Bryson L. Cook

Cook Bryson

Bryson Cook is an experienced business attorney who provides corporate, tax, finance, and transactional advice to public and private company owners and key executives. Bryson uses his experience as a former investment banker in assisting clients with significant transactions, including those involving finance.


Representative Matters

  • Structured the first publicly traded bond issue secured by commercial real estate and developed sale/leaseback programs for the city of Baltimore, the state of Maryland, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, and Johns Hopkins University
  • Represented Marriott International in Host Marriott's conversion to a real estate investment trust (REIT), the sale of the Maryland Jockey Club to Magna Entertainment, and numerous transactions involving Guthy-Renker Corporation, the world's largest infomercial company
  • Experience with and proficient knowledge of corporate governance demonstrated in connection with the restructuring of CareFirst, Inc. and the split up of Meritage, Inc., a rollup of large machine tool distributors
  • Developed unique tax, wealth transfer, succession, and governance structures in the representation of large, privately held businesses, including the creation of a Dutch holding company for a Malaysian billionaire and numerous freeze transactions for wealthy real estate developers and other entrepreneurs




  • J.D. cum laude University of Pennsylvania Law School 1973
  • Order of the Coif, 1973
  • M.B.A. Wharton School of Finance and Commerce 1973
  • A.B. Economics magna cum laude Princeton University 1970

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland


  • The Best Lawyers in America
    • Lawyer of the Year, Tax Law, Baltimore, 2013, 2014, 2019
    • Lawyer of the Year, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Baltimore, 2013
    • Tax Law, 1993 – 2022
    • International Trade and Finance Law, 2003 – 2022
    • Corporate Law, 2006 – 2022
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2008 – 2022
    • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2010 – 2022
  • Chambers USA
    • Senior Statesman, Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions, Maryland, 2017 – 2019
    • Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions (Band 1), Maryland, 2004 – 2016
    • Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions (Band 2), Maryland, 2003
  • Super Lawyers, Maryland, 2008 – 2016, 2018, 2021
  • Legal 500, Domestic Tax: East Coast, 2011
  • Net-Invest Group, Top 15 Lawyers (Named in a poll of members of the Internet-based group that links investors and entrepreneurs)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Peer Review Rated