David L. Cook, Managing Partner
Certified Family Law Attorney
Representing Clients in Mansfield,
Arlington, and North Texas
A seasoned Litigator and dedicated Public Servant, David L. Cook’s professional and community service roots date back to his teenage years. He developed a strong interest in law while still in high school, and was also interested in public service. He learned that a large number of State Legislators were also attorneys. As he began college, he firmly believed having knowledge of one (law) would help him with the other (Public Service). Today, David is actively engaged in the pursuit of both of his passions. He’s the leader of Harris Cook’s daily operations, a prominent Family and Business Law attorney and he was elected into the Texas House of Representatives in 2020. He was also the Mayor of Mansfield from 2008-2020.
David was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1997, following his graduation from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, which is now known as Texas A&M University School of Law. He completed his undergraduate work at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he received a degree in Public Administration. He’s since become one of the most sought-after Family Law attorneys in Tarrant County, a specialty in which he’s Board Certified. Within that discipline, he specializes in cases that involve Complex Division of Assets or Contested Child Custody matters, and often finds himself representing business owners.
Areas of Practice
I felt very comfortable and assured that David had my best interest in mind. He was very knowledgable and confident. He was also very clear about what to expect and I never felt like I was out there on my own.
I deal with many different attorneys across the US in many different regional markets in my professional practice in a different area of law. We all know there are good and bad lawyers that offer thier services. In my opinion and professional experience David Cook is a great lawyer.
A rare and exceptional characteristic of David’s approach is the fact that he makes sure he thoroughly understands the details of your situation and is always fully prepared to tackle a case.
I’ve been extremely impressed with his level of integrity and commitment to the community. David proved to be all that I thought he would be as an exceptional attorney, that I wouldn’t hesitate recommending to my family and friends.
Because of his hard work, working knowledge of law, understanding of business and negotiation skills we were able to save our company and avoid court.
I retained David to represent me during my divorce. David was a valuable advocate for my interest. Without a doubt, I would recommend David to any friend I have. I deal with attorneys on a regular basis in my professional career. I believe he is one of the best attorneys in Tarrant County.
David has been my personal attorney for a number of years. He and his staff have handled a variety of matters, all to a successful conclusion.
Dealing with legal matters is stressful, especially in family matters where emotions are so involved. Having David Cook as my attorney made the experience the best that it could be.
David first represented me in a complex divorce proceeding 7 years ago. David has also represented me in business matters, and estate planning efforts. His approach was consistent and he always demonstrated thorough knowledge on each topic. We achieved the desired outcome in every situation.
David cared to always put my needs first and has the skill set to help me achieve those needs.
Certified Legal Specialties
Board Certified, Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2008
Re Certified, 2013
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2001
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law now known as Texas A & M Law School – Juris Doctorate – 1996
Certified Mediator (T.W.U. School of Law)
Certified Family Law Mediator (T.W.U. School of Law)
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas Bachelor of Arts – 1992 Major: Public Administration – Minor: 1) Management 2) Administrative Law
Activities and Honors:
-Pi Sigma Alpha National Policital Science Honor Society
-Order of Omega National Greek Honor Society
-Three-and-a-half Year Graduate
-Dean’s List for Five Semesters
-Pi Kappa Alpha Social Fraternity, Vice President
Professional Associations and Memberships
-U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, Member
-State Bar of Texas, Member
-Tarrant County Bar Association, Member
-Arlington Bar Association, Member
-Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, Member
-Denton County Bar Association, Member
-Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, Barrister
-Texas Family Law Foundation Member, Lifetime Member
-Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Member
-Southeast Republican Club, Vice President
-Arlington Republican Club, Member
-Arlington Republican Women’s Club, Associate Member
-Reagan Legacy Republican Women, Associate Member
-Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Member
-Collaborative Lawyers of Arlington & Mansfield (CALM), Member
Univ. of Tex. at Arlington v. Williams, No. 02-12-00425-CV, 2013 Tex. App. LEXIS 3985, 2013 WL 1234878 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Mar. 28, 2013, pet. filed)
In re. Lewis, 357 S.W.3d 396 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2012) (orig. proceeding)
Milner v. Milner, 360 S.W.3d 519 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2010, pet. granted) aff’d in part on other grounds, 361 S.W.3d 615 (Tex. 2012)
In re M.I.L., No. 02-08-00349-CV, Tex. App. LEXIS 4645, 2009 WL 1740066 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Jun. 18, 2009, no pet.) (mem. op.)
