MK&C Press Release

April 28, 2017

On April 17th the civil defense litigation firm McGivney & Kluger, P.C. elevated its partner Kerryann M. Cook to the masthead and the name of the firm became McGivney, Kluger & Cook, P.C.   

Ms. Cook has been with the firm for 12 years and is the managing attorney for the firm's large New York City mass tort and class action litigation involving asbestos.  In addition to those duties, Ms. Cook is also responsible for substantial  national accounts and will now take a more active role in crafting strategy, negotiation and assisting in the managing of the firm's national asbestos litigation practice.  

Our partner will continue to serve as a member of the New York City Asbestos Litigation Case Management Committee.  As liaison counsel for active docket cases, she is also a member of the defense medical liaison group.  Ms. Cook is a leader in the insurance defense arena; advising carriers of innovative methods of strategy and resolving matters for significant values.  She has and will continue to be a guest lecturer on the subject of asbestos personal injury claims for the American Conference Institute (ACI), Defense Resource Institute (DRI), Harris Martin and Perrin Conferences.  

Ms. Cook is not only savvy counsel for the insurance community but is passionate in her advocacy for equality.  Ms. Cook  founded the annual Women's Conference at Perrin Conferences for New York City in 2014, empowering and encouraging women to seek leadership roles in the field of litigation. The leadership series is regularly attended by members of the judiciary, insurance industry and private corporations to mentor and encourage young women as litigators and future decision makers at the executive level. She plans on continuing this annual event and will bring similar programs to other cities where the firm operates offices.  A tireless advocate for the LBGTQ community, she will continue to serve in a leadership capacity as co-chair of New York's LGBT Center's annual Women's Event while serving as a member of the Center's Young Leader's Council.     

McGivney, Kluger & Cook, P.C. is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of its trail blazing partner and will continue to expand its national reach by also announcing the opening of new offices in St. Louis, Missouri and Los Angeles, California as of May of 2017.  The firm is at the forefront of developing new, innovative experts and will continue to zealously defend its clients whenever and wherever the need arises.  With the elevation of Kerryann M. Cook and with the opening of new offices, the firm is poised to continue its growth as a leader in the defense of product liability actions throughout the country.  

McGivney & Kluger & Cook, P.C., is a proven national civil defense firm dedicated to the representation of corporate and insurance clients and individuals. Their key practice areas include asbestos litigationtoxic torts/hazardous substances, construction defect, employment and general liability. Over time, the firm has grown from four attorneys in 1994 to a nationwide practice of approximately 100 lawyers serving clients coast to coast from our 11 locations, including New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, California, Missouri and Florida.  More information on the firm, its lawyers, offices and areas of practice can be found at its website,