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Robbi Abrams Cook

Criminal defense Attorney at Oakland, CA

5.0   32 reviews

Licensed for 36 years

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    65%
    All misdemeanors and felonies, including violent crimes, sex crimes, domestic violence crimes and sealing your criminal record.

    33 years, 1,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    Representation in court and at the DMV

    32 years, 500 cases

  3. Juvenile law
    15%
    Juvenile delinquency

    36 years, 1,500 cases

Dedicated to  Adult Criminal and Juvenile defense in the Bay Area. We fight for you!

 

Robbi Cook graduated from Tufts University magna cum laude with a degree in Psychology, and then earned her J.D. Degree from Boston University School of Law in 1985.

 

Ms. Cook practiced civil litigation and juvenile dependency law, in Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia, before she moved to California in 1997, and became a staff attorney with  the Hawkins Center, a non-profit legal services agency in Richmond, California.  In 2005, Ms. Cook founded Law Offices of Robbi Abrams Cook, specializing in adult and juvenile criminal defense. Since then, Ms. Cook has represented hundreds of clients in courts throughout the Bay Area, in criminal and juvenile cases.  Her practice  has allowed Ms. Cook to fully realize her passion for fighting for the rights of each of her clients.

 

Ms. Cook is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Alameda County Bar Association, the California Public Defenders Association, the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the California Deuce Defenders. She treats every client with respect and integrity.

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Licensed for 36 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 09/07/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1992
Updated 06/08/2022
State MA
Status Retired
Acquired 1985
Updated 09/19/2022