A.J. Morris, M.D., P.A. v. De Lage Landen Fin. Servs., No. 02-06-00430-CV, Tex. App. LEXIS 457, 2009 WL 161065 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Jan. 22, 2009, no pet.) (mem. op.)
Wass v. City of Denton Mun. Ct., No. 02-07-0082-CV, Tex. App. LEXIS 9740, 2007 WL 4371355 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Dec. 13, 2007, no pet.) (mem. op.)
Williams v. LifeCare Hosps. of N. Tex., L.P., 207 S.W.3d 828 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2006, no pet.)
Barron v. Vanier, 190 S.W.3d 841 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2006, no pet.)
In re A.S.M., 172 S.W.3d 710 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2005, no pet.)
Lee v. Lee, 158 S.W.3d 612 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2005, no pet.)
Representative Cases Cont.
In re. Bowen, No. 02-03-00338-CV, Tex. App. LEXIS 2521, 2004 WL 541174 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Mar. 18, 2004, no pet.)(orig. proceeding) (mem. op.)
Kuehler v. The Bank, No. 10-03-00162-CV, Tex. App. LEXIS 7262, 2003 WL 21998971 (Tex. App.—Waco Aug. 20, 2003, no pet.) (per curiam) (mem. op.)
In re T.D.C., 91 S.W.3d 865 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2002, pet. denied) (op. on reh’g)
Armstrong v. Steppes Apartments, Ltd., 57 S.W.3d 37 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2001, pet. denied) cert. denied, 536 U.S. 951 (2002)
Huntress v. McGrath, 946 S.W.2d 480 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 1997) (orig. proceeding)
-Guest Speaker, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, 2011
-Mayor – Presentations, Municipal, 2008 – Present
Positions, Honors & Awards
-Best Attorney, Mansfield News Mirror , 2010 – 2017
-Top Attorney, Fort Worth Texas Magazine, 2009 – 2017
-Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers-Martindale-Hubble, 2013 -2017
-Best of Readers’ Choice, Living Magazine, 2016, 2017
-Best Local Government Official, Mansfield News Mirror, 2015-2017
-Delegate at Republican Senate District 10 and State Conventions, Credentials Committee (2014), 2010-Present
-SD10 and State Delegate, 2011, 2014, 2016
-Southeast Tarrant Transportation Partnership, Chairman, Vice Chairman, & Board of Directors, 2013-Present
-Texas Top Attorney – Legal Leaders Top Rated Lawyers, 2013, 2014
-Texas Top Rated Lawyers – ALM, Martindale-Hubble, 2013-2016
-Texas Top AV Rated Lawyer – Martindale Hubble, 2013-2017
-Salvation Army Advisory Council, Chairman
-Salvation Army North Texas Youth Education Town, Advisory Council
-Richard Gershon Leadership Award, 2011
-Guest Speaker-New Frontiers in Marital Property Law Course 2011
-Mayor, City of Mansfield, 2008-Present
-Tarrant County Mayor’s Council, 2008-Present
-Mansfield Cares, Board of Directors, 2006-Present
-40 Under 40 Award Recipient, Fort Worth Business Press, 2011
-Our Community, Our Kids, Steering Meeting
-Campaign Treasurer, State Senator Chris Harris
-Campaign Treasurer, State Representative Barbara Nash
-Campaign Treasurer, Chris Harris for State Senate
-Finance Chairman, Chris Harris Governor for a Day
-Reclaim House District 93, Committee Chairman
-Co-Chairman, Tom Wilder for District Clerk Campaign
-Campaign Volunteer, John Cornyn for Attorney General
– Mansfield Churches FOR the City
-Feed the Kids for summer Program, 2014-Present
-Co-Authored Strategies for Family Law in Texas: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Recent Legal Trends, Implementing Creative Strategies, and Overcoming Common Challenges (Inside the Minds), 2014
-Run With Heart, Steering Committee Member, Half Marathon Participant
-Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, Member
-Mansfield Historical Society, Lifetime Member
-Walk MS: National MS Society Race Participant
-Anderson, Cook, Harris Community Christmas Project, Board of Directors, 2004-Present
-Mansfield ISD Strategic Planning Committee, Member
-Love Helps Ministries, Organizer
-Tarrant County Speedway Challenge, Participant for the Benefit of Cook Children’s Hospital
-Mansfield Soccer Association, Coach (5+ years)
-Mansfield Youth Basketball, Commissioner, Coach (5+ years)
-Mansfield Fire, Select Girls Basketball, Manager, Coach (6+ years)