Adam W. Cook
Mr. Cook is one of the top construction attorneys in the state of Alaska. He has extensive experience representing clients in matters involving construction, engineering, federal contracting, and general litigation. He represents builders, designers, owners, and other parties in projects across Alaska and in the Lower 48.
Legal matters involving construction and engineering can be diverse and complex. Mr. Cook has represented clients in matters involving project bidding, protests, bonding, insurance, contract formation, claims, lien enforcement, and termination. He has represented clients in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Cook has extensive experience with claims litigation. He represented a general contractor in a dispute involving expansion of the Port of Alaska. More recently, in 2021 he successfully defended a contractor owned by an Alaska Regional Native Corporation at trial in federal court in a dispute over claim entitlement. In 2022 he won a jury trial in Alaska Superior Court following a dispute involving residential property development, with a verdict awarding his client more than $1 million. He regularly handles cases involving allegations of defective engineering or design.
In addition to assisting clients with construction and engineering matters, Mr. Cook has taught at seminars involving construction law and has written on issues such as insurance, bonding, and equitable adjustments. He is a member of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska, the Anchorage Home Builders Association, and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. He is also a lifelong Alaskan. Before entering private practice, he worked for the Alaska Legislature and the Alaska Superior Court.
- Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
- University of Dallas
- Honors: Dean's List
Admitted to Practice
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- Alaska State Legislature, Legislative Aide
- DeCaro, Doran, Siciliano, Gallagher & DeBlasis, LLP
- Doyon Utilities, LLC v, United States, U.S. Court of Federal Claims No. 19-199 C (2019) (appeal of denial of contractor claim)
- Lee Baker, Jr. v. Kenneth Duffus, Supreme Court of the State of Alaska, S-16427 (2017) (verdict for plaintiff following jury trial over failed property development company)
- Pacifica Marine, Inc. v. State of Alaska DNR, et al., 356 P.3d 780 (Alaska 2015) (appeal of DNR decision regarding results of auction of land leases for gold mining)
- LB Stone Properties, LLC v. Municipality of Anchorage, Municipality of Anchorage Zoning Board of Examiners and Appeals, Case 2014-0201 (appeal of zoning variance determination)
- Appeal of AmerescoSolutions, Inc., No. 56811 (ASBCA 2009), 2012, ASBCA
- Appeal of Alaska Aerospace Corporation, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals Case No. 59794 (2015-106) (appeal of disallowance of contractor costs)
- Northern Lights Renewables, LLC v. Alaska Dept. of Transportation and Public Facilities, OAH No. 12-1323-PRO (contractor state-level bid protest)
- Author, “Challenges on the Horizon in the Admissibility of Computer ‘Testimony’,” SideBAR, the Newsletter of the Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association, Summer 2011
Classes & Seminars
- Anchorage Chamber of Commerce: Chamber Academy, December 12, 2018 “Legal Trends Affecting Anchorage Small Businesses”
- American Institute of Architects Ninth Annual Alaska Construction Law Seminar, November 8, 2016 “Alaska Construction Insurance Developments”
- Alaska Municipal Attorneys Association Annual Meeting, November 15, 2016 “Alaska Insurance: A Municipal Perspective”