Joseph Timothy Cook | Partner
Joseph Timothy (“Tim”) Cook has extensive experience litigating complex civil cases in numerous jurisdictions. Following graduation from law school, Tim spent six years as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice in both Washington D.C. and San Diego, California, where he defended civil actions against the federal government under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Following his time at the Department of Justice, Tim joined the law firm of Speiser Krause and was responsible for opening their west coast office.
Tim has litigated many commercial airliner product liability cases and has served on numerous plaintiffs’ steering and trial committees. He also has experience trying cases in California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Washington, and Arkansas and has participated in litigation in Thailand, Canada, Columbia, Brazil and Mexico. In February, 1988, Tim had the honor of arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court (Finley v. United States, 490 U.S. 545).
Tim temporarily retired from active practice in 2001 to spend more time with family and volunteering in his community. However, he was inspired to resume his practice in 2009 with the attorneys who formed Hewitt Wolensky.
- George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1972)
- United States Naval Academy (B.S., 1963)
- California State and Federal Courts
- Virginia State and Federal Courts
- District of Columbia Courts
- Supreme Court of the United States
Professional Memberships & Activities
- State Bar of California
- Virginia State Bar (inactive)
- District of Columbia Bar (inactive)
- Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association (President (1997-1998)
Presentations & Publications
Tim has lectured at numerous seminars and conferences, primarily on legal and factual issues arising from aircraft incidents. Tim has also been invited to speak before the ABA Section on Litigation, the ATL Aviation Committee and has addressed the Justice Department of Thailand on punitive damages in the United States. In addition, Tim served as an instructor in trial techniques at the United States Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute from 1976-1979.