Suzanne Sweet Cook

100 Medtech Parkway , Suite 110

Johnson City, TN 37604

Phone: (423) 283-6302

Email: sscook@hsdlaw.com

Suzanne Sweet Cook

Practice Emphasis:

  • Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Family Law

Education:

  • B.A., University of Tennessee (1990) (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • M.S., University of Tennessee (1992)
  • J.D., University of Tennessee (1995)

Biography:

Suzanne Sweet Cook is a partner in the firm who practices in the areas of litigation and family law. She has significant jury trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts in Tennessee and Virginia. Her insurance defense practice includes personal injury, premises liability, fraud investigation, and defense, coverage, and general tort litigation. She has served as county attorney pro tempore in municipal government cases.

She concentrates her family law practice in the upper East Tennessee area, representing clients in custody, divorce, support, post-divorce, and adoption matters. Ms. Cook is formerly a Rule 31 Listed General Civil and Family Law Mediator. In litigation and family law matters, she has served in a variety of roles including as a special master, arbitrator, guardian ad Litem, and trustee.

Ms. Cook is an adjunct professor in Trial Practice at the University of Tennessee College of Law. Trial Practice is a simulation course in which students learn the fundamentals and practice the techniques of preparing and presenting a case to a judge or jury, while confronting the ethical questions associated with trial practice. During class, the emphasis is on individual performance and critique. Each student conducts a complete trial at the end of the course.

Professional & Civic Involvement:

  • TN Supreme Court Advisory Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure, member (2009-2016)
  • Washington County Bar Association, former president (2009-2010) and vice president (2008-2009)
  • Tennessee Bar Association, member, former House of Delegates (2001-2008)
  • Tennessee Mock Trial, Coach (2013-2016)
  • Federal Bar Association, Northeast Tennessee Chapter, board of directors, president-elect (2018-present)
  • Tennessee Association of Defense Counsel
  • Virginia State Bar, Member
  • Virginia Association of Defense Counsel, Coverage Section, chair (2010), vice chair (2009)

Awards, Recognitions, Accomplishments:

  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class (2008)
  • The Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia’s
    “Forty Under 40” (2002)
  • The Order of Barristers

Licensures/Admissions:

  • Tennessee, 1995
  • Virginia, 1996
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 1996
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1996

 

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