Owner / Lobbyist
ANDREW C. COOK rejoined Hamilton Consulting Group in 2018 as an owner where he represents clients with a variety of interests before the Wisconsin State Legislature and state agencies. Andy’s unique blend of regulatory, legislative, and legal experience helps clients achieve their objectives before government agencies. His practice focuses on administrative law, civil liability, environmental, and matters before state Attorneys General.
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 nearly 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.
While in Attorney General Schimel’s office, Andy founded the Office of Solicitor General, an elite group of appellate attorneys. Under Andy’s direction, the Solicitor General’s office was instrumental in drafting briefs and declarations to the U.S. Supreme Court that resulted in a stay of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. In addition, the Solicitor General’s office played a key role in drafting briefs in the case challenging EPA’s Waters of the United States rule.
Prior to his work at DOJ, Andy had a significant role at Hamilton Consulting Group in developing Wisconsin legislation during the 2011-12 legislative session in the area of civil liability. Andy helped lead a broad coalition of business groups in passing major civil liability reforms contained in 2011 Wis. Act 2, including: changes to Wisconsin’s product liability laws; adding Daubert standards for cases tried in Wisconsin involving expert opinion and evidence; eliminating the controversial “risk contribution” theory created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the 2005 Thomas v. Mallett decision; placing caps on punitive damages; and reducing frivolous lawsuits by holding parties liable for costs and fees for filing frivolous claims.
Other key legislation that Andy had a role in during the 2011-12 session include:
Andy once again helped lead a coalition of business groups in passing more civil justice reforms during the 2013-14 Wisconsin legislative session. Andy was instrumental in helping enact important legislation providing transparency in lawsuits involving asbestos related claims and helping prevent double-dipping by plaintiffs and their lawyers (2013 Wis. Act 154). In addition, Andy led the effort in helping enact 2014 Wis. Act 105, which also provides transparency and oversight when the State of Wisconsin hires private plaintiffs’ attorneys on a contingency fee basis.
Andy is the Executive Director for the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council, a coalition of business, insurance, and medical groups concerned about civil liability issues. The Wisconsin Civil Justice Council in 2013 was the recipient of the U.S. Chamber of Institute Legal Reform’s “Outstanding Organization” award for its efforts in passing these significant civil justice reforms over the past few years.
Andy has represented a number of clients in the business sector in developing and drafting important regulatory reforms that were included in the 2011 Special Session on Jobs (2011 Wis. Act 21). He has also drafted a number of amicus curiae briefs before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Washington Supreme Court involving environmental and civil liability issues.
Andy received his law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, cum laude, where he co-founded and served as president of the Habitat for Humanity Chapter. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, cum laude. Andy is the founder and past president of the Madison Federalist Society, Lawyers Chapter and is a former board member of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. In his free time, Andy enjoys running, golfing, reading, and most of all, spending time with his wife and two children.
Andrew C. Cook, 2016 Civil Justice Update, Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies, September 2017.
Andrew C. Cook, 2013 Civil Justice Update: Recently Enacted State Reforms and Judicial Challenges, State Courts White Paper (Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies), March 2014.
Andrew C. Cook, 2013 Guide to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Judicial Evaluation, Wisconsin Civil Justice Council, January 2013.
Andrew C. Cook, Tort Reform Update: Recently Enacted Legislative Reforms and State Court Challenges, State Court Docket Watch (Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies), January 2013.
Andrew C. Cook, Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Plaintiffs Entitled to Receive “Phantom Damages,” State Court Docket Watch, (Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies), May 8, 2012, at 1.
Andrew C. Cook & Emily Kelchen, Wisconsin Civil Justice Reforms: A Summary of Watershed Reforms Enacted During the 2011-12 Legislative Session, Wis. Civ. Justice Council, April 11, 2012.
Andrew Cook, Eliminating Phantom Damages- It’s Time to Amend Wisconsin’s Collateral Source Rule, Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal, Spring 2012, at 15.
Andrew C. Cook & Emily Kelchen, State Court Challenges to Legislatively Enacted Tort Reforms, State Courts Project (Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies), Sept. 28, 2011.
Andrew C. Cook & James Hough, 2011 Guide to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Wisconsin Civil Justice Council, January 2011.
Andrew C. Cook, Washington Supreme Court Round-Up: 2007 Highlights, State Court Docket Watch (Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies), Aug. 18, 2008, at 1.
David K. DeWolf, Andrew C. Cook, & Seth L. Cooper, The State of the Washington Supreme Court: A 2008 Update, (Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies), Aug. 6, 2008.
Andrew C. Cook, Washington Supreme Court Upholds Talk Show Hosts’ Right to Free Speech, State Court Docket Watch (Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies), July 23, 2007, at 2.
Andrew C. Cook, Washington Union Fees Law Goes to Supreme Court, State Court Docket Watch, (Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies), March 21, 2007, at 1.
David K. DeWolf, Andrew C. Cook, & Seth L. Cooper, The State of the Washington Supreme Court: A Special Issue Report (Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies), Sept. 29, 2006.
Speaker, American Tort Reform Association, 2013 Legislative Conference for State Coalition Leaders, Nov. 18, 2013.
Speaker, State Bar of Wisconsin, 36th Annual Torts Update, Sept. 12 & 13, 2013.
Speaker, State Bar of Wisconsin, Mining Law Symposium, Aug. 28, 2013.
Speaker, Wisconsin Defense Counsel, 2012 Summer Conference, Aug. 2, 2013.