ARTHUR B. COOK has a broadly based real property practice embracing transactions and consulting, litigation and environmental law. In the environmental arena Mr. Cook has deep experience and expertise in matters involving contaminated soils and groundwater, hazardous waste including Federal Superfund litigation, and the defense of toxic torts. In addition to counseling clients in private transactions, Mr. Cook is experienced in proceedings in state and federal courts, including numerous jury trials.
In 1971, Mr. Cook graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He received both a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California in 1975. He was admitted to the California bar in 1975.
Mr. Cook is a member of the Executive Committee of Attorney-Client Mediation and Arbitration Services, Los Angeles County Bar Association; the Litigation and Natural Resources and Energy and Environmental Law Sections of the American Bar Association; and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Mr. Cook formerly served as a member of the Judiciary Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Mr. Cook serverd as Managing Partner from 1996-1997 and 2003-2007.
Business Liability Environmental Consultants
Counseling a Fortune 200 company, assisting the client in overseeing the investigation and remediation by other responsible parties of contaminated land owned by the client. Specific tasks include identification of historically responsible parties and their current successors in liability, research and discovery of evidence of responsibility, and interfacing with environmental consultants and regulators.
Commercial Real Property Acquisitions
Long term represention of a family with a substantial interest in a portfolio of commercial real property with a gross value of half a billion dollars, advising them with respect to acquisitions and divestitures as well as a current reorganization of the portfolio management structure.
Office Property Developer
Long term representation of a build-and-hold developer of office properties, advising the client regarding the voluntary cleanup of contaminated brownfields, obtaining no further action letters so that development may proceed and successfully prosecuting cost recovery actions against responsible parties. Recently, assisting this client in successfully obtaining public financing for a new project when conventional, private financing was unavailable due to the credit crisis.