Cook, Adam W.
Adam W. Cook
Adam W. Cook
  • Partner

Biography

Mr. Cook has extensive experience helping clients with matters involving state and federal contracting, construction, and general litigation.  He has represented several Alaska general contractors and subcontractors.  He has advocated for clients in cases before Alaska state and federal courts, as well as the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.  He has also represented various project owners, including Alaska regional Native corporations and Village corporations.  His construction practice has included matters such as bonding, insurance, contract formation, bid protests, claims, subcontractor disputes, lien enforcement, and termination.

In addition to construction law, Mr. Cook assists clients with more general contract formation and contract-related matters.  He also has more than a decade of experience in Alaska litigation.  Following a six-day trial in June 2016 regarding a failed business venture, a jury returned a verdict awarding Mr. Cook’s client more than $1.2 million. 

Mr. Cook is originally from Anchorage.  He worked for the Alaska State Legislature and as a clerk of the Alaska Superior Court before starting at Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot.

Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 2006
  • University of Dallas
    • B.A. - 2003
    • Honors: Dean's List

Admitted to Practice

  • Alaska
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Practice Areas

Past Positions

  • Alaska State Legislature, Legislative Aide
  • DeCaro, Doran, Siciliano, Gallagher & DeBlasis, LLP

Representative Cases

  • 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)

Published Works

  • 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”