Without whom the business would not run
Marion Cook has been married to Duane since 1980 and has been involved in his law practice for many years. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and is currently responsible for human resources, accounts receivable and accounts payable. Her outside interests are reading and hiking, her grandchildren, and the Stephen Ministry Program at St. John Catholic Church in Georgetown.
Carole is a native Kentuckian who grew up here in Georgetown and currently is our Records Manager as well as Office Manager. She moved to the Washington, DC area shortly after graduating high school, where she worked in a variety of administrative positions including in a high profile law firm near Capitol Hill. Carole has also taken multiple professional courses, and has experience in the development and training of office protocols. She has worked in records management in a variety of positions in the past. She then trained as a medical transcriptionist, moved back to Kentucky, and had her own business for over ten years before joining the staff at Cook and Watkins, PLC in 2013. Carole is also a classically trained pianist, but has played many types of music over the years on various keyboards professionally in several bands, as well as solo performances. She loves the blues, and was once recognized in a reader’s poll as one of Washington, DC’s top blues musicians! She has recently added the concert pedal harp to her collection and occasionally performs harp/cello duets with her husband.
Christine Sawalha joined our staff as a Legal Assistant and Project Manager in August 2019. She comes from Jordan and graduated from Yarmouk University with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages in July 2002, with a liberal arts, modern languages, and French language major, and English literature minor. She worked in Amman, Jordan with the United States Embassy in the Office of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Her administrative work there included managing large technical projects and budgeting. This work involved coordination with the United Nations (UN), Jordanian governmental departments and the Jordan University of Science and Technology. She loves project management, which requires careful attention to detail and deadlines. She is tri-lingual, with fluency in English, French and Arabic. The proud mother of four, Christine is active at St. John Catholic Church here in Georgetown and has a small catering business on the side.