Jonathan Cook Esq.

Jonathan Cook Esq.

Newport, Rhode Island
401-302-3000 (Cell)

Jonathan is one of the most experienced student defense attorneys in the country. He has represented college and university students in more than 150 college and university conduct and academic discipline proceedings and related criminal/civil proceedings. His experience encompasses alleged college and university violations including but not limited to rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, hazing, domestic violence, drug & alcohol charges, disorderly conduct, assault, battery, plagiarism, cheating & academic dishonesty and housing code violations. 

His accomplishments include numerous successful outcomes for clients accused of Title IX campus sexual assault violations at several different universities, as well as aggressive work on behalf of survivors in Title IX campus sexual assault cases. He is an exceptionally well-rounded college student advocate who is equally skilled in the university hearing room, university appeals process, meetings with university administrators and investigators as well as in the criminal courts.

Jonathan is well versed in Title VII, Title IX, FERPA, FOIA and HIPAA, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, and the Clery Act, and applicable Office of Civil Rights regulations and sub-regulations and guidelines under the U.S. Department of Education. 

Professional appearances include guest lectures at George Washington University on national student conduct policies and served as a Title IX CLE Panelist at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s 2017 convention. 


Jonathan spent five years at Washington, D.C. firm Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple, PLLC. At WGW his primary focus was student defense. He secured numerous favorable outcomes for clients accused of campus sexual assault, as well as survivors of sexual assault. Jonathan was also active in the firm’s white collar, whistleblower, corporate and transactional practices.

Jonathan served as a public affairs professional for Porter Novelli's Washington, D.C. office, where he was an integral part of several award winning public relations campaigns. His background in public affairs and media relations enables him to advise his clients beyond immediate legal matters to help protect reputations from harm. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Media Studies from Radford University and is a 2012 graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law where he served on the Moot Court Board and was president of both the Criminal Law Society and the American Constitution Society. Jonathan is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the United States District Court of Eastern Virginia.



Areas of Practice

  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Rape
  • Drug and Alcohol Violations
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Cheating
  • Plagiarism
  • Housing Code Violations
  • Student Defense

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia


  • Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol, Rhode Island
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Moot Court Board
    • Honors: President, Criminal Law Society
    • Honors: President, American Constitution Society
  • Radford University
    • B.S. - 2012
    • Major: Media Studies

Past Employment Positions

  • Porter Novelli's Washington, D.C. Office, Public Affairs Professional
  • Associate at Washington, D.C., firm Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple, PLLC


"Jon’s counsel helped me regain my life. I was facing an unfounded, meritless allegation [Title IX campus sexual assault] in an unfair system with nowhere to turn. Not only that, but I had complaints of my own that I did not even know how to put into words, or how to begin in a farcically skewed proceeding. Although the system in place was not fair, with Jon’s guidance I could prevail and put the transgression against me into action. I do not think I could have faced the proceedings if it were not for Jon’s counsel and support. Jon helped me to help myself seek justice.

Jon cares about his clients. He would often talk during weekends, holidays and even during a family emergency. Jon was there for me during this terrible and chaotic time. Other lawyers may keep their clients in the dark as to strategy and options but Jon is transparent at every step. He is earnest in his consults and will tell you his opinions straight up. Aside from his transparent demeanor, Jon’s tactic to give “marching orders” gave me a sense of agency during the proceeding. Some clients may feel that this is burdensome. But it is quite the opposite. I believe that these “marching orders” afford a client the ability to shape the narrative and allows Jon a handle on the situation from his client’s point of view. This tactic proved invaluable to establish a narrative based on the client’s needs.  

Other than the legal support, Jon went above and beyond in his care of my emotional health. There were many times where I suffered from panic attacks. Jon reacted to this with kindness and care outside of his purview as a legal representative. I gained confidence in my case’s position because Jon was just a phone call or text away. This was something I never expected from a lawyer. But Jon is no ordinary lawyer. Jon understood my financial situation and worked with me to establish a reasonable payment timetable.

I cannot put into words how all of Jon’s care and consideration afforded me to take back my life. He is worth every penny. But his results, his care, and his humanity are priceless. If you are facing a situation where you believe you may need a lawyer, look no further than Jon. This is because you are not just getting a zealous advocate with his services, you are getting a friend who is in your corner of the ring when you may feel alone. You don’t have to be alone. Jon will be there for you."

"I initially contacted Jonathan for a consultation regarding an urgent code of conduct issue involving my son at his university. Not only did Jonathan return my call within an hour, he easily understood our dilemma and offered valuable counsel. As part of the appeal process, we engaged Jonathan to assist with our effort where he provided sound guidance and stayed with us every step of the way. Given the very tight timeline, the amount of information required for the appeal and the overall anxiety we were dealing with, Jonathan was able to quickly pull together a very cohesive and compelling strategy. In the end, we prevailed on the appeal and my son is now in the process of completing his education. I am very pleased with the outcome in large part because of Jonathan."