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Daniel N Cook

Divorce and separation Attorney at University Place, WA

4.6   36 reviews

also known as Dan Cook


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A mentor once told me that when you start law school, you do not realize that many of the clients you will serve are coming to see you at the lowest point in their lives.  That has proven to be sage advice.  I have served clients who are charged with a crime, who have just experienced the loss of a loved one, and who are going through a divorce or separation.  I have had the opportunity to help clients through happier times as well, such as adoptions, and sometimes my work involves trying to avoid problems in the future, such as estate planning.  But overall, I understand that most often clients are coming to see me in times of crisis.  A figurative “earthquake” has happened in their lives, and I strive to guide my clients through the recovery process by serving as a zealous and objective legal advocate and counselor.

 

Family Law is a passion for me.  I started my career at a law firm which exclusively handled domestic relations work.  Since then, I have moved to a general practice law firm which has been established in Pierce County for more than 60 years.  This gives me the opportunity to work with other cases outside of Family Law, but I still devote approximately 80% of my practice to domestic relations cases.  I love the interaction with people that Family Law brings and the challenge of problem solving it entails.  Serving  as a Pro Tem Commissioner in the Pierce County Superior Court for four or five days, and sometimes more, each year during the last four years has broadened my perspective and helps me give my clients seasoned advice since I have seen many cases from the "other side" of the bench.  This helps provide advice on probable outcomes should they go to court.  

 

While virtually all cases involve some sort of court appearance by the attorney, most Family Law cases settle without a full contested trial.  I work very hard with clients and opposing counsel or parties to resolve their cases short of trial.  The clients often benefit by keeping their fees lower and controlling the outcome of their case.  I strive to make sure my client is fully educated about their options and there are those cases which cannot settle and strategic advocacy is required all the way through trial.  I enjoy being in the courtroom and am happy to roll up my sleeves and provide you with a spirited representation at trial and even on appeal if necessary.  I have tried many cases over the years at the Superior Court level, and have handled several cases in the Court of Appeals.  I have successfully defended positive and overturned negative outcomes from trial on Appeal.

 

It is also a pleasure to handle certain cases outside of the Family Law context.  I feel it to be a great compliment when clients I have helped in a domestic case return and ask me to assist them in another area of law, providing services which could range from, among other things,  preparing a will, defending them in a civil suit, or drawing up real estate agreements.  

 

I appreciate the opportunity to serve clients with a wide range of legal needs, and I value the trust they place in my counsel and representation.  I look forward to continuing to provide compassionate and vigorous advocacy for many years to come.

Licensed for 19 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/25/2022
State CA
Status Inactive
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/01/2022

