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Duane Cook

Managing Member

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Duane Cook received a degree in economics from the University of North Carolina in 1976 and received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1979. He began his legal career with Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald (now Bingham Greenebaum Doll) in Louisville, was a partner at Brown Todd & Heyburn (now Frost Brown Todd) in Lexington and was a shareholder and managing director of Newberry Hargrove & Rambicure, also in Lexington. Duane had a successful solo practice for 18 years before founding Duane Cook & Associates in 2011, which grew into Cook & Watkins, PLC after an early 2016 merger. Duane represents a variety of businesses and entrepreneurs, including lenders, venture capital firms, manufacturers, developers, attorneys, law firms, and energy producers. His practice includes business litigation, federal and state appeals, sales and acquisitions, and nearly all the legal issues confronting his business clients. Duane has been admitted to the Bars of the Federal Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Circuits, as well as to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.



Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)
University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, Virginia, 1979
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
University of North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina, 1976

Bar Admissions

Kentucky, 1979
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1986
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 1986
U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 2012
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1989
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1997
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 2013
U.S. Supreme Court, 1998


Bankruptcy, Secured Lending, and Collections

Legal Work

Primary Practice Areas

Corporate Litigation
Commercial Lending
Venture Capital
Insurance Law

Representative Clients

Outdoor Venture Corporation
Fox Trot Corporation
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation
CBA, Inc.
Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation

About Duane

Community Involvement

Board of Directors for the Scott/Bourbon Counties Habitat for Humanity.
Active member of Saints Francis and John Catholic Church

Fast Facts

Year Duane Joined the firm:
Duane is an avid golf player and loves to play with his friends and clients whenever he can find the time.

References and representative cases available upon request.