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Cok, Michael D. Information

Cok, Michael D.
The Carnegie Library Bulding 35 North Bozeman Avenue Bozeman, MT
Phone: (406) 587-4445
Fax: (406) 587-9465
Website: http://www.cokwheatlaw.com

SUMMARY

Current Employment Position(s)

Partner

Lawyer Overview

After graduating from law school and being admitted to the State Bar of Montana, Mr.Cok joined the firm of Drysdale, Mclean, Screnar and Cok in Bozeman. While with the Drysdale firm, Mr.Cok began work as a general practitioner and gradually changed the focus of his practice to litigation. In 1981 he founded the firm of Cok and Wheat with Michael E. Wheat. Mr.Cok's practice has evolved over time and is limited to a trial practice representing individuals in claims regarding products liability (unsafe products); brain and spinal injuries; medical malpractice; personal injury; insurance claims/bad faith; aviation accidents; nursing home neglect; and claims involving large scale environmental and toxic pollution. Mr.Cok has also assisted other attorneys and courts around the state as a mediator.

Mr.Cok is married to the former Kathleen Triemstra. They have two daughters, two sons and two grandchildren.

Mr.Cok is a long-term member of the Board of Directors of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association where he has served on several committees. He has been an officer and was President in the years 1998-1999. He presently serves on its Education Committee. Mr.Cok is currently a member of the faculty for the University of Montana School of Law Trial Advocacy School. He is a member of the University of Montana School of Law Development Committee and a board member of the Montana Justice Foundation. In addition to his various bar-related activities, Mr.Cok has volunteered his time and effort on behalf of the Manhattan Christian School, Manhattan, Montana, serving as a member of its Board of Directors for nine years and its President for three years. Mr.Cok attends church at the Bozeman Christian Reformed Church in Bozeman.

Areas of Practice

  • Unsafe Products
  • Brain and Spinal Injuries
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance Claims/Bad Faith
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Nursing Home Neglect
  • Personal Injury
  • Large Scale Environmental and Toxic Pollution
85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

West Practice Categories

Environmental Law, Elder Law, Health & Health Care Law, Insurance Law, Bad Faith, Litigation & Appeals, Personal Injury -- Defense, Aviation Accidents -- Defense, Personal Injury -- Plaintiff, Products Liability Law, Medical Malpractice

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 1978
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2005
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1981

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Montana Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA), 1989 - Present (Member, Board of Directors)
  • Montana Trial Lawyers Association, 1998 - 1999 (President)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) (Member)
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TPLJ) (Member)
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG) (Member)
  • State Bar of Montana (Member)
  • Gallatin County Bar Association, 1997 - 1998 (President)
  • American Judicature Society (Member)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) (Member)
  • Montana Justice Foundation, 2004 (Board Member)
  • University of Montana School of Law School Development, 2001 - Present (Member)
  • State Bar of Montana Mentor Program (Volunteer)
  • Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys (Member)
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (Lawyer Representative/Delegate)

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America (Naifeh and Smith)
  • Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, Rated "AV" (Highest Rating)

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, Whose Money is it Anyhow? Subrogation by ERISA Plans, Medical Insurers, Workers' Compensation Plans, Medicaid and Others, Insurance Law: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Montana Trial Lawyers Association Spring Seminar, April 8, 2005
  • Faculty Member, 17th Advanced Trial Advocacy Program, University of Montana School of Law, 2004 - 2005
  • Speaker, Litigating Your Workplace Injury Product Liability Case, With Travis W. Kinzler, Montana Trial Lawyers Association, January 31, 2003
  • Speaker, Bucking Horse CLE General Practice, Making and Defending Claims Under Federal Tort Claims Act, State Law, 1983 Actions, Governmental Liability in Zoning and Land Use Planning, May 17, 2002
  • Speaker, Current Issues for State Lawyers, Negotiations Importance and Method, Montana Attorney General's Office, December 14, 2000
  • Speaker, Anatomy of a Tort Case, Settlement Mediation, Montana Trial Lawyers Association, January 29, 1999
  • Speaker, Rookie Camp, State Bar of Mantana, 1998 - 2001
  • Speaker, Recurring Litigation Problems and Recommendations for Change, Exchange of Experts, and Trial Diplomacy, Montana Trial Lawyers Association, September 24, 1998
  • Lecturer, Introduction to Bussiness Law, Montana State University, 1998
  • Speaker, Montana Litigating Wrongful Discharge Cases, Wrongful Termination: Some Pretrial Considerations from the Plaintiffs Perspective, Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1987

Past Employment Positions

  • Drysdale, Mclean, Screnar and Cok

Education

  • University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana, 1978
    J.D.
    Honors: With Honors
  • Montana State University, 1974
    B.A.
    Major: Political Science