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

Contact Daniel

Alliance Law Group PS
5316 Orchard Street W
University Place, WA, 98467

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Kimi | August 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredibly helpful
When i came across Dan i was in a tough position. I was hurt, angry, confused, and thought my options had run out. Thankfully i reached out anyway and he helped me with my case in SO many ways. I will definitely be referring him to others ❤
Posted by Lisa | March 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and professional
Mr. Cook and his staff handled my case with expertise and tenderness. I am so grateful that they represented me during this troubled season in my life. They always had my best interest in sight and they did not disappoint. Every penny was well spent.
Posted by Doris | March 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceeds My Expectations!
On April 2020, during COVID, the Pierce County Court granted me a temporary divorce order. My legal technician then referred me to the Alliance Law Group, with Dan Cook. I consulted with Dan for a series of questions and concerns, that I needed addressed emergently, which were way beyond my scope and a legal tech. I found Dan to be great communicator who listened and his attention to details of the law was unsurpassed. He helped me weigh my options & opinions, with good judgement. I had concerns about my property, assets, spousal support, retirement, etc. He maintains a healthy skepticism, by verifying all information and is open-minded, thinking “outside of the box”. Talking to counsel and obtaining results were remarkable. He has integrity in his work and compassion for his clients. Through Dan’s expertise and years of experience, I highly recommend him. Through my tough and challenging times, I felt rewarded. Thanks, Dan and Ursula - Doris J.
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Posted by Jeanne | August 2, 2020
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A superb advocate and advisor.
Dan Cook is a sharp, thoughtful, intelligent attorney who was absolutely the best advocate I could have had while navigating through a painful divorce. He explained each step to me, offered me options and answered all my questions. He stayed in constant contact with me and always communicated effectively. Above all, he is a very kind person who understands your vulnerability as a client. He and his assistant Ursula have been very supportive and professional. I doubt there is another family law attorney who can offer the caliber of service I received from Mr. Cook. (And you know what? He is just a really nice person.)
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Posted by Kristina | April 1, 2020
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Best lawyer I've ever worked with
Dan went above and beyond helping me with a relocation with my kids. Even now a year later he is quick to answer questions I have had. I appreciate his expertise and genuine care for his clients.
Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Daniel and his team were amazing to work with from the first phone call to the close of my case. Any time I had questions or concerns, he made sure I understood what was going on and what was being filed. His knowledge and guidance were exceptional and I highly recommend his firm to anyone looking for an attorney.
Posted by Erik | January 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome Lawyer
Dan handled my divorce case recently. He is a very dedicated and professional lawyer with a personal touch. Many times I reached out before and after my divorce and he or his assistant promptly got back to me. He even gave me his personal cell phone to contact after office hours. Dan is my first choice for any future legal situations either for myself or family and friends. I highly recommend his services for family law.
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Posted by Aaron | December 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce Lawyer
Mr. Cook was excellent to deal with. I would highly recommend his services. Communication with him and his assistant Ursula was fantastic. Dan made this process easy and I thank him for this.
Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Intelligent, Kind, and Trustworthy
My case was very frustrating. Mr. Cook listened to my fears and addressed each one. He explained the costs associated with my choices and helped me weigh the pros and cons. I was happy with the outcome. Hopefully I won't need a family lawyer again, but if I do, it will be Daniel Cook.
Posted by Lynne | June 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Dan Cook is an amazing divorce attorney. He was able to take over my case after I had spent a year with another attorney, who was unable to get my divorce finalized. He quickly reviewed the information he was forwarded from my prior attorney. Within less than six months my divorce was final. Dan was well prepared for the negotiation process, so it was not necessary for me to go to court. I could not have had a better outcome, as far as getting my share from the marriage. My only regret is that I didn't call Dan Cook when I began the divorce process.
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Posted by Doug | June 23, 2016
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Couldn't of ask for anything better
Not only was Dan professional but also treated myself and my son like part of the family. He had a tall task to get me custody of my son at the age of 2, but after numerous court hearings and meetings I got custody of my son! In a state such as WA that is tough for any single father. I could call him anytime day or night, home or at work and he would be there to help me no matter what. If it was not for Mr. Cook and his staff I don't know where I would be at today in a custody battle. I owe EVERYTHING to this man and couldn't be any happier with his services!!!
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Posted by Jason Shipman | April 28, 2016
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BEST lawyer ever
I feel like he saved my sons life! Dan was understanding of my situation. He was flexible with payments and considerate. He had an amazing memory about both my children's lives. He was my attorney for several long years. I don't feel like at any point he dragged things out to increase the cost of my legal expenses. He's like a lucky penny doesn't matter how you find it somehow it helped you. When I was frustrated he explained things and in the end got me custody of my son.
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Posted by Amado | April 26, 2016
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Called around and didn't find the right fit until I called them!
Very helpful, patient, and informative. Always reachable, and constantly kept me updated regarding my case proceedings. They are fair, honest, and quick. Would recommend to anyone in need of legal assistance.
Posted by Meg | November 10, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond
Dan represented me through five years of divorce trial, appeal and hearings. He and his support staff believed in and supported my case from day one. Dan's expert legal advice resulted in winning my case and was life changing for me and for my family. His passion for his work and compassion for his clients is a winning combination.
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Posted by Billy | November 3, 2015
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Amazing attorney
Very professional, honest and doesn't set false expectations. He does well in court and presents a strong case with logic and fact. Has a great understanding of family law. I would refer all of my family and friends to Dan and if I need another attorney he is by far my first choice and I highly recommend you speak with him.
Posted by Kristen | June 5, 2015
Great Lawyer to work with
Dan Cook was and is currently still amazing to work with. I am in a different state and I feel like my communication with Dan and Sally have always been amazing. I hear back in a timely manner and I love that Dan is completely honest and upfront with you. Everything Dan has said he would do he has done and Sally does a great job in listening to the problems and giving me answers. They are both just great people to work with and have made this difficult and annoying time in my life so much easier!
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Posted by Paula | June 5, 2015
Look no farther for the service you deserve! By: Paula Nichols
Of all the decisions I have made in my life, choosing Mr. Dan Cook as my attorney, is one of the best. He is a bulldog, going that extra mile willingly for his clients. I am impressed with the staff he surrounds himself with as well, very knowledgeable and professional. He worked very hard to get me the very best outcome and is still following up to continue to ensure that I am informed. I highly recommend his service. I have been treated with the utmost respect and always feel like I am a priority even though I moved to TN after retaining his service, I am always informed of all that is happening with my case. I have only the highest regard for Mr. Cook and his staff!
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Posted by Jake | February 18, 2015
Excellent Family Law Lawyer in Lakewood Washington
We were referred to the law firm Faubion, Reeder Fraley & Cook P.S. in Lakewood by a colleague. I couldn't be happier. After hiring Daniel Cook for an ongoing custody matter spanning multiple states and multiple years, we were able to secure the outcome we had hoped for while being represented in a top notch fashion. I would recommend Daniel's Family Laws services to anyone I know going through a custody or divorce situation. Candor in legal situations is valuable. Daniel will not lead you on and tell you you have a case when you don't. You can rest assured you will have professional representation with competence, agility and peace of mind accompanied with ease of communication with their staff. Thanks again guys!
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Posted by Brad | January 24, 2015
Excellent Service and Results!!!!
Dan did an awesome job for me in my divorce proceedings! He always was on top of the issues, had a quick and agreeable solution, and ALWAYS ALWAYS delivered what he had discussed!!! I know that Dan is undoubtedly one of the best divorce attorneys in Pierce County! I would also like to mention that his Legal Assistant was also very judicious in providing me with the current status and details! I will definitely recommend him to anyone that I know that may be seeking divorce representation!! GREAT JOB!!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2014
Smart, quick, compassionate, highly recommend
I came to Dan Cook for a second opinion. Even though I had another lawyer for my divorce/custody, I came to him for a second opinion. He went above and beyond my expectations. I owe him a thousands thank you's! Dan is quick to nuances of the case, fine attention to details that I did not realize, able to communicate very well with me and other professionals, I would definitely hire him. He is honest as well. He didn't try to steal me from my other attorney. He was highly referred to me by a friend who won his custody case.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 260-280 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Pro-Tempore Commissioners/Judges
  • Superior Court Pierce County
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Lutz Law Offices, PS
  • 2004 - 2009

