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David M. Cook

Service Date: January 2, 2021
Interment Info: Linnemann Funeral Home Crematory
Service Info: David M. Cook
Service Info

David M. Cook, 67, of Cincinnati, OH, passed away on December 14th, 2020.  David left us knowing that he was loved and having found peace in his future with God.

David’s two greatest loves in life were his work and his children. For over 40 years, David devoted his professional career to giving voice, counsel, and representation to those persons in pursuit of social and economic justice as an attorney in Cincinnati, OH. He served the ABA in multiple capacities related to Labor and Employee Benefits Law and was a Charter Fellow of the American College of Employment Benefits Council and a Fellow of the College of Employment and Labor Lawyers.

He was immensely proud of his children, Elizabeth & Forrest, their accomplishments, careers, and the families they have created. His one wish was to become a grandfather and he was able to virtually meet his two infant grandsons before his passing.

He dedicated his life to serving others, whether it be through his work representing Union employees, serving the Episcipal Church, and through his involvement in various community organizations.

He will be greatly missed in the Labor Law field, by his community, and by his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Elizabeth Walda (Kirk) and Forrest Cook (Leigh), his grandsons, Percy Cook and Dean Walda, and his siblings, Arthur Cook and Alicia Cook.

A memorial service will be held virtually through the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer on Saturday, January 2nd at 11am EST. Link to access services are below.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati or the Southern Poverty Law Center, and demonstrate your love for others by wearing a mask.

Memorial Service Link:

11:00 am

David M. Cook


Linnemann Funeral Home Crematory

Address: 30 Commonwealth Avenue Erlanger, KY - Kentucky 41018
12:00 am - 12:00 am

David M. Cook


Deepest Sympathy

I remember Dave as an all-around great guy and classmate from law school. Although I did not have the opportunity to know him well in the years since, I know that his loss is huge to his beloved family. You have my deepest sympathy. Peggy Wood Dewan

ABA Friends

Forrest and Elizabeth, I was privileged to attend today’s memorial service for my friend David. I knew David through our mutual involvement in the American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Committee and its Union-Employee Caucus. The service was also attended by Joel D’Alba and Mike Posner from the Section and the Caucus. Joel and Mike are union lawyers; I am an employee lawyer, representing employees. David was an active member of our Section, especially its Employee Benefits Committee. I can say, based on almost 40 years experience in the Section, that David was one of the most universally liked and respected members of our Section. I always looked forward to seeing him and talking with him at Section events. He was a good, honorable, and nice man, as well as a great lawyer and bar leader.. I shall miss him. May his memory bless you two – and your spouses and children. Wayne N. Outten, [email protected]


I am so deeply saddened to hear about David’s passing. He and I spoke on and off several times earlier this year and he has been such a great friend to me after the passing of my father and his law partner, Sorrell Logothetis, three years ago. I have David’s tribute in the ABA Journal to my dad on my wall next to my office desk. I deeply respected David for the same reasons I respected my own father, their passion for the law and determination and will on behalf of their clients was unparalleled. I know from speaking to him earlier this year that he was very excited to become a grandfather and I was very happy to read that he was able to at least see his two grandchildren before his untimely passing. He will be missed very much, I will never forgot how he was there for me when my father passed away and the beautiful eulogy he gave at his funeral. May this wonderful man rest in peace.

Jennifer Brown

In memory of a friend –

My sincerest sympathies to all of Dave’s family and close friends. I was a law school classmate of Dave’s and saw him occasionally after that.
I remember him very well as a warm and passionate man. What he believed, he believed strongly and he was straightforward and honest about it. He was always willing to act and help whenever needed. Quite literally, everything about Dave was large – his smile, his personality, and his heart. He was admired by so many of his classmates – not just those who were his closest friends – an admiration that continued through the years of his practice. We will miss him, so we can appreciate how much more you all will. My deepest sympathies.
Dale Vitale

With sincere sympathy

Our sincere condolences to the entire Cook family
Joanne & Jack Lindy