headed and really works to get matters resolved even when the matter is highly contentious. As a lawyer, Russ is approachable and extremely competent. He is tough but fair. He has a stellar reputation in our legal community and I would highly recommend him as an attorney and mediator to anyone that would ask."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Russ is a terrific mediator. He is well-prepared, patient and works hard to bring the parties to a resolution."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Russ will spend the time to know the facts, research the issues and make sure the mediation is productive. He's been on both sides so he can speak to both sides from experience. His follow up is great."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cook's professional experience, exemplary reputation, high ethical standards, legal qualifications and respectful demeanor contribute to his excellent and effective skills as a mediator and arbitrator in Alternative Dispute Resolution."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've used Russ Cook on several mediations with good success. He helps get cases resolved."
View more endorsements
Personal injury
Employment and labor

Avvo Contributions

This attorney hasn't created any legal answers in Q&A or legal guides recently on Avvo.

Fresno Mediation Lawyer Russell Dale Cook
Russell Dale Cook
Mediation Attorney
Fresno, CA
Licensed for 42 years