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

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Posted by Glorieta | June 2, 2015
Exactly who my family needed.
Don't do reviews so, I'm not good at them but, for Robbi Abrams Cook, I will do my best. Recently, my adult son got into BIG trouble. He needed a lawyer but, I don't know the first thing about locating a good lawyer. So, I started reading attorney bios provided by my legal plan (thank goodness I have one). Robbi's bio detailed her impressive law education, work background, and the regions of the state/country where she practices. Very educated and much of her work is in the stressful, chaotic Alameda judicial system where my son's case was being handled. After all of the bios that I read, I chose Robbi. She was exactly who my son/family needed at a very sad, scary time. She's persistent and tough. She's straight-forward and returns calls/email/texts. SHE'S HONEST. Thank you, Robbi. -GH
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Posted by Miguel | June 25, 2014
Robbie is a life saver
I was charged with a DUI and literally had no idea what to do. I found Robbi through a listing from my legal insurance and right from the beginning I felt comfortable and confident that she would do her best to help me through everything. Robbi kept me up to date with court appearances, forms and letters I would receive, what my options were and everything else that one normally has to go through with such an ordeal. The whole time she was there to answer any questions and always got back to me within several hours to a day of me contacting her, even on the weekends! She helped me through a very difficult time in my life and even after there was some mix up with the DMV and courthouse after my plea deal was accepted, Robbi stepped up and handled the matter for me quickly and as painlessly as possible. I would absolutely recommend her services to anyone I know.
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Posted by Cyril | December 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer to defend me in a nightmarish case
Robbi is a very knowledgeable, thorough, and tenacious criminal law attorney. She has been very responsive from day one, and did a great job at both defending my interests and educating me all along the way, for what otherwise was an absolutely nightmarish case. I obviously knew (and didn't have difficulty to convince her) that I was innocent of the preposterous allegations of my accuser, but sadly, as I discovered too late before hiring her, there was already enough bureaucratic red tape to put dirt on my name in the system, that she only was finally able to remove. Indeed, there is no doubt in my mind I'd have eventually spent several times fold the energy, the time (and the money!) if I had been stubborn enough to start and try defending my case by myself only. Sometimes you just can't and you better don't even want to try battling up that hill! Therefore, I can easily recommend Robbi to defend you most efficiently, as best as your particular situation will allow anyway, because her work will not disappoint you, AFAICT. Sincerely, CJ
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Posted by Quan | February 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Robbi is a wonderful attorney
My wife and I had a serious argument and she called 911 out of anger. Even my wife tried to contact both the police office and the DA office to let them know she did not want to move forward, they still forced us to the court hearing and proposed a serious charge of domestic violence. This is my very first time having issue with the legal system. I did not even have a single car ticket for last 15 yeas in the US. We had to reach out more than 20 attorneys. Some attorneys gave serious scenarios and other did not even consult appropriately. Then we luckily found Robbi. She listened to my case carefully and provided detailed plan what she would do and the possible outcome of my case. During the trial period, I always got updated about next step in details and I knew exactly what to do as well as the timeline. Finally our case was dismissed
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look no further! Robbi is the best!!
I had a legal issue back in 2018 and Robbi went above and beyond in all aspects. I really can't say that enough, she is great!!! When I contacted her by phone she promptly answered all my questions and scheduled an appointment at her office. At my appointment she listened to all my concerns and explained all the process step by step, I felt like I was talking with more than a lawyer but also a friend. I highly recommend her as a lawyer. AAA+++
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Posted by Tosha | January 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Outcome!
Hi, I would like to say that I believe in God and I know prayers do get answered… I would highly recommend Robbi Cook as the most Professional Attorney who thinks outside the box and understands that people deserve the highest quality representation and she fights to win… she acts fast and the outcome she got my son was one for the history books… if you need a real person who answers , emails , phone calls and text messages in a timely manner and takes every avenue to get you a great outcome to your case then contact her now… I would utilize her services again trust me she is AWESOME!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond All My Expectations
After consulting with a few different lawyers Robbi Cook was the clear choice. My gut feeling was rewarded with fantastic results surpassing my expectations. She worked with me on my case for over a year and was able to get the conviction reduced to something far less serious and it will eventually be expunged from my record. I knew when I hired Mrs. Cook she would do the best she could for me, but her extraordinary effort and attention to detail is certainly what made the difference in my case. I couldn't imagine having chosen anyone else and I have already recommended her to a friend of mine. This situation was a defining moment in my life and a true learning experience and Mrs. Cook granted me the opportunity to move forward with a clean slate. For that I am forever grateful.
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Posted by Mary | November 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
VERY EFFECTIVE, Professional. Highly Recommended
I spent a lot of time looking for a lawyer to help seal an arrest record before finding Robbi. If you are looking for a lawyer - I can not recommend her enough. She was very professional (as opposed to some other sleazy/sketchy lawyers I spoke to), direct and above all VERY EFFECTIVE. She has a high level of integrity, she knows the system and knows what to do. It was an enormous relief to find Robbi. She was informed and knowledgeable about what I needed and I felt very comfortable dealing with her. She helped to seal my arrest record effectively, quickly and with minimal stress. Her rates are also very fair.
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Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent law firm that cares
The Law offices of Robbi Abrams cook were very professional and always kept me informed regarding my case. I recommend them 100%
Posted by Mario | July 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case dismissed
Robbi took care of my family and I. She made sure my kids had food first. Very understanding and down to earth. She got my family and I out of a bad situation. I would highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Robbi for the win!
