Attorney Jonathan Cook of Sayer REgan & Thayer, LLP
Jonathan Cook is one of the most experienced education and student defense attorneys in the United States. He has represented students in more than 150 college and university disciplinary proceedings including Title IX sexual misconduct, drugs & alcohol, assault and battery, and academic discipline proceedings and related criminal/civil proceedings. His experience encompasses alleged college and university violations by students and professors, including but not limited to rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, hazing, domestic violence, hacking, drug & alcohol charges, disorderly conduct, assault, battery, plagiarism, cheating & academic dishonesty and housing code violations.
His accomplishments include numerous successful outcomes for clients accused of Title IX campus sexual assault violations at several different universities, as well as aggressive work on behalf of complainants in Title IX campus sexual assault cases. He is an exceptionally well-rounded college student advocate who is equally skilled in the university hearing room, university appeals process, meetings with university administrators and investigators 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, and the Clery Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable Office of Civil Rights guidelines under the U.S. Department of Education.
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 prosecutors. Jonathan secured numerous favorable outcomes for clients accused of campus conduct code violations including sexual assault under Title IX. Jonathan was also active in the firm’s criminal, white collar, whistleblower, corporate and transactional practices.
Professional appearances include guest lectures at George Washington University on student conduct policies and served as Title IX CLE Panelist at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s 2017 convention.
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 holds a B.S. in Media Studies from Radford University and 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, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States District Courts of Eastern and Western Virginia, with pending application to the Rhode Island Bar pursuant to Rule 2(a) for attorneys with five or more years of practice and good standing in all active jurisdictions, and in the process of waiving into the Massachusetts Bar.
Title IX attorney who has secured several successful dispositions for the accused (“respondents”) and alleged victims (“complainants”) in Title IX campus sexual assault proceedings NATIONWIDE.
Experienced in preparing and defending students charged with Code of Conduct violations outside of the Title IX purview including theft, fraud, weapons, drugs and alcohol, vandalism, hacking and related cyber crimes; Honor Code, and academic integrity violations including cheating and plagiarism for undergrad and graduate students
Demonstrated the ability to successfully defend students in the University hearing room and throughout the campus conduct appeals process
Experience with communicating and negotiating with University administrators, investigators and criminal courts
Internship for Queen Anne's County Office of the State's Attorney and the Providence Solicitor's Office
Broad experience with many criminal and civil litigation matters
As a successful education and student defense lawyer, Jonathan understands that finding the right attorney to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. Connect with Jonathan to review your college’s code of conduct, walk you through your needs and the scope of your goals.
Jonathan is licensed to practice law in Washington D.C. and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Colleges and universities must allow you to retain the advisor of your choice, including an attorney, in all Title IX sexual misconduct disciplinary proceedings. Outside the above jurisdictions, Jonathan’s assistance is educational advice, and does not constitute legal advice or the practice of law.