Discovery with Timothy C. Cook

Tim Cook on pizza, mediation and everything in-between

Published in 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers — August 2017

My nickname is … The Top Cat.

I can’t go a day without … my medications.

If you were in my office, you’d … enjoy the wildly tasteful but rather inexpensive artwork.

My colleagues would be surprised to know that … not long ago, I moonlighted as a pizza delivery specialist.

The lawyer I most admire is … my brother Mike. A war horse extraordinaire. 

The quality I most like in a lawyer is … the ability to both recognize and respect the lines of battle. 

My pre-trial routine is … puking in the shower. I’m getting better.

My career high point (so far) has been … slaying a dragon for a little old lady in need.   

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … Timmy Vaselino, pizza delivery boy.

I almost quit the law because … greater satisfaction lies in turning the soil. 

The SCOTUS justice I’d like to meet is …  Harry Blackmun.

The SCOTUS decision I’d overturn is … Citizens United

A different practice area that intrigues me is … policing crooked attorneys. 

I can’t believe more people haven’t read … my annual Christmas letter.

I can do a pretty good impersonation of …  Sad Sack, my comic book hero.

The talent I wish I had is … being able to put the biscuit in the basket. While on hockey skates. 

The most fascinating person I have ever met is … Miss Linda, the love of my life.  

On my best day I … brim with love and forgiveness. 

On my worst day I … still brim with love and forgiveness.

The craziest thing I witnessed in a courtroom is … some lawyer coming out of chambers and telling everyone to rise. And they did.

The movie line I quote most often is … “and you feel shame,” from Slap Shot.

I wish I had invented … the cheese grater.

If I had a morning show, my co-host would be … Alix Kendall.

The last TV show I binge-watched was … The Rifleman.

Nothing cheers me up like … smoking the peace pipe with litigants settling at mediation.

My guilty pleasure is … eating a block of cheese.

If I won the lottery I’d … have $20 million.

The most annoying thing about my job is … asking people to pay me for what I do.

My courtroom walk-up song would be …  “Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley.”

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