Adam W. Cook

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 (J.D., 2006)
Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (M. Div., 2003)
University of Dallas (B.A., 1999)

Admitted to Practice

U.S Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Alaska
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Awards and Honors

Staff Editor, Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy
Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court
Dean’s List, University of Dallas

Presentations

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”
Anchorage Chamber of Commerce: Chamber Academy, December 12, 2018 “Legal Trends Affecting Anchorage Small Businesses”

Publications

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

Other Professional Experience

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

Representative Matters and Selected Clients

Appeal of AmerescoSolutions, Inc., Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals Case No. 56811 (2009-2012) (appeal of general contractor termination for default under federal contract)
Northern Lights Renewables, LLC v. Alaska Dept. of Transportation and Public Facilities, OAH No. 12-1323-PRO (contractor state-level bid protest)
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)
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)