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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 on government ethics, administrative law, crisis management, constitutional law, public records, lobbying, campaign finance, election law, municipal law, and legislative and regulatory drafting. Kate also represents government entities in a broad range of litigation matters, and she helps private parties who are in litigation that involves complex issues relating to government agencies and policy.

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 coming to Sugarman Rogers, Kate served as chief legal counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick. She advised the governor’s office 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 business.

Kate’s career also includes municipal-law work for the City of Boston. As an attorney in the city’s Law Department, Kate tried and handled a variety of cases on subjects including election law, civil rights, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and claims under the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act.

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  • Boston Bar Association (Co-Chair, Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Section, 2016-2018; Member, Criminal Justice Reform Working Group, 2017-Present; 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-Present)
  • Women’s Bar Foundation (Trustee, 2005-2016; President, 2012)
  • Women’s Lunch Place (Board Member, 2014-Present)
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  • 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, 2013-2015)
  • Massachusetts Senate Ways & Means Committee (General Counsel, 2010-2011)
  • City of Boston (Assistant Corporate Counsel, 2003-2007)