James T. Cook is one of the founding members of the firm, and has been practicing family law since 1974. Jim obtained his B.S. from the University of Missouri and his J.D. from UMKC. Since forming Berkowitz & Cook in 1989, Jim has become one of the foremost divorce lawyers in the Kansas City metro area, known for his aggressive yet courteous courtroom demeanor and his steadfast dedication to the interests of his clients.
Jim is licensed to practice law in both Missouri and Kansas. He is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Eastern Jackson County Bar Association, and the Johnson County Bar Association. Since 1994, Jim has been an active Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, serving terms in the past as President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Missouri Chapter. Jim has also been featured in the Best Lawyers of America publication for over 15 years.
Jim is married and has one grown son, and in addition to his busy family law practice, Jim serves as City Attorney and Prosecutor for the City of Grain Valley, positions he has held since 1976.