After contacting other attorneys regarding a legal matter that I wanted resolved and essentially being told it was not worth my time, or highly unlikely to be resolved, I found Robbi. She personally called me back after leaving a voicemail with her office. Other offices had assistants call me and give me the cold shoulder. Our initial phone conversation unfolded like that between two people meeting in person. Respect, understanding, and advice were made immediately available. This was not only comforting but also reassuring. Robbi was thorough during our consultation and agreed to help with with my matter. She took my case and saw it through to the end, with the result I sought, maintaining contact with me through the process, providing updates, and making court appearances on my behalf. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a more humanistic side to the legal experience. If ever needed again, she will be my "go to!" Thanks Robbi!
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Posted by Sergio | March 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
I called Robbie Cook after seeing her reviews online.. I had just gotten arrested for a marijuana sales charge.. After one phone call Robbi Cook met with me and got to work on my case right away.. I am from out of town so I couldn t really make the court dates but Robbi was in court representing me everytime.. She got my case dismissed and got a court order to return some confiscated property of mine.. I would recommend Robbi Cook for any legal problem anyone might be having.. She is very straight up and she tells you like it is.. All around excellent service
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Posted by Elizabeth Tukuaho | January 17, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent attorney!!!!
Though the domestic violence charges against my husband were dismissed by the DA and I hadn’t paid a cent to Robbi, she was so knowledgeable and polite answering all my questions and helping me to find out where my husband would be released from. Highly recommend her!!!!
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend without hesitation
If you're facing charges or just looking for someone to help you navigate your defense, I highly recommend calling Robbi. She got my case dismissed and showed professionalism, responsiveness, and expertise throughout the entire ordeal. Navigating lawyers was completely new and foreign to me. I was charged with a misdemeanor in Oakland, and had never had any legal or criminal issues in the past ever. As such, I heard a ton of varying information on what type of outcome I could expect in my case. I did my due dilligence and talked to several lawyers, some even quoting me up words of $8k to represent me pre-trial for this charge. Robbi honestly and clearly explained the process to me from the beginning, and then represented me for several court appearances, allowing me to continue with my life and work. Robbi got my case dismissed by the DA when it looked like it might continue for another month or two. She followed up promptly all the time. Highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Robbi Gets the Job Done!
About 5 months ago my wife was arrested for something she should have not . My wife was very concerned because before getting arrested she had a clean slate. Now she has a record of being arrested! This would not set in right for her especially for employment purposes. We both went into action and sought to find a lawyer who would not only take the case but to work with us to get her arrest record sealed and destroyed. We found Robbi Cook a lawyer in Oakland. She indeed took our case and worked closely with both of us with confidence. The end result was great! Robbi got the judge to grant the petition to seal and destroy my wife's record. This had to be one of the happiest event for my wife and I. If you want a lawyer who works hard and has the confidence to represent you , Robbi Cook is the one hands down!
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Posted by Kate | February 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you, Robbi for your time and your generous help
Just wanted to write this review because when you come across someone who doesn't just practice their profession, but also uses it to serve, then that's special. Robbi was easy to contact, answered all my questions, was generous with her time and understanding and has helped me to understand the legal process.
Posted by Naveen JF | January 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best there is..... Thanks, Robbi
No one needs to be in trouble with the law, my first time messing up. Very glad I found Robbi, she's got to be the best there is, when it comes to putting the client first. Patient, took the time to explain the possible outcomes. Calls it as it is, if it's a long shot then still gave me the choice. Truly professional and courteous inside and outside the courtroom. Once we agreed on the approach suggested by her, she stayed the course to achieve the best possible outcome. Absolutely grateful and highly recommend her (with 6+ stars, out of 5).
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Posted by Trisha | January 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney, my son's case was dismissed
I consulted with several attorneys because my son was arrested while visiting in Oakland, CA. I live in Texas and was worried sick. Some attorneys I felt wanted to take advantage of my situation...( I am in another state, my son was in custody) that is how I felt at the time. Robbi on the other hand listened and advised me. After speaking to several attorneys on the phone, and doing online research... I went with my gut feeling. I couldn't have made a better choice. She kept me informed by text every step of the way. Always informed me of what was going on. I never felt wondering what would happen next. My son did not have to show up to court. She took care of that as well and the case was dismissed!! I was so elated when she texted me the words everyone wants to hear. I was at work and she understood and texted but when I called she answered each and every time. Thank god and thank you Mrs. Robbi for everything you did for my son.
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service, friendly and very helpful!
I hired Ms. Robbi to request for bench warrant withdrawal. She has been very professional yet friendly and took care of this matter very easily. She is excellent in her work and provide good point of views and right advise to her clients. Not only that, she goes out of her way to provide the best possible service with successful results.
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Posted by madalene | February 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
very helpful and dependable
Robbi was very professional and knowledgable. She knew what she was doing and kept you updated on everything that was going on. The few lawyers I spoke with thought the chances of my charges even getting reduced was unlikely. Robbi in the end got the entire case dismissed. She was always on time and prepared and filed all the necessary motions and translated everything to you so you could understand. If your looking for good dependable lawyer call Robbi.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office Of Robbi Abrams Cook
  • 2003 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • The Hawkins Center/Rubicon
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Godard West and Adelman (Fairfax, Virginia)
  • 1992 - 1997
  • Attorney
  • McCormack and Epstein (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • 1985 - 1992
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Education

