Guy Cook

USA: Iowa

Grefe & Sidney, P.L.C.
500 E. Court Ave, Ste 200
Des Moines, IA 50309
United States

Tel: 515.245.4300
Fax: 515.245.4452


Guy Cook is a senior member in the firm’s litigation division. For more than 30 years he has been one of the leading trial attorneys in the state of Iowa. He has served as counsel in more than 1000 litigated matters and has tried more than 200 jury trials. He has successfully defended major business litigation, obtained million dollar jury verdicts and successfully defended significant federal criminal cases. He has tried complex civil and criminal cases throughout the state of Iowa, including wrongful death, serious personal injury, products liability, securities fraud, bank fraud, medical malpractice, manslaughter, healthcare, semi-truck collisions, insurance fraud, sexual assault, false arrest, dram shop and breach of contract claims.

Guy is a board certified trial lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is one of only 20 Iowa attorneys to be inducted into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for verdicts and settlements in excess of one million dollars. He is recognized in both the Best Lawyers in America publication and the list of top ten Iowa Super Lawyers. He has been inducted into the Society of Outstanding Lawyers of America and is a certified member of the American College of Master Advocates and Barristers. Guy is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a fellow of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys. Guy has been named one of the nation’s top 100 attorneys.

Guy is a Des Moines, Iowa, native. He worked his way through school as a union ironworker, campus security officer and law library assistant. Upon graduation from law school, he served as a judicial law clerk for Justice J.L. Larson of the Iowa Supreme Court. In 1983, Guy was appointed Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. Among the cases he prosecuted were the largest insurance fraud in Iowa history, the then largest drug case in Iowa history, and the largest tax evasion case in Iowa history.

In addition to his work as a trial lawyer, Guy is a past-president of the Iowa State Bar Association. He is also the past-president of the Polk County Bar Association, the largest metropolitan bar in the state of Iowa. He was elected to serve as commissioner on the Iowa State Judicial Nominating Commission and has served as an appointed member of the Merit Selection Panel for selection of U.S. Magistrate Judges for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. He was also appointed to serve as a member of the Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission. Guy presently serves on the Board of Counselors of Drake University Law School.

We specialize in white collar criminal matters. These matters are most often complex and require a sophisticated, experienced counsel. Our firm represents clients in the most high-profile of matters, as well as in those matters that remain low profile – even confidential.

At the investigation stage, we counsel individuals and businesses with respect to the propriety of government inquiry and involvement. It is not infrequent that our firm is able to secure not only fair treatment for the client but also able to bring the investigation to a close by demonstrating the client engaged in no wrongdoing. When an investigation does result in formal charges, our lawyers advocate vigorously to seek dismissal through pretrial motion practice. And when a trial is eminent, our lawyers have a history of securing full acquittals.

The firm represents clients in all manner of white collar criminal matters, including cases alleging health care fraud, immigration fraud, environmental crime, public corruption, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, false statements to the government, voter fraud, tax evasion, agricultural lending fraud, and False Claims Act cases.

Since 1971, Grefe & Sidney has been providing a superior level of counsel and advocacy to our clients across the state of Iowa from our Des Moines and Pella offices. Members of the firm have distinguished themselves in their varied professional accomplishments and affiliations including recognitions by Martindale-Hubbel, Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. We are also proud to call a number of members of the judiciary and administrative branches of government among our Grefe Sidney “alumni”.

We know that every case, whether complex or straightforward, is important to our clients. We are committed to providing you with thoughtful counsel and will advocate vigorously on your behalf with the intention of achieving the best possible outcome for you, the client.

“Guy Cook of Grefe & Sidney, PLC is deeply experienced with the full range of high-stakes commercial cases. He provides expertise in civil and criminal disputes relating to product liability and securities fraud, among other areas.”