Edmund Cooke

Edmund D. Cooke, Jr. practices in the areas of labor and employment law, including Diversity Compliance, Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action advice and counsel. He counsels and represents employers on a wide array of employment issues such as Title VII (sex, race, and other discrimination), The Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Mr. Cooke managed teams of attorneys, paralegals and data specialists to complete comprehensive audits and assessments of corporate and government agency diversity and employment policies, practices and procedures. This involved coordinating the development and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative information as well as the development of policies and systems to correct identified deficiencies.

He served for more than eight years as Counsel to committees of the U.S. House of Representatives. In his various capacities, he consulted with bi-partisan and bi-cameral congressional committees and legislative staff, leading the oversight of all federal agencies that impacted employment discrimination and civil rights policy and regulation. He also served as Chief Legislative Assistant to Congressman Harold Washington.

Prior to his tenure with the U.S. Congress, he argued cases in the various U.S. Courts of Appeals on behalf of the Appellate Court Division of the National Labor Relations Board. He served as Special Assistant to the Vice Chair, and subsequently as Deputy Director of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Office of Field Services. He subsequently practiced as an associate with a major U.S. law firm and, more recently, as a partner with several major U.S. law firms.


–District of Columbia
–Michigan (Inactive)


Edmund holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He also has a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He is a former Captain in the U.S. Air Force.



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Representative Matters:

• Financial Service – Developed risk mitigation process for major corporate restructuring and reduction in force for a Fortune 100 financial services company.
• Retail – Conducted risk analysis and overall assessment of diversity initiatives for a leading global retailer.
• Energy – Reviewed business alignment and risk management of diversity initiatives and developed metrics to measure progress for a Global 10 energy company.
• Chemicals/Industrial – Negotiated settlement of two potential class action lawsuits by the EEOC against a Fortune 250 chemical/industrial company.
• Consumer Products – Developed diversity strategy for a Fortune 100 company to avert an impending class action lawsuit and re-energize diversity efforts.
• Manufacturing – Crisis management and development of action plan to address acculturation and training of foreign executives following high profile discrimination lawsuit against a Global 20 manufacturer.
• Industrial Services – Conducted employment and risk analysis for a global industrial services company; negotiated settlement of a class action lawsuit.
• Health Care – Developed diversity strategy for one of the leading health care organizations in the southeast.
• R&D and Manufacturing – Conducted a diversity assessment for a Fortune 100 company to address talent management, succession planning, retention and recruitment.
• Government - Advised large Federal Government agency regarding the development of diversity measurements, diversity metrics and diversity management strategies and systems that would yield sustainable change. [FYI - Department of the Army]
• Government – Completed an audit/assessment of a Federal Government agency’s employment policies and practices; provided advice and counsel regarding the implementation of employment systems; diversity policies and practices and management practices to address the identified deficiencies and concerns. [FYI - National Archives & Records Admin.]
• Insurance Services - Assisted three (3) Fortune 100 insurance companies to assess their workforce and employment policies and practices and to implement remedial measures to mitigate risk and improve desired employment and diversity related outcomes.