Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1991
  • A.B., Georgetown University, 1988

Memberships

  • New York City Bar Association, Judiciary Committee, 2017 - 2020

    Defense Research Institute

    International Bar Association

    Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Product Liability Committee (2 terms)

    New York State Bar Association

    American Bar Association
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Lawrence H. Cooke II

Partner

Lawrence Cooke focuses on complex civil litigation, including product liability, construction disputes, securities, insurance coverage, intellectual property and other commercial matters in federal and state courts.

Lawrence has extensive experience in a variety of product liability and complex commercial and litigation matters. He has represented several clients in jury trials, including an international building technology company.  He has represented defendants in consumer class action litigation.  He has represented companies, directors and officers in a number of high-profile and complex securities class actions and related criminal proceedings.  Lawrence has also assisted with management of national litigation, including coordination and oversight of local and regional counsel.

Significant Matters

  • Represents Takeda Pharmaceuticals in the Actos litigation.  He has prepared expert witnesses for trial testimony, taken and defended expert depositions.
  • Successfully defended an automated systems provider in breach of contract (delay/acceleration and scope) and fraudulent inducement claims resulting in defense verdict after five-week jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  The case involved the installation of state of the art controls for the HVAC systems at the new Terminal 5 at JFK Airport for JetBlue Airways.  The plaintiff, an electrical installation subcontractor, sought approximately $1.7 million for breach of contract and $9.2 million for fraudulent inducement.
  • Represented an international business and technology services company in litigation related to significant technology implementation project.
  • Successfully defended arbitration claim by owner for failure to deliver energy savings in connection with co-generation systems upgrade.  On behalf of energy contractor, made counterclaim for failure to pay fees.  The matter was resolved after more than 5 days of testimony when owner agreed to pay all outstanding fees due.
  • Defended bid protest of award of multi-million dollar contract to upgrade and improve environmental/mechanical systems by New York City Housing Authority.  The court denied the protest and found the award proper.
  • Regularly represents an investment bank in subsequent litigation relating to its opinion engagements.
  • Represents a real estate company and its principals in U. S. Bankruptcy Court adversary proceeding asserting breach of contract and bankruptcy claims. 
  • Represented the nation’s largest non-profit credit counseling company in putative class action litigation in Central District of California alleging violations of various federal and state statutes.
  • Represented Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in the Mirapex litigation.  He served as trial counsel for one of the two bellwether cases tried in 2008 in the MDL.  He also prepared company witnesses and regulatory experts.
  • In August 2008, on behalf of the nation's largest non-profit credit counseling company, Mr. Cooke succeeded in defeating class certification in an action alleging violations of a Georgia consumer protection statute.  The District Court for the Northern District of Georgia held that both named plaintiffs were inadequate to represent the putative class, and that claims for damages under the statute's strict liability provisions were inappropriate for class action treatment.
  • Represents pharmaceutical and medical device companies in product liability litigation arising from medical devices.
  • Previously represented the manufacturer of various childhood vaccines in nationwide product liability litigation.