  • Boston University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1985
  • Tufts University
  • B.A., magna cum laude
  • 1979

Legal Cases

  • People v. I.G.
  • CASE DISMISSED by Judge after hearing on Motion to Suppress Evidence
  • People v. M.S.
  • CASE DISMISSED on day of trial
  • People v. V.A
  • CASE DISMISSED after preliminary hearing
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Associations

  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Criminal Section of the Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • California Deuce Defenders
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Women Lawyers of Alameda County
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Court Appointed Conflict Panel - Alameda County
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished Member
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Superb rating
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Class 2 Felony Panel
  • ABCA-CAAP Program
  • 2017
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • For Service Above and Beyond on Behalf of CA Foster Youth
  • Advokids - San Rafael, California
  • 2011
  • Admitted and Qualified
  • United States District Court-Northern District of California
  • 2001
  • Federal Courts Award
  • Boston University School of Law
  • 1985
  • Paul J. Liacos Scholar
  • Boston University School of Law
  • 1984
  • Magna cum laude
  • Tufts University - Jackson College
  • 1979
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Speaking Engagements

  • Juvenile roundtable
  • Representing juveniles in delinquency court
  • 2021
  • Panelist for Training for criminal defense attorneys
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2015
  • CCAN Annual Legal Advocacy Seminar
  • Representing Parents During Reunification Proceedings
  • 1996

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (11)
Litigation Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Robbi is always well-prepared and advocates effectively. I have seen her get results which I did not think were possible. I would want her representing me."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I can't say enough good things about Robbi. She's a fantastic criminal defense attorney who as admired throughout the Bay Area for her skills and her work ethic. I absolutely endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robbi is a super smart and thorough lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Robbi brings a wealth of experience, wisdom, and skill to every case she handles. She is a true professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend and endorse Ms. Cook. Ms. Cook and I have been co-counsels on Adult and Juvenile Criminal cases and I have closely witnessed her passion and dedication and zealous advocacy. Ms. Cook is highly respected in the community by fellow lawyers and Judges and is loved and respected by her clients. She works tirelessly and achieves great results for her clients and I am honored to know and work with her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Cook is a respected member of the Bay Area legal community. Robbi approaches her work with high levels of professionalism and attention to detail. She is also reliable and trustworthy--important qualities in a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. It is very clear from her many years of experience and her contributions that Ms. Cook is extremely knowledgeable and highly competent. I wouldn't hesitate recommending her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"29 years of practice is experienced and experience counts. Knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in her pro bono contributions. Client reviews are stellar. READ THEM! Do yourself a favor if you are in or near Oakland and schedule a consultation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a intelligent and hard working attorney"
Litigation Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Robbi Cook and I were colleagues in a Boston firm specializing in all manner of litigation. It was a pleasure to work with her. I was greatly impressed with her thorough preparation and her command of the facts and the law as it pertained to her cases. Ms. Cook worked tirelessly for her clients, leaving no stone unturned and eliminating inopportune surprise. Robbi mastered balancing the right blend of tenacity and aggressiveness while maintaining a determined focus on the best interest of her client. She achieved outstanding results. Robbi is a consummate professional. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking highly effective counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Robbi is a fantastic attorney who handles an array of criminal and juvenile issues. I know Robbi to be compassionate, intelligent, and effective, a winning combination when representing her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robbi is dedicated, smart, hard working, and kind. You will not go wrong in hiring her."
Juvenile law Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Cook is an experienced attorney who handles dependency cases in Alameda County. Ms. Cook brings knowledge, skill and a calm demeanor to the practice of law. These attributes are immensely useful in the high-conflict, emotionally-charged atmosphere of dependency court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Robbi Cook is a good problem solver and an excellent courtroom advocate. She does whatever it takes to get her clients great results."
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