J. William Cook


Scottsdale Office

8800 East Raintree Drive, Suite 100

Scottsdale, Arizona 85260

Telephone: (602) 954-5605

Facsimile: (602) 954-5606


J. William Cook is a partner in the Scottsdale office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. With a focus on complex business, real estate, and employment-related litigation, Mr. Cook represents both individuals and corporations in various legal matters. He navigates clients through state and federal courts, as well as arbitral tribunals such as the American Arbitration Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and JAMS. 

His expertise lies in restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation, where he provides strategic counsel on employee mobility between competitive businesses. Additionally, Mr. Cook handles employment litigation on behalf of employers, addressing claims of unpaid compensation, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. He also specializes in commercial litigation, including contract disputes, breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and corporate raiding claims. 

Before joining QPWB, Mr. Cook served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, Commercial and Real Estate Litigation Division. In this role, he represented the City of New York and its constituent agencies in government contracts, construction, and real estate litigation. Prior to that, he worked at a regional litigation and management-side labor and employment boutique law firm, where he was a member of the Trade Secrets & Employee Mobility strategic working group and delivered lectures on restrictive covenants in the firm's webinar series. 

In 1994, Mr. Cook earned his Juris Doctor from New York Law School, receiving the American Jurisprudence Award. He completed his undergraduate studies at Vassar College in 1988, earning a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Urban Studies, and obtained a Master's in City Planning (MCP) from the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on Public Policy, Land Use, and Zoning in 1990. 

Licensed to practice law in Arizona, New York, and New Jersey, Mr. Cook is admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  

Mr. Cook is an active member of several legal associations, including the New Jersey State Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL). He also served as a Panel Member of the New York County Democratic Committee's Independent Judicial Screening Panel, Civil Court, in the spring of 2013. 

Areas of Practice

  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Liability
  • General Litigation
  • Labor and Employment
  • Negligent Security
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Residential and Commercial Real Estate Transactions, Litigation and Development – Financial
  • Retail and Hospitality
  • Wrongful Death
  • Workers' Compensation Defense


New York Law School, J.D. (1994)

University of Pennsylvania, M.C.P. (1990)

Vassar College, B.A. cum laude (1988)

Bar Admissions


New York

New Jersey

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