Hugh Cook

Hugh Cook graduated from the University of California at Riverside with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in political science. He attended law school at the San Francisco School of Law. After law school graduation, he worked in the areas of criminal law, employment, personal injury, and environmental law at the Marin County District Attorney office and for several small Bay Area law firms.

Hugh joined Brayton Purcell as an associate attorney in March 2000. His legal interests include mesothelioma, tobacco, and a variety of personal injury cases. Over the past 13 years at the firm, Hugh has traveled around the country meeting families in their homes in order to advise them of their legal rights against the corporations that disregarded the widely accepted scientific and medical literature regarding the hazards of asbestos in order to make profits.

Hugh also supervises our Investigations Department, which conducts client interviews as well as researches the different brands, manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos products and the contractors that used them. This role allows him to quickly ascertain, through use of a comprehensive jobsite database and staff of skilled investigators, how our clients were exposed to asbestos and who is responsible.  Hugh is recognized nationally for his knowledge of asbestos exposures, and is regularly asked to assist other firms around the country investigate and litigate their cases.

A member of the California bar,  Hugh is also licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He belongs to Public Justice and the Consumer Attorneys of California.  In his spare time enjoys coaching youth baseball and CYO basketball for leagues in Sonoma County as well as spending time with his family. He is married with three boys.

Mr. Cook has dedicated his career to aggressively litigating cases involving work place injuries on behalf of the men and women who helped build and defend our country.


San Francisco Law School, San Francisco, California

  • J.D. – 1999

University of California at Riverside, Riverside, California

  • B.A. - 1993
  • Major: English
  • Minor: Political Science

Professional Associations

  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • Public Justice, Member
  • Marin County Bar Association, Member, Present

Bar Admission

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Current Employment Position

  • Associate

What Our Clients Say

  • Brayton Purcell has done a lot of work for me and I appreciate very much what you’ve done, what everyone has done…Thank you very, very much and I appreciate everything that has been done.
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  • On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for the way your firm handled my late husband’s case. Everyone that I dealt with was courteous, patient, and prompt in responding to my questions and concerns. Thank you very much for the excellent job, and most of all for your support during the process. Your guidance and the resolution to our case has brought closure to a difficult chapter in my life.
  • When The Brayton-Purcell Firm took my case I had almost given up hope of ever getting before a jury. I had a difficult and long standing case and had already been with two firms. Brayton-Purcell attorney Jason Rose worked closely with me, keeping me updated and giving me access to him which gave me a feeling of having someone truly on my side; a feeling that they were putting their whole effort into my case. Just getting this case a court date was an amazing feat. When we went to trial I met Gil Purcell and watched these two work professionally against great odds. They knew what they were doing, knew how to adapt to issues as they came up and all the while helped me hold up. We received a terrific verdict and are now in the appeal process. I have confidence that the Brayton-Purcell appellate team will be as competent and compassionate for me as my trial team was. Coming together with this firm has brought me a sense of confidence and peace that I wasn’t sure I was going to get a chance to feel.
  • I’d like to thank Brayton & Purcell for all the work your firm has done for me. I have asbestosis and without Brayton Purcell representing me the likelihood of getting compensated by asbestos manufacturers and the material suppliers of asbestos products would be zero. The law partners who run the show already know this, but I am going to write it down anyway. Every contact I had with anyone at Brayton Purcell LLP be it phone, fax, email and or personally, I’ve been treated courteously and promptly by your great employees.
  • From my first contact with your firm, I have been treated with respect, compassion, and in a most professional manner. …Nothing will ever take away this pain of loss but the settlement will help provide since I have health problems and am unable to work.
  • Your work has allowed us to continue to live our lives without fear of financial ruin and to be able to plan a future. . .
  • . . .Thank you for all you have done for me and for Bill before he died. You have been so caring. . .