Brian Cook, a senior associate in the firm's Business and Commercial Litigation group, focuses his practice on complex commercial and real estate disputes, particularly in the hospitality and real estate industries. He regularly represents clients in contract disputes arising during the course of hotel management and other service provider relationships, after closing on a variety of transactions, and after the termination of a business relationship, among many others. Mr. Cook also regularly advises clients on disputes related to commercial real estate, including in connection with its development and disposition. Mr. Cook also has significant experience representing clients in a variety of other complex litigation matters, including prosecution and defense of fraud and related claims. In addition, he regularly advises clients on litigation risk and mitigation at the time of contract formation and throughout the contractual term, including by drafting and revising a variety of dispute resolution clauses, assessing the effectiveness and enforcement of existing contractual terms, and identifying potential claims and defenses in connection with business disputes as they arise. Mr. Cook also has significant experience responding to third-party discovery requests and subpoenas in Massachusetts state courts. He joined Goodwin in 2011.

In 2015, Mr. Cook served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County, Massachusetts. In that capacity, he prosecuted felony and misdemeanor crimes, including over a dozen bench and jury trials to final verdict as well as arguing numerous dispositive and evidentiary motions.

While attending law school, Mr. Cook was the Managing Editor of the “Annual Review of Criminal Procedure,” a publication of the Georgetown Law Journal.

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Among his significant matters, Mr. Cook is or was recently:

  • Representing a hospitality client in a variety of disputes arising out of hotel management agreements and hotel development agreements.
  • Advising hospitality and other clients and in the drafting and negotiation of dispute resolution and arbitration clauses, including international arbitration clauses.
  • Representing a land conservation group pro bono in multiple disputes over the issuance of zoning permits for improvements to conservation properties in Massachusetts.
  • Representing a lighting manufacturer in a cross-border dispute arising upon termination of its sales representative.
  • Representing multiple owners and developers of commercial property in connection with actual and potential disputes related to permitting, zoning, boundary, encumbrance, and other real estate issues.
  • Representing a real estate operator and investment manager in the settlement of a partnership dispute.
  • Representing a private equity firm and its portfolio company in a post-closing dispute.
  • Representing a private equity client in several disputes related to an investment property and advising on the marketing and sale of the same property.
  • Representing a pharmaceutical client in a post-closing dispute.
  • Representing an investment company in a dispute concerning the purchase of commercial real estate.
  • Representing an undocumented minor in seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile status and establishing permanent residency, including in proceedings before the Probate and Family Court and the Massachusetts Court of Appeals.






J.D., 2011
Georgetown University Law Center

(cum laude)

B.A., 2005
Yale University





U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
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