By Sarah Green
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Before John Cook started his legal career in 1979, he explored other fields that existed within the law, such as social work, probation and parole services. The Colorado Springs native struggled to find work after college, when the Vietnam War started to wind down, but eventually gravitated toward becoming a trial lawyer — and a successful one at that.
Today, Cook is the Colorado Springs office managing partner for Hogan Lovells, as well as the co-global chair of the real estate litigation group for the firm. In just the past year alone, he has made tremendous strides that will add to his many successes over his 37-year legal career.
Cook, who has served large clients such as the U.S. Olympic Committee, has been busy this year with other notable Colorado clients. He serves as lead trial counsel for the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado, which has been in the spotlight this year for a land exchange deal with the City of Colorado Springs. The city approved a trade with the hotel for 190-acres of open space, in exchange for other natural spaces. However, after the city was sued Aug. 1 by Save Cheyenne, a group of citizens who opposed the deal, Cook managed to successfully negotiate with the group, resulting in the hotel and the city filing motions to dismiss the action in September and October. The case is currently pending
Cook said he was honored to represent the Broadmoor because his history with the hotel goes back decades. His first experience working for the hotel was as a bellman in the 1970s to pay his way through college.