Making Moves: Cook & James grows amid pandemic


Cook & James announced it has added Sarah Stitgen to its growing roster of attorneys and promoted three others.

The hire is part of the firm’s growth strategy launched in 2017, according to a press release from the company.

Stitgen will head the local Woodstock office and also serve as a key closing attorney for curbside, mobile and virtual transactions. She previously oversaw commercial contracts between $10 million and $100 million for an environmental engineering firm. She’s also done legal work in consumer bankruptcy, mortgage default and real estate closings.

“Bringing Sarah on board has relieved a huge pressure on the rest of our legal team,” said Kara Cook, co-founding partner of Cook & James. “These last few months have been incredibly busy for us, and we refuse to sacrifice customer service and our signature convenient at-home closings, no matter the situation. Being able to add headcount and rely on our capable team members has been critical to us all doing an excellent job for our clients.”

Cook & James also promoted Chuck Biskobing to senior attorney, noting that he “played a key role as the firm developed its response to the COVID-19 crisis.”

Additionally, the firm promoted Mary Jackson to senior operations manager, overseeing marketing outreach, and Taylor Winne from office administrator to paralegal.

“We also deeply appreciate the collective efforts of Chuck, Mary and Taylor, and it is our honor to properly recognize them with their respective and well-deserved promotions,” said Heather James, co-founding partner at Cook & James. “The success at Cook & James is thanks to the hard work of people like them and, in fact, our entire team.”

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