Cooke Robotham

Our firm is here to assist a wide-range of clients achieve their local, national and/or international goals.

History 01.

Cooke Robotham, an internationally oriented, minority-owned firm was founded to provide solutions to corporate and sovereign clients in order to advance their local and international business strategies.

Specialty 02.

The firm has a distinctive commitment to Africa and the African Diaspora, including within the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Mission 03.

To continually deliver vigorous, innovative representation at a competitive cost.

Effective. Efficient. Innovative.

Cooke Robotham delivers legal services in a manner that is transparent, strategic and practical. We are commited to your success.

Results-driven Counsel

Our primary goal is to anticipate your needs then deliver the best outcomes.

Forward-thinking Lawyers

Experience with start-ups and multinationals, relentlessly pursuing innovative solutions to your complex issues.

Flexible Terms

We offer competitive fee structures and alternative arrangements to fit the needs of your business.

Highest Standards

With an average of 30 years of experience, our skilled attorneys adhere to the highest professional code.

Our Focus

Practice Areas

Our corporate attorneys have substantial experience across a wide range of practice areas and industries, which include startup and multinational companies and in industries that include hospitality, food and beverage, healthcare, communications, technology, and sovereign governments.


Our corporate attorneys provide advice and counsel to startup ventures and multinational corporations in a wide range of industries.

Corporate Governance

Cooke Robotham’s corporate governance practice provides advice to companies on board structure / composition and best practices.


The sheer size and diversity of the African continent present varied investment opportunities, let us guide your strategy.

Commercial Litigation

Litigation may be a necessary part of preserving and enforcing rights in commercial dealings. Cooke Robotham provides a range of advice with a "litigator's eye."

Labor and Employment Law and Litigation

The firm’s employment and labor practice attorneys represent businesses in judicial forums and before regulatory agencies.


We represent buyers and sellers in raw land transactions as well as the sale of existing projects.


Cooke Robotham has an expertise in representing physicians and physician groups as they grow and evolve in this rapidly changing market.


Our work involves borrowing from private and official sector sources, debt restructuring, and asset and liability management of governments and central banks.

Cooke Robotham Insight


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The Governance Audit Practice

Public and private entities are increasingly being scrutinized by oversight and governing agencies regarding their compliance with laws and regulations and, in the case of governments and their component agencies, their compliance with international laws and treaties. Click title to download full article.


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BREXIT - What does it really mean for Africa?

Countries within the continent of Africa are in varied economic and political situations with respect to the UK and other parts of the EU, and so the effects of BREXIT would not be uniform. However, one common effect of the lower value of the UK pound following the BREXIT vote is that the value of remittances to Africa by the estimated one million Africans living in the UK would be reduced. Click title to download full article.


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The Persistent Problems of Low-Income Countries

Although it may sound somewhat clichéd, we live in historic times. The global financial crisis will have deep and long-lasting effects on the global economy in general, and on debt dynamics in particular. A key characteristic leading to the crisis was the explosion of private debt in advanced economies. As history teaches, after the “boom” must surely come the “bust.” Click title to download full article.

Meet Our Partners

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.
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Edmund Cooke


John Robotham

In 1990, John Robotham qualified as a British Barrister at the Bar of England and Wales. In 2002, he qualified at the New York bar, and now practices as a Trial Attorney in Washington, D.C.* and Maryland.
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John Robotham


Paul Nettleford

Paul A. Nettleford practices primarily in the areas of health care, corporate law. He advises clients on a variety of matters including HIPPA compliance, HITECH act compliance, the merger and acquisition of health care entities.
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Paul Nettleford


Mary Helen Medina

Mary Helen Medina practices primarily in the areas of employment and labor and corporate law. She has represented domestic and multi-national corporate clients in labor and employment matters.
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Dr. Thomas W. Laryea

Dr. Laryea is a recognized international law expert, with a specialty in Africa-related investment and government relations matters and sovereign debt restructuring.
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