Former Deputy Attorney General of Wisconsin Andrew Cook has vast experience in the areas of government investigations, administrative law, appellate litigation and public policy. Andy splits his time between Orrick’s Washington, D.C., and Seattle offices.
In 2014, Andy was appointed Deputy Attorney General of Wisconsin, the principal legal advisor to Wisconsin Attorney General Brad D. Schimel. As Deputy Attorney General, Andy oversaw the day-to-day operations of the 700 employees at the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ); directed litigation strategy; negotiated, reviewed, and approved settlements; drafted and reviewed attorney general opinions; managed the agency’s budget; oversaw civil and criminal investigations handled by DOJ; and managed DOJ’s legislative agenda.
Andy has advised Fortune 500 companies involving state Attorney General and state regulatory matters, including antitrust investigations, consumer protection cases, and cybersecurity and privacy investigations. Andy also has legislative experience drafting and enacting complex civil liability reforms before the Wisconsin Legislature, including: changes to Wisconsin’s product liability laws; amendments to the Wisconsin Rules of Civil Procedure; adopting Daubert standards for cases tried in Wisconsin involving expert opinion and evidence; eliminating the controversial “risk contribution” theory for lead paint cases created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the 2005 Thomas v. Mallett decision; placing caps on punitive damages; and providing transparency in lawsuits involving asbestos related claims.
Prior to joining Orrick, Andy was an in-house legal counsel for the largest Washington state business association and an appellate attorney for a firm where he practiced land use, environmental and administrative law.