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Kate Cook
Chair, Government Law Group

Kate R. Cook

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617.227.3030
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Kate Cook
Chair, Government Law Group
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Kate advises clients in all aspects of government and election law. She helps government bodies and private entities 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 and draws upon her unique experience as a trusted legal and policy advisor and litigator to public officials at all levels of state and city government. Before joining Sugarman Rogers, she served as chief legal counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick. In that role she advised the Governor and executive branch on legal, regulatory, and policy matters, and worked on a wide-range of issues including judicial appointments, clemency decisions, and legislative and regulatory initiatives. She also has experience as the General Counsel to Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee and as an Assistant Corporation Counsel to the City of Boston.

Kate has an active pro bono practice focusing on civil rights and civil liberties. 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 of Massachusetts on issues ranging from separation of church and state, reproductive freedom, and open government.

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Memberships
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  • Boston Bar Association (Kate has served in many leadership roles and committees including: co-chair of the Civil Rights Civil Liberties Section, member of the COVID-19 Crisis Response Working Group, BBA appointee to Massachusetts Legislature Corrections Spending Committee,member of the Criminal Justice Reform Working Group, and member of the Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid.)
  • Inner-City Weightlifting Advisory Council (Member, 2017-Present)
  • Democratic National Convention Rules Committee (2020)
  • Treasurer’s Liquor Licensing Task Force (2017)
  • Women’s Bar Foundation Board of Trustees (Trustee, 2005-2016; President, 2012)
  • Women’s Lunch Place Board of Directors (2014-Present)
Honors
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  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer, Constitutional 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)
Prior Experience
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  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Governor Chief Legal Counsel
  • Massachusetts Senate Ways & Means Committee, General Counsel
  • City of Boston, Assistant Corporate Counsel