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"Ater Wynne is filled with TALENTED PEOPLE who want to make a difference in the lives of our clients and their businesses.  We have the depth of practice area experience it takes to be true advisors to our clients."

– Ernie Bootsma, Partner

Nena Cook

Partner

Nena Cook is a trial attorney with over 25 years of experience specializing in complex commercial litigation, appellate law and professional ethics.  Nena represents businesses in state and federal court on matters related to class actions, corporate disputes, estates and trusts, insurance coverage/defense, intellectual property, and real estate.  She is also a frequent speaker and writer on the topics of professionalism, ethics and employment law.

Each year since 2006, when the Super Lawyers program began in Oregon, Nena has been named an Oregon Super Lawyer® in the area of Business Litigation.  In 2009 and 2012, she was included in the list of Oregon’s Top 25 Women Super Lawyers.  Benchmark Litigation lists Nena as a Litigation Star in 2016 and 2017.  She has been selected to the Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Litigation – Labor and Employment Law from 2011 through 2016.  In 2005, she was selected by Willamette Week as one of the 50 most influential women in Portland.  In 2004, she was named by the Oregon Business Magazine as one of the top five female business leaders in the State of Oregon.  In 2002, she was honored by the Portland Business Journal as one of the “Forty under 40” people recognized for outstanding leadership in business and civic affairs.  Nena has earned the preeminent AV designation by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards, for 25 years.

Professional Experience

Education

Admitted to Practice

Professional Activities

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Representative Publications

  • “Documentation, Discipline & Discharge,” BOLI Annual Employment Law Conference
  • “Navigate Changing Employment Laws,” BOLI Annual Employment Law Conference
  • “How to Prevent Employment Litigation,” BOLI Annual Employment Law Conference
  • “Current Issues in Employment Law,” BOLI Annual Employment Law Conference
  • “Summons,” Civil Litigation Manual, Oregon State Bar
  • “Temporary Restraining Orders and Preliminary Injunctions,” Civil Litigation Manual, Oregon State Bar
  • “Injunctive Relief,” Civil Litigation Manual, Oregon State Bar

Representative Presentations

  • Job Applicant Screening, Oregon State Bar
  • Oregon Pleadings and Parties: Tips and Traps for the Unwary, Oregon State Bar
  • Summary Judgment Tips for Avoiding Admissibility Pitfalls, Oregon Law Institute
  • Motions Against Pleadings/Motions to Amend, Oregon State Bar
  • Convocation on Equality, Oregon State Bar
  • 50 Tips and Strategies for Businesses, Oregon State Bar
  • Negotiation Ethics, Professional Liability Fund
  • Employment Law Update, Oregon State Bar
  • Annual Employment Law Conference, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
  • ADA Amendments Act, Oregon State Bar
  • Discipline, Documentation & Discharge, Oregon State Bar
  • Navigating ADA, FMLA & Workers Compensation, The Seminar Group
  • How to Prevent Employment Litigation
  • Hot Topics in Employment Law, Oregon State Bar
  • Annual Employment Law Seminar, Sussman Shank LLP
  • Professionalism, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Ethics in 18 Holes, Oregon State Bar
  • Employment Law Update, Oregon Economic & Business Forum
  • Employment Law CLE, Oregon State Bar

Honors

  • Listed as a 2016 Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2016)
  • Selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of Litigation – Labor and Employment Law (2011-2015)
  • Named to the Oregon Super Lawyers list in the category of Business Litigation (2006-2014)
  • Included in the list of Oregon’s Top 25 Women Super Lawyers (2009 and 2012)
  • Voted by Portland area lawyers as “Best of the Bar” in the category of Litigation and Dispute Resolution (2005)
  • Selected by Willamette Week as one of the 50 most influential women in Portland (2005)
  • Named by Oregon Business Magazine as one of the top five female business leaders in the State of Oregon (2004)
  • Honored by the Portland Business Journal as one of the “Forty under 40” people recognized for outstanding leadership in business and civic affairs (2002)

Personal Interests

  • Nena was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and is the proud mother of two children.  She enjoys all outdoor activities and volunteering at her sons’ school.