Sue Cook is a member of the Woods Rogers Business and Corporate Law, Trusts and Estates, Intellectual Property, and Real Estate and Land Use sections. Her corporate practice concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, commercial financing transactions, business formation and licensure, contract negotiation and drafting, and trademark filings and enforcement.

Sue specializes in providing estate planning services, including advising and preparing necessary agreements to facilitate smooth business succession planning, drafting wills and trust agreements structured to reduce unnecessary costs and delay in the distribution of assets, as well as preparing personal planning items such as medical directives and powers of attorney. Sue also assists clients with the administration of estates and trust funds.

Sue has litigation experience regarding matters involving business tort actions, real property interests, and trust administration fiduciary obligations.

A native of Chesapeake, Va., Sue graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Virginia Tech with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology. While at Virginia Tech, Sue served as the Vice Chair of the Commission on Student Affairs, President of the Panhellenic Council, and received the A. Alan Baird Award for her outstanding leadership to the residential life community.

She received her law degree from William & Mary Law School, where she was a member of the Journal for Women and the Law, a teaching assistant for a first-year doctrinal course, and the recipient of the T.C. Clarke Law Fellowship, a scholarship award based on collegiate and professional achievements made prior to entering law school. In addition, Sue served as the Student Bar Association Community Service Chair, and participated in the Federal Tax Clinic, Elder Law Clinic, Domestic Violence Clinic, and Family Law Clinic, representing clients who lacked the means to obtain representation elsewhere.

Sue began her career at Woods Rogers as a summer associate in 2015 and returned to the firm as an associate in 2016. Prior to joining Woods Rogers, and while in law school, Sue interned for the Honorable David J. Novak, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, and also served as the pro se judicial intern for the Eastern District of Virginia. She is a member of the firm’s summer associate program committee. In her spare time, Sue manages the Woods Rogers softball team.

In the community, Sue serves as Vice President of the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Marketing Chair for the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, and is the Vice Chair of the Corporate Sponsorship Committee for the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association. She also volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia.

Sue’s hobbies include hiking with her husband and two dogs, restoring their 1925 Craftsman style home and 1976 Boston Whaler (that was once her father’s), celebrating holidays, and traveling with family.

Affiliations

American Bar Association

Roanoke Bar Association

Roanoke Valley Estate Planning Council

Virginia Bar Association

Thought Leadership

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