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Kate Cook
Chair, Election Law Group
Chair, Government Law Group

Kate R. Cook


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Chair, Election Law Group
Chair, Government Law Group
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Kate advises clients in all aspects of government and election law. She helps government bodies, public officials, and private entities navigate administrative law, campaign finance, crisis management, constitutional law, conflict of interest law, open meeting law, public records, lobbying, and legislative and regulatory drafting.  Kate also helps candidates and campaigns with all aspects of election law including ballot access, ballot challenges, voter protection, as well as recounts. A seasoned litigator, Kate has tried several cases and appeared before the First Circuit Court of Appeals and Supreme Judicial Court.

Kate is the leader of the firm’s government law and election law practice groups and draws upon her unique experience as a trusted legal and policy advisor and litigator to public officials at all levels of state and city government. Before joining Sugarman Rogers, she served as chief legal counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick. In that role, she advised the Governor and the executive branch on legal, regulatory, and policy matters, and worked on a wide range of issues including judicial appointments, clemency decisions, and legislative and regulatory initiatives. She also has experience as the General Counsel to Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee and as an Assistant Corporation Counsel to the City of Boston. At the City of Boston Kate advised the City of Boston Election Commission on all aspects of election law and represented the Commission in state and federal court.

Kate has an active pro bono practice focusing on civil rights and civil liberties. She recently served as local counsel with NAACP LDF representing amici Harvard students and alumni groups in support of Harvard’s race-conscious admissions. She frequently serves as a cooperating attorney with the ACLU of Massachusetts on issues ranging from separation of church and state, reproductive freedom, and open government.

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  • Boston Bar Association, BBA Executive Committee, BBA Council (Present) (Kate has served in many leadership roles and committees at the BBA)
  • Boston Bar Foundation, Adams Benefit Steering Committee (Present)
  • Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct (Present)
  • ACLU of Massachusetts, Board Member (Present)
  • Inner-City Weightlifting Advisory Council (Member, 2017-Present)
  • Democratic National Convention Rules Committee (2020)
  • Treasurer’s Liquor Licensing Task Force (2017)
  • Women’s Bar Foundation Board of Trustees (Trustee, 2005-2016; President, 2012)
  • Women’s Lunch Place Board of Directors (2014-Present)
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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Civil Rights Law (2021)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Constitutional Law (2018-2020)
  • Selected Participant, Young American Leaders Program, Harvard Business School (2016)
  • Honoree, Top Women of Law, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2014)
  • Honoree, Ten Outstanding Young Leaders, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (2012)
  • Participant, Women’s Bar Association Leadership Initiative (2010)
  • Honoree, Up and Coming Lawyers, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2008)
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  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Governor (Chief Legal Counsel, 2013-2015; Director of Policy & Cabinet Affairs, 2011-2013; Deputy Legal Counsel, 2007-2010)
  • Massachusetts Senate Ways & Means Committee, General Counsel (2010-2011)
  • City of Boston, Assistant Corporate Counsel (2003-2007)
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Morris E. Lasker U.S.D.C. Mass. (2001-2003)