New England Student Defense


JONATHAN COOK code of conduct attorney

Jonathan Cook of Sayer REgan & Thayer, LLP

Sayer Regan & Thayer, LLP’s (SR&T) New England Student Defense practice, is lead by Jonathan Cook, one of the most experienced professional Title IX and higher education discipline advisors in the United States. He has advised students, staff and educators in more than 150 college and university disciplinary proceedings. As a professional advisor, Jonathan is able to advise students nationwide. Our attorneys at SR&T are licensed to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Should campus matters rise to the level of litigation outside these jurisdictions, Jonathan teams with local counsel, giving clients the best representation by combining his extensive higher education discipline experience and with that of local litigation counsel. See SRT attorney profiles here.

Jonathan spent five years at Washington, D.C. firm, Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple, PLLC. Jonathan helped build WGW’s DC Student Defense practice alongside former top federal sex crime prosecutors. At WGW, Jonathan secured favorable outcomes for clients accused of a wide spectrum of campus conduct code violations in addition to not losing a Title IX case in 2015. Jonathan was also very active in the firm’s criminal, white collar, whistle-blower (qui tam), corporate and transactional practices.

Jonathan’s accomplishments include numerous successful outcomes for clients accused of Title IX campus sexual assault violations, as well as complainants, victims and survivors, at several different universities. He is an exceptionally well-rounded advocate who is equally skilled in independent investigations, in the university hearing room, in the appeals process, at the negotiating table with university administrators as well as in the criminal courts.

Jonathan is well versed in Title VII, Title IX, FERPA, FOIA and HIPAA, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, the Clery Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and applicable Office of Civil Rights guidelines under the U.S. Department of Education. 

Professional appearances include guest lectures at George Washington University on student conduct policies and served as a Title IX CLE Panelist at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s 2017 convention in Washington, D.C., and as a Title IX panelist at the Rhode Island Bar Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting’s workshop, Campus Sexual Misconduct Proceedings: The Litigation and Regulatory Playing field.

Jonathan served as a public affairs professional for Porter Novelli's Washington, D.C. office, where he was an integral part of several award winning public relations campaigns. His background in public affairs and media relations enables him to advise his clients beyond immediate legal matters to help protect reputations from harm. Jonathan is a 2012 graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law where he served on the Moot Court Board and was president of both the Criminal Law Society and the American Constitution Society.

Jonathan is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Virginia, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Jonathan and his family recently relocated from Washington, D.C. to Newport, RI, where Jonathan sat for the July Bar exam, results pending.


Recent successful outcomes secured at: The University of Rhode Island, Simmons University, Tufts University, Connecticut College, Liberty University, and the University of Nevada.