I am hardwired to help people, to solve problems, right wrongs, and fight injustice. My job is to bridge the gap between my client’s rights and the systems that secure and enforce those rights. Our firm works tirelessly to get the best possible results for our clients.
Andrea Cook is a native of Long Beach, attended Long Beach Wilson High School and moved to Mammoth Lakes, California, where she raised her two sons and ran a small restaurant for ten years. Returning to Long Beach, Ms. Cook attended college (UCLA, Honors) and then Southwestern University School of Law. Ms. Cook spent a year in Italy, living and working in the unfamiliar environs of an Italian law firm before returning to Long Beach to establish Andrea Cook & Associates in 1994.
Never satisfied with the status quo in her own life and for those around her, Ms. Cook’s practice focuses on securing the rights of women, people of color, and other minorities. In addition, Ms. Cook has represented plaintiffs in severe personal injury cases, obtaining a seven-figure recovery. Also, Cook & Associates has represented individual employers in employment-related matters, always with a mind toward resolving matters in advance of litigation.
Fearless and creative, Ms. Cook quickly gained a reputation for taking cases of first impression, which tested the boundaries of law or offered novel facts. Ms. Cook is familiar with and has litigated in nearly every venue associated with civil rights and employment matters: the California State and Federal Courts, including the state court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Other agencies include the California Labor Commission, the EEOC, Merit Systems Protection Board, and various civil service commissions and administrative venues, which are often pre-cursors to filing in the state of federal courts.