Timothy C. Cook
Tim Cook was born and raised on the fertile lands of the Red River Valley where he quickly learned the values of hard work and a dollar earned. After gracing the doors of three colleges over a period of seven years, Tim earned his undergraduate degree, with highest distinction, from the University of Minnesota in 1980. After a short, but distinguished, period of service with the United States Postal Service, Tim graduated at the top of his class from William Mitchell College of Law in 1984.
Tim’s practice focuses primarily on representing the many and varied players in the construction industry on a wide range of issues. His work includes negotiating contracts, challenging the bid process, securing payment, asserting mechanics’ lien and bond claims, and preparing or defending all types of construction claim-related litigation. Tim also has a broad range of experience in real estate and other commercial transactions and disputes. He is prepared and well capable of going to battle in the courtrooms and arbitration forums for his clients, although his first preference is always to maximize a client’s result while reasonably minimizing their exposure and expense. Toward this end, Tim also serves as a skilled and successful mediator in a wide range of construction, real estate, business, and personal disputes. As an arbitrator, Tim is prepared and willing to make the tough decisions with a reasoned eye focused on the evidence, not on the parties.
Tim carries an AV-rating with Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating for both competency and ethics. He is an adjunct professional of law at William Mitchell College of Law. Tim has been nominated by his peers for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers® in 2004-2006 and 2009-2011. As Tim often says, when he left North Dakota and came to Minnesota many years ago, the average IQ in both states went up. In his spare time, Tim enjoys family, college hockey, music, gardening, camping, and treating people right.
Areas of Practice
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Commercial Construction Claims
- Construction Law
- Fidelity, Guaranty & Surety
- Government Contracts
- Litigation & Appeals
- Mechanics' Liens
- Public Bidding & Procurement Law
- Real Estate
- Residential Defect Claims