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Lawyer , state chief judge

Lawrence Henry Cooke, American lawyer, former state chief judge. Bar: New York 1939.


Cooke, Lawrence Henry was born on October 15, 1914 in Monticello, New York, United States. Son of George L. and Mary (Pond) Cooke.


Bachelor of Science cum laude, Georgetown University, 1935. Bachelor of Laws, Union University, 1938. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Union University, 1975.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Siena College, 1964. Doctor of Laws (honorary), New York Law School, 1979. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Brooklyn Law School, 1980.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Pace University, 1980. Doctor of Laws (honorary), New York Law School, 1981. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Syracuse University, 1985.


Worked at Couch, White, Brenner, Howard & Feigenbaum, LLP (Albany, NY) specializing in Administrative and General Civil Practice before all Federal and State Courts and Administrative Agencies. Automotive Law; Construction. Surety; Energy Law; Environmental Law.

Commercial; Real Estate. Probate and Bankruptcy Litigation. Appellate Practice; Labor.

Health Care; Government Relations. Trusts; Estate Planning and Administration. Federal and New York Taxation.

Internal Revenue Service Practice. Admitted to the bar, 1939, New York and United States. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Co-Author: "The State of the Nation's State Courts. An Overview of the Issues," National Law Journal, March 19, 1984. Chief Judge, State of New York, 1979-1984.

Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals, 1975-1978. Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department, 1969-1974. Supreme Court Trial Justice, 1962-1968.

Sullivan County Judge, 1954-1961. Chairman, Sullivan County Board of Supervisors, 1947-1948. Supervisor, Town of Thompson, 1946-1949.

President, National Center for State Courts, 1982-1983. Chairman, National Conference of Chief Justices, 1982-1983. Member: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Sullivan County, New York State (Chairman, Young Lawyers Section, 1945) and American Bar Associations. Institute for Judicial Administration. American Judicature Society (Member, Board of Directors, 1987-1991).

Couch, White, Brenner, Howard & Feigenbaum is a law firm that reflects the needs of an extensive business clientele. The Firm's practice includes substantial work in the following areas: electricity and natural gas. Cogeneration; health care.

Commercial litigation including antitrust and products liability. Government relations. Construction law; automotive law.

Commercial transactions and private client services.


  • Bar: New York 1939.


Supervisor Town of Thompson, New York, 1946-1949. Chairman Sullivan County Board Supervisors, 1947-1948. Board visitors School Law Fordham University, since 1987.

Board directors State Justice Institute, 1986-1988. Formerly chair local district Boy Scouts American, Monticello district American Red Cross, Monticello March of Dimes, Sullivan County United Fund Drive, Monticello Catholic Charities Drive. Honorary chair Sullivan County Association Retarded Citizens.

Former trustee Ethelbert Crawford Memorial Library. Board directors St. Joseph's Sanatorium, Sullivan County History Society, Sullivan County Cerebral Palsy Assn. Member education board New York State Bar Foundation, 1985-1995, State Court Commentary, Albany Law School, since 1990, Government Law and Policy Journal, New York State Bar Association, since 1990.

Fellow American Bar Association Foundation. Member American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association (past chairman young lawyers section, Gold medal 1985), Association of Bar of City of New York, Albany County Bar Association, New York State Women's Bar Association (honorary), Sullivan County Bar Association (president), American Law Institute, American Judicature Society (board directors 1987-1990), National Center for State Courts (Distinguished Service award 1987), Rockland County Magistrates' Association (Distinguished Service award 1987). President Hudson Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association, 1965-1966, Sullivan County Volunteer Fireman's Association, Monticillo Fire Department.


Married Alice McCormack, November 25, 1939. Children– Edward M., George L., II, Mary L. Cooke Opie.

George L. Cooke

Mary (Pond) Cooke

Alice McCormack

Edward M. Cooke

George L. Cooke

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