The Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee announced Wednesday that it had supported Birmingham attorney Greg Cook in his race for the open seat on the Alabama Supreme Court in the Republican primary.
“We are truly fortunate to have such an exceptional candidate with over 30 years of experience ready to serve the people of Alabama,” said ACJRC President Tom Dart. “He shares our conservative values, a conviction to be fair while respecting the law and a willingness to serve. His credentials and legal experience are unmatched.
“I am delighted to have the support of the ACJRC,” said Cook. “As I have always said, judges should be like neutral umpires – just calling the balls and the strikes – not favoring one side over the other. We need judges who will follow the law and rule fairly. on Alabama Supreme Court cases, that’s what I’m going to do.
“I am a principled conservative who believes that a judge is there to apply the law as it is written,” Cook said. “I think this is what the citizens of Alabama expect from their judges and why our campaign is growing.”
Cook has held numerous positions with the ABA, Alabama and the Birmingham Bar. Cook currently sits on the Civil Rules Committee of the Alabama Supreme Court and is the author of a two-volume treatise, Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure Annotated, and two books for the ABA.
The ACJRC is an organization of trade associations and Crown corporations established in 1985 to combat prosecution abuse and promote a fair justice system in Alabama. The organization led the efforts of the business community in passing tort reform bills through the Alabama Legislature, further bolstering Alabama’s efforts to attract business and industry and develop jobs in Alabama. Earlier this year, the ACJRC supported legislation to enact legal protections for businesses, nonprofits, schools and others against unreasonable litigation involving COVID-19.
Cook is the general counsel for the Republican Party of Alabama.
Cook is originally from Florence, Alabama. After high school, he attended Duke University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship, then served our country in the Air Force, reaching the rank of captain. In 1988, Cook was admitted to Harvard Law School where he worked on the Federalist Society’s Journal of Law and Public Policy alongside future Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
After completing his law school, Cook returned to Alabama to begin practicing law in Birmingham. Over the next three decades, he established himself as a strong and active member of the Republican Party, volunteering for office since 1992.
In 2000, he served as a volunteer lawyer for the Bush v. Gore legal battle in Florida, where Cook helped oversee the manual recount of famous suspended ballots. Locally, he served on the Jefferson County Republican Steering Committee, Executive Committee, and as legal counsel to the Jefferson County GOP for nearly two decades. Cook also served on the executive committee of the Republican Party of Alabama for almost 15 years, including the last 4 years as general counsel for the Republican Party of Alabama.
Cook has been married to his wife Kimberly for 33 years. They have three children and attend Dawson Baptist Church where Cook serves as a deacon and has been a volunteer student minister for over 20 years.
Cook volunteers with several local nonprofits, including United Way and the Boy Scouts, in a number of leadership roles, including serving as the head of the Greater Alabama Council. The Council recently awarded him its highest honor, the Silver Beaver Award.
Cook is a candidate for the Republican nomination for Associate Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court in 2022. Incumbent Mike Bolin is retiring at the end of his term. Judge Debra Jones is also running for the Republican nomination for the vacant seat.
The Republican primary will take place on May 22, 2022.