Discovery with Kimberly A. Cook
Kimberly Cook on family law, oversharing and all things Beyoncé
Published in 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers magazine
on January 24, 2019
Updated on October 3, 2019
I can’t go a day without … listening to Beyoncé.
If you were in my office, you’d … be surrounded by pink walls and colored notepads. The pop of color helps brighten my mood even on the toughest of days.
My colleagues would be surprised to know … nothing. I am an open book, so there is likely nothing they don’t know! #oversharer
When I was a newbie lawyer I … cried a lot. Family practice can be tough, and it took me awhile to learn how to manage my emotions and not take things personally.
My pre-trial routine is … make a to-do list and follow it to the letter.
When I started, I wish I knew … that you can’t help everyone even if you would like to.
If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … an entertainment reporter or a co-host on The Talk.
When I win a case, I celebrate by … cranking up Beyoncé and having a solo dance party in my office.
I can’t believe more people haven’t read … An American Marriage.
My fictional hero is … Okoye, a character from Marvel Comics.
My real-life heroes are … my parents—they are real-life superheroes.
The talent I wish I had is …. any type of talent would be great—I’m not picky!
The most fascinating person I ever met is … my grandmother. She is an amazing person and has lived a fascinating life.
I get angry when … people play legal games in order to cause delay, frustration and increase litigation costs.
My motto is … be kind because you don’t know what someone is going through.
The craziest thing I witnessed in a courtroom is … a pro se litigant throwing a temper tantrum which rivaled any 2-year-old temper tantrum I have ever seen.
The three people I’d invite to dinner are … Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Star Jones.
I wish I had invented … the artificial Christmas tree!
My favorite podcast is … Rants and Randomness with Luvvie Ajayi.
The last TV show I binge-watched was … Insecure.
My guilty pleasure is … shopping for holiday decorations.
My favorite word is … “seriously!”
If I won the lottery I’d … throw away every coat, hat, scarf, glove or any other winter accessory and move to Jamaica.
The question I wish people would stop asking is … ‘What’s it like for your husband, being married to a divorce attorney?’ I don’t know—ask him. But if the real question is, ‘What’s it like being married to Kimberly Cook?’ then the answer is ‘Amazing!’