Expert Witness/Consultant

Mr. James Cook, founder and President of J. Cook Consultants, has provided expert witness/consultant services for a broad range of tree, forest, and conservation cases brought by or against individuals, organizations, and government agencies.  In every case, he has used his knowledge and over 30 years of experience to conduct top-quality, court-accepted investigations and provide unbiased evaluations and opinions.  Methods, data, and conclusions are science based and follow industry standards and practices.  Our clients do not always win, but Cook's credentials and presentations withstand rigorous challenges.

Professional credentials include:

  • BS/Forest Resources Management, University of Georgia
  • Certified Arborist and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ), # NO-MA-5132A: Int’l. Society of Arboriculture
  • Registered (Licensed) Professional Forester: Maryland
  • Certified Natural Resources Expert: American Forestry Association
  • Certified Professional, Maryland Forest Conservation Act: MD Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Technical Service Provider: USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service

Cook has also held Licensed Pest Control Applicator Licenses (Forest, Ornamental & Turf; Aquatic) in MD, GA, and SC and been a Registered Professional Forester in GA, SC, and VA.  He has served as an officer in the Society of American Foresters, and has published urban forestry research.

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Special Bulletin for Personal Injury/Property Damage Attorneys:

Do you handle cases involving trees?  We now have Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) staff.  The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the international organization that promotes the professional practice of arboriculture through research, technology, and education, has developed and presents the new (2013) course and qualification testing.  TRAQ requires other professional-level arboricultural education and experience to take the course, which includes intensive training and a comprehensive test.  The assessments are science based and use standardized methodology and documentation.  TRAQ principles and conclusions are easily understood by laymen, while the qualification builds upon and enhances the arborist’s expert status, and may reduce the probability of a successful testimony/deposition challenge. 

We have expert witness/consultant experience, including testimony and depositions, and appreciate the value of extensive professional-level photo-documentation and interpretation in non-technical terms suited to the general public (ex., jurors).