Education

  • Oak Brook College of Law & Gov't Policy
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • Diane Dumond And Greg Dumond, Appellants V. Vietnamese Baptist Church Of Tacoma, Et Al., Respondents
  • Successful appeal.

Associations

  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • TPCBA Family Law Section Meeting
  • Considerations for Calculating Income of Business Owners for Child Support
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (28)
Given (41)
Endorse Daniel
Family Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan Cook is a formidable opponent in the courtroom, yet professional and courteous. He is very well respected by his colleagues in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Dan Cook has an amazing ability to aggressively advocate his client's position with a disarming demeanor that takes his effectiveness to another level. This allows Dan to get great results for his clients in litigation or in settlement discussions."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been referring clients to Dan for a long time now. He has consistently demonstrated a high degree of legal skill as well as humanity and decency in our shared field of Family Law. That balance is refreshing. Dan is a real gentleman."
Family Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cook is an attorney who seeks to achieve real results instead of simply racking up litigation costs. He represents his clients vigorously and is extremely knowledgeable and competent."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan is very effective in representing his client's interests. He has a level headed and thoughtful approach to litigation that makes him an invaluable asset to any family law case."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan worked for me before he was a lawyer while studying to become one. After passing the bar he continued working for me for five years. In all this time Dan was a hard work, honest and competent attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Dan for many years. He has been on the other side of several of my cases. He is always very thorough and prepared. I have enjoyed his professionalism."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child support Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Daniel Cook is friendly and professional, but also can balance that with competent, zealous advocacy for his clients."
Family Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Dan is an outstanding attorney. He is able to balance being a strong advocate for his clients, while at the same time remaining professional, ethical, and honest in his dealings with the court and opposing counsel/parties. Dan is always quick to respond to phone calls and emails and is a true pleasure to work with. I would recommend him to anyone."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dan and I have worked together as colleagues in the same office and as opposing counsel. Dan demonstrates a high degree of professionalism and integrity in his practice. When he is opposing counsel on a matter, I know that I am dealing with a trustworthy opponent who will work to negotiate a settlement, if possible, but who will aggressively advocate for his client. I certainly would recommend him for anyone seeking a knowledgeable, reasonable and reputable family law attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cook operates professionally and with great diligence for his clients."
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