Brian D. Cook
Partner & Louisville Personal Injury Lawyer
Brian D. Cook is a founding member and partner at Bahe Cook Cantley &
Nefzger PLC. He focuses his legal practice on helping people that have
been harmed by the carelessness and poor decisions of others. Brian recognizes
that even when there is an accident, it almost always involved a choice
by an individual or a company to take the less safe path, to cut corners,
or to do what was easier instead of what was safer. When people and companies
make choices like these that are not focused on the safety of others and
those decisions hurt someone else, Brian’s experience helps those
that are hurt to pick up the pieces and try to put their lives back together.
Those efforts to help injured people recover almost always begin by confronting
the people or companies that caused the harm and their insurance companies.
Sometimes things can be worked out, but other times these situations can
become a real battle. Fortunately, these are battles that Brian is able
to wage on behalf of his clients through years of experience, education,
Background & Practice
Brian began his legal career as a corporate and insurance defense litigation
attorney for a large firm in Louisville, Kentucky where he focused on
trucking accidents, catastrophic motor vehicle cases, premises liability
claims, and many other types of injuries. This experience working for
those that caused the harm (and the insurance companies that tried to
protect them) provided him with the tools to help the injured prosecute
their claims effectively. He can now use that experience to anticipate
and head off many of the tactics and strategies used by these companies
and their insurers to the benefit of his clients.
Rather than continuing to protect those that caused harm and help them
dodge responsibility for their poor decisions, Brian and others in the
firm struck out on their own over a decade ago to form a firm that would
dedicate itself to upholding the rights of those that were injured, speaking
for those that could not speak for themselves, and standing up to corporate bullying.
A Reputation for Successful Cases
Today, Brian and the lawyers at BCCN have helped thousands of clients stand
up for themselves.
These cases and others involved settlements and verdicts in the following
amounts that Brian has recovered for his clients.
In all, Brian has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of clients to
help them try to fix the harms they have suffered. In fact, he is a member
of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar
Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of
trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys
who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.
The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 3000
members located throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers
However, whether the case is worth $1,000,000 or $10,000, Brian understands
that every client’s case is the most important case. No exceptions.
Dedicated & Knowledgeable Counsel
Brian has been an early adopter of iPad and other “legal technology”
in the courtroom to help his clients. In fact, he has been asked to speak
at many local, regional, and national seminars (including the Louisville
Bar Association, Kentucky Justice Association, and American Association
for Justice) on the topics of technology in the practice of law, the use
of iPads and other wireless technology in trial and pre-trial setting,
and other methods of digital audio/visual presentation inside and outside of court.
Brian is also active in his community. He currently serves as Chairman
of the Board of Trustees at Louisville Collegiate School, one of the metro
area’s premier JK-12 college preparatory schools. He also supports
other charitable and civic organizations as well, including the Bobby
Petrino Family Foundation, The Healing Place, Kentucky Bar Foundation,
Legal Aid Society, Louisville Science Center, Louisville Zoo, Salvation
Army, Sweet Sleep International, World Wildlife Foundation, and others.
In addition to litigation and trial experience, education has also played
a role in Brian’s ability to help clients recover. He attended law
school at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he earned his Juris
Doctor (J.D.) degree. While there, he served as president of the law school’s
legal fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta. Mr. Cook was also part of a joint-degree
program between the School of Law and School of Theology, and received
a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies (M.T.S.) from Candler School
of Theology while at Emory. Prior to attending law and theology school
Mr. Cook received and dual Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in government
and religion at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.
Brian now lives in Louisville with his wife and two daughters. As a lifelong
resident of Louisville, Kentucky, Brian is dedicated to helping injury
and accident victims in Louisville and around the Commonwealth of Kentucky
obtain justice under the law.