The Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee on Wednesday announced it has endorsed Birmingham attorney Greg Cook in his race for the open seat on the Alabama Supreme Court in the Republican primary.
“We are indeed fortunate to have such an outstanding candidate with 30 plus years of experience willing to serve the people of Alabama,” said ACJRC Chairman Tom Dart. “He shares our conservative values, a conviction to be fair while upholding the law and a willingness to serve. His credentials and legal experience are unmatched.”
“I’m excited to have the support of ACJRC,” said Cook. “As I have always said, judges should be like neutral umpires – just calling the balls and strikes – not favoring one side over another. We need justices who will follow the law and fairly rule on the cases before the Alabama Supreme Court. That is what I will do.”
“I’m a conservative grounded in principle, who believes a judge is there to apply the law as written,” Cook said. “I think that is what the citizens of Alabama want from their judges and why our campaign is gaining momentum.”
Cook has held numerous positions with the ABA, Alabama and Birmingham Bar. Cook presently serves on the Alabama’s Supreme Court’s Civil Rules Committee and has authored a two-volume treatise, Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure Annotated and two books for the ABA.
ACJRC is an organization of state business trade associations and corporations created in 1985 to fight lawsuit abuse and promote a fair judicial system in Alabama. The organization has led efforts by the business community in passing tort reform bills in the Alabama Legislature, thus strengthening Alabama’s efforts in attracting business and industry and expanding jobs in Alabama. Earlier this year, ACJRC supported legislation to enact legal protections for businesses, non-profits, schools and others from unreasonable litigation involving COVID-19.
Cook is the general counsel for the Alabama Republican Party.
Cook is from Florence, Alabama. After high school, he attended Duke University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and 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 finishing law school, Cook moved back 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 in elections since 1992.
In 2000, he served as a volunteer attorney for the Bush vs. Gore legal battle in Florida, where Cook helped supervise the hand recount of the famous hanging-chad ballots. Locally, he has served on the Jefferson County Republican Steering Committee, Executive Committee and as legal counsel to the Jefferson County GOP for almost two decades. Cook also served on the Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee for almost 15 years including the past 4 years as general counsel for the Alabama Republican Party.
Cook has been married to his wife Kimberly for 33 years. They have three children and attend Dawson Baptist Church where Cook is a deacon and served as a volunteer student minister for over 20 years.
Cook volunteers his time with several local non-profit organizations including the United Way and the Boy Scouts in many different leadership roles including as an officer for the Greater Alabama Council. The Council recently awarded him its highest honor, the Silver Beaver Award.
Cook is running for the Republican nomination for associate justice on the Alabama Supreme Court in 2022. Incumbent Mike Bolin is retiring at the end of this term. Judge Debra Jones is also running for the Republican nomination for the open seat.
The Republican primary will be on May 22, 2022.