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Kate Cook
Chair, Government Law Group

Kate R. Cook


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Kate Cook
Chair, Government Law Group
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Kate advises public- and private-sector clients in all aspects of government and election law. She helps clients navigate administrative law, campaign finance, crisis management, constitutional law, government ethics, public records, lobbying, and legislative and regulatory drafting.  Kate also helps candidates and campaigns with all aspects of election law from getting on the ballot, defending ballot challenges, as well as recounts. A seasoned litigator, Kate has tried several cases and appeared before the First Circuit Court of Appeals and Supreme Judicial Court.

Kate is the leader of the firm’s Government Law Practice Group. Her experience and skills as a legal advisor and as a litigator in high-profile, complex matters is unmatched. She works with clients to demystify the sometimes-daunting subject of compliance with federal, state and local government law.

Before joining Sugarman Rogers, Kate served as chief legal counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick. She advised the Governor and executive branch on legal, regulatory, and policy matters, and worked on a wide range of issues affecting the citizens of Massachusetts, including judicial appointments, clemency decisions, response to the opiate crisis, and regulatory reforms to support small businesses.  Kate also has experience as the General Counsel to the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee, and as an Assistant Corporation Counsel to the City of Boston.

Additionally, Kate has an active public interest and pro bono practice. She is currently serving as local counsel with NAACP LDF representing amici Harvard students and alumni groups in support of Harvard’s race conscious admissions. She frequently serves as a cooperating attorney with the ACLU, and submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the ACLU in the Supreme Judicial Court arguing against taxpayer dollars funding active churches.

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  • Boston Bar Association (Corrections Spending Commission, 2020-Present; Member, Nominating Committee, 2019; Chair, Free Speech Program Series, 2019; Member, Steering Committee, 2019; Co-Chair, Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Section, 2016-2018; Member, Criminal Justice Reform Working Group, 2017; Member, Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid, 2013-2014)
  • Inner-City Weightlifting Advisory Council (Member, 2017-Present)
  • Treasurer’s Alcohol Task Force (Member, 2017)
  • Women’s Bar Foundation (Trustee, 2005-2016; President, 2012)
  • Women’s Lunch Place (Board Member, 2014-Present)
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  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer, Government Law
  • Selected Participant, Young American Leaders Program, Harvard Business School (2016)
  • Honoree, Top Women of Law, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2014)
  • Honoree, Ten Outstanding Young Leaders, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (2012)
  • Participant, Women’s Bar Association Leadership Initiative (2010)
  • Honoree, Up and Coming Lawyers, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2008)
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  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Governor (Chief Legal Counsel, 2013-2015)
  • Massachusetts Senate Ways & Means Committee (General Counsel, 2010-2011)
  • City of Boston (Assistant Corporate Counsel, 2003-2007)