Mediator's Profile


John C. Cook

Business Name: Cook Craig & Francuzenko PLLC

John Cook learned long ago that the true reward of a service profession is the difference you make in the lives of others.  That may be helping a client understand a problem or a contract, negotiating the resolution of a dispute, or handling serious litigation in court.  John carried that same sense of purpose through a decade serving as a mediator in the District of Columbia Superior Court and eleven years as a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

John’s practice emphasizes the representation of executives, employees, and small businesses in employment law matters, including advice and counsel regarding workplace issues and a wide range of other civil litigation matters.

John began his career in the District of Columbia’s Corporation Counsel’s (now Attorney General’s) office. Since then, he has served as a mediator for the District of Columbia Superior Court and as a conciliator for the Fairfax County Circuit Court, has lectured frequently, and has published articles on civil litigation and employment law issues.

John is a recognized leader in the Virginia Employment Law Bar. He is a former member of the Section Council of the Virginia Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and a former chair of the Fairfax County Bar Association’s Employment Law Section.  He is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America (“LCA”) and a member of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association (“NELA”).


  • Certified Mediator for the General District Courts of Virginia, 2021
  • Commonwealth of Virginia, 1995
  • District of Columbia, 1990
  • New York, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1997
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1991


  • The George Washington University, Juris Doctorate. 1988
  • Gettysburg College, Bachelors of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, 1985

Bar Activities

  • Virginia Mediation Network, Member Since: 2022, Board of Directors (2022-Present)
  • Virginia State Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section, Member Since: 1998, Section Council (2009-2014)
  • Fairfax County Bar Association, Employment Law Section, Member Since: 1998, Section Co-Chair (2020-2021) Section Chair (2003-04)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), Member Since: 2013
  • Fairfax County Circuit Court, Former Conciliator
  • District of Columbia Superior Court, Civil Division Mediator (2001-2013)

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