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John M. Cook


Tysons Corner Office
8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 900
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
Phone: (703) 847-6300
Fax: (703) 847-6312

Representative Experience
Mr. Cook’s practice concentrates on all phases of commercial litigation. He has been involved in dispute resolution through negotiation, various alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediations and arbitrations, trials at administrative tribunals, and in federal and state courts. He has particular expertise with regard to the presentation and litigation of complex construction matters. Mr.  Cook has participated in the representation of major national and international contractors, as well as local contractors on a wide variety of construction issues. He has also participated in the representation of owners involved in construction projects, ranging from large national corporations to Virginia local governments.  Like the clients served, the construction projects have ranged from large to small, including national, multi-million dollar projects such as food processing plants, a federal courthouse, a copper refinery, a light rail transit system, and a cogeneration plant, as well as local roadway construction and building renovation projects.

Mr. Cook also works extensively as Project Counsel to large industrial construction projects. In this capacity, Mr. Cook has represented owners in planning and building a refinery, a boiler, a sugar mill, and an acid plant.  The advice and counsel provided includes evaluating potential project delivery systems, drafting contract forms, planning insurance coverage, selecting contractors, establishing project procedures and resolving project disputes as they arise.

Mr. Cook serves each client in an efficient and effective manner, attending to all the needs of any construction matter from dispute avoidance to dispute resolution. The matters he has worked on have included redrafting standard form contracts, negotiating contracts, overseeing the construction process, negotiating disputes, and handling litigation. His litigation practice has involved extensive motions practice, document discovery, depositions, claim analysis, expert analysis and case presentations involving multiple fact and expert witnesses.

Mr. Cook was formerly an instructor on Contract Claims at the George Washington University Law School Government Contracts Program. He has also spoken on a variety of construction issues, including a panel discussion on insurance issues at the 2004 Construction Superconference and a presentation on extra-contractual damages in ADR at the April 2005 ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Conference.

Mr. Cook also has extensive experience in the litigation of commercial matters and the presentation and litigation of bid protests and other actions related to the procurement of government contracts.


The American University, Washington College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1993)
Haverford College (B.A., Political Science, 1990).

Professional Licenses

Admitted to Practice:
Commonwealth of Virginia, 1993
District of Columbia, 1995
Faculty Member, George Washington University Law School, Government Contracts Program, 1999 to 2003.


Co-author: Chapter 23, “Obtaining Time Extensions” in Construction Law Handbook, edited by Cushman & Myers (Aspen Publishing 2008); Co-author: Construction Law (Chapter 26, Handbook for Local Government Attorneys, July 1996); Contributor: Construction Law and Public Contract News (Virginia State Bar Publication); Author and Editor: The Securities Enforcement Remedies and Penny Stock Reform Act of 1990: The Cost of Flexibility (6 Admin. L.J.Am.U. 359, 1992)

Professional Memberships

Virginia State Bar; District of Columbia Bar; American Bar Association (Sections on: Public Contract Law; Litigation); Associated Builders & Contractors (Associate Member); National Contract Management Association (NCMA); Chairman, NCMA Construction Special Topic Committee; Local Government Attorneys of Virginia; The Order of Barristers

Representative Matters

Construction claims, including delay, disruption, inefficiency and acceleration elements, as well as cost issues involving Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and DCAA audits.

Contract negotiation and review for contractors, subcontractors and owners.

Project Counsel for various industrial construction projects.

ICC International Court of Arbitration related to a TNT production plant.

Building design defect issues, including complex engineering and scheduling issues in a default termination setting.

Construction of industrial facilities, including food-grade processing plants (orange juice processing and sugar refinery), power plants, and acid plants.

Construction claims related to a Combined Sewer Overflow ("CSO") project.

Bid protests involving international service contracts and technology contracts.

Experience in various forms of dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation before federal courts, state courts and administrative tribunals