Russell L. Cook, Jr. is an experienced trial lawyer that has represented individuals against powerful interests for more than thirty years. In serving his clients throughout Texas and the nation, he has consistently applied hard work, experience, and skill to obtain successful results against some of the largest corporations and companies in the country. Russell’s practice focuses on the representation of individuals in products liability and catastrophic personal injury actions. He is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Law.
Russell developed his skills as a litigator in an era when cases were regularly tried to juries. While he has lost count, he believes to have picked more than 100 juries for trial and tried more than fifty cases to verdict in his career. He has argued before courts throughout Texas and the nation, including before the Fifth Circuit and the Texas Supreme Court. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Russell continues to regularly try cases.
While Russell has tried many cases involving substantial verdicts for his clients, he looks back on three cases as the most significant in his career. The first, Gammage v. Litton Industries, involved a product liability case in which Russell, as a young lawyer, won a substantial verdict for his client. That case involved important issues regarding the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The second, Denny v. Ford Motor Company, was the first case tried successfully against Ford in the country involving the Bronco II sports-utility vehicle and its rollover tendencies. Following the successful verdict, Russell’s client prevailed on appeal. That case is nationally known and is still referred to in law school classes for the significant legal issues raised. In addition, the documents discovered and depositions taken by Russell in his nation-wide Bronco II litigation (including the Denny case) have been used by lawyers all over the country in asserting claims against Ford for design defects. In another case against Ford, Benson v. Ford Motor Company, Russell won an important ruling from a Texas Appellate court involving making various internal documents of Ford open to the public. As a result, various documents involving public safety were made available to the public, including lawyers who utilized such documents in the Ford Explorer rollover litigation.
Russell graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He attended Stanford Law School, graduating in 1972. He has been practicing personal injury trial law in Houston since that time, beginning at a large prestigious firm in Houston and eventually establishing his own firm serving individuals throughout the country. During his early years practicing in Houston, Russell taught briefly as an Adjunct Professor at South Texas School of Law. Since this time, he has spoken at many seminars involving personal injury law in Texas and throughout the United States.
Russell’s current practice involves representing severely injured individuals for their injuries resulting from mesothelioma (a cancer caused by asbestos exposure), trucking accidents, dangerous products, and medical malpractice. At present, Russell continues to represent individuals and now regularly joins his son Scott as of counsel to The Cook Law Firm.