Attorney Deborah Cook has a lifetime of experience helping families. Deborah Cook is a skilled listener, creative problem solver and competent legal counselor. “I am a proponent for my clients to make their life decisions based on the realities that they face, personally and legally,” says Deborah. Open communication, honest negotiation and knowledge in the law are the ingredients necessary to resolve family matters before going to court. The state of Florida has been a national leader in the concept of mediation and dispute resolution. Deborah Cook embraced mediation from the beginnings of Florida adopting principles of Dispute Resolution.
Helping people to find their common ground and practice self determination has always been her passion. Deborah Cook is Florida Supreme Court Certified as a Family Mediator since 1990, and is Florida Supreme Court certified as a Circuit Civil and Foreclosure Mediator as well. If the court system is the most effective way to resolve an ongoing dispute, Deborah Cook is a zealous advocate for her client. “It is important to me that my client has a voice in the outcome of their family dispute. I take extra care to prepare my client to be an active participant.”
Deborah Cook has a deep respect for the practice of law. She is a member of the Florida Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida and Central Florida Family Law American Inn of Court. Deborah is particularly proud of the pro bono work she contributes to the Legal Aid Society in marital disputes and guardian ad litem programs offered by the Orange County Bar Association. Deborah Cook received her JD degree after 27 years as a Marriage and Family Counselor. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work and Counseling, practicing as a family therapist, adoption counselor and administrator in several faith based counselling centers. She plays an active role in her church and community including the Christian Service Center and Boy Scouts of America. She lives in the center of Orlando with her husband Tom, and has three grown children