Cook & Watkins, PLC, in Kentucky, is pleased to announce that managing member Duane Cook has earned the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell in 2019. Attorneys use the Martindale-Hubbell rankings to evaluate their peers and identify those with the highest level of professional excellence so that they and others can select a lawyer for individual legal services and peer referrals.

This rating is achieved by only the top 10% of attorneys. It demonstrates the measure of respect and trust placed on Mr. Cook by other leaders in the field for ranking him so highly based on his strong legal ability and his high ethical standards. Hallmarks of strong legal ethics include honesty, confidentiality, zealous representation and sound professional judgment.

Mr. Cook’s legal career stretches over four decades, and for each of his clients, he implements the knowledge and professional experience he has gained through the years.

Among those Mr. Cook serves are other attorneys and law firms, as well as a wide range of businesses and entrepreneurs, including manufacturers, energy producers, developers, lenders and venture capital firms. He assists clients in matters of business transactional law, complex corporate litigation, commercial lending, venture capital and insurance law.

Mr. Cook represents clients before state courts in Kentucky and federal courts in Kentucky and Colorado, as well as before a number of federal appeals courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. His successes include million-dollar judgments, appeal reversals and settlements.


*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.