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Beating The Odds

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Twenty-five years before winning my first big case, I was a young girl in a small town in central Illinois, trying to argue my opinion against my father.

It was the 1970s, civil rights had started, and I wanted to change the world. At our family dinner
table, I debated my father over politics. He'd yell. I'd yell louder, and mom would cry.

I was a rebellious, pushy, hippie kid who wanted to help the oppressed and bring about a world where everybody fit together.

My dream was to be a courtroom lawyer.

Very little about my upbringing was making my dream seem possible. Neither of my parents went to college. Dad was a plumber, and mom a secretary. Whenever I’d share my dream of becoming a lawyer, my parents typically responded with, “Yeah, that’s great, let’s move on.”

High school didn’t challenge me. I graduated in three years. And after my mom complained that I stayed out too late, one too many times, I escaped by getting married. I was just 17.

My father thought that beauty school would be a good way for a young married girl to make a living and paid for me to go. By 20, I had two daughters, and by 29, I had two sons.

In my twenties, I worked as a hairdresser, and I helped open a hairdressing school, but I felt increasingly disillusioned with life. I was twice divorced, with children, and still holding onto my dream of working in courtrooms, not hair salons.

And then, at 29, I made a life-changing
commitment to myself...

I am going to law school.

My father says it is impossible; there will be no way to pay for it. But I say to myself,

"I don't know how I'm going to do it,
but I'm going to do it."

Paying for it was almost the easiest part.

My Father

Age 15

Age 13 with my Mother

The next six years are tough.

Before I can get into law school, I need to finish college. To pay for law school and support my family, I need to work full-time at the beauty school and cram in as many extra work hours as possible. But most difficult of all, I need to have my kids live in different parts of the country with various family members to do all this.

It was the hardest stretch of my life, but at 35,

I graduated from law school with distinction. I, a beautician and
divorced mother of four children - and no outside financial support.

I also accomplished something significant. Suffolk Law School has a highly ranked National Trial Team, which competes against other law schools in mock trial competitions. Professor Timothy Wilton, a renowned and experienced trial lawyer, coached the team. In my senior year, I won the National Championship in the Association of Trial Lawyers of America National Trial Competition.

After graduating, I worked for the largest personal injury firm in Massachusetts for 13 years. I took on difficult and precedent-setting cases that other lawyers avoided. I’d occasionally bring my law school mentor and now husband, Timothy Wilton, on as a consultant. We made a great team.

We litigated the first successful claim in Massachusetts to hold that an insurance company’s meritless appeal of an injured worker’s verdict was a bad faith insurance practice and violated the Consumer Protection Statute.

We secured the original judgment
of more than 3 million dollars and
an additional 4.2 million dollar punitive judgment.

After graduating, I worked for the largest personal injury firm in Massachusetts for 13 years. I took on difficult and precedent-setting cases that other lawyers avoided. I’d occasionally bring my law school mentor and now husband, Timothy Wilton, on as a consultant. We made a great team.

We litigated the first successful claim in Massachusetts to hold that an insurance company’s meritless appeal of an injured worker’s verdict was a bad faith insurance practice and violated the Consumer Protection Statute.

We secured the original judgment
of more than 3 million dollars and
an additional 4.2 million dollar punitive judgment.

I launched KJC Law Firm in 2010, and I hired my husband as a consultant. Our firm soon became a true family affair when I hired my daughter Jacki as our office manager. That same year, I prevailed in Law v. Griffith, a case that was deemed one of the most important decisions of the year and one that continues to aid plaintiffs seeking damages at trial for medical expenses.

Today, KJC Law Firm has a number of lawyers, paralegals, and staff. I remain active in bar association work and other efforts to promote fairness, justice, and equality in the trial bar and society.

I dedicate myself to the fight
for what is right, for justice.

I work to promote equality, protect critical civil rights, and help people, workers, and
consumers when injured. Fighting for what's right is often not easy, but it's essential.

I’ve come a long way, but I am essentially still the girl who debated her father at the dining room table, trying to make the world right. But rather than debate my father at the kitchen table, I now advocate for people in the courtroom, to create lasting change for all of society.

about KJC LAW

We Pride Ourselves In
Representing People Like You

There are lawyers who represent insurance companies, big corporations, and the government.

At KJC Law Firm, we pride ourselves in representing people.

We became lawyers to help find justice in our society, and we think that means helping individual people in their struggles against powerful, greed-driven corporate interests. We are here to help individuals in need, people who are facing the worst days of their lives, people who need help.

We understand what it is like to struggle against the odds. When she was in her 30’s, the firm’s founder and Managing Attorney Kathy Jo Cook found herself divorced with four children, working as a hairdresser, with only a high school education. She worked her way through college and law school in 6 years and became such a successful lawyer that her peers elected her President of the Women’s Bar Association in 2008 and 2019-2020, President of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. All of our lawyers are people before they are lawyers; they can identify with what you are going through.

KJC Law Firm was founded and is led by
Kathy Jo Cook

An experienced and successful trial and appellate attorney, and one of the most well known and well respected attorneys in Massachusetts.

She was recognized by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and by Boston Magazine as one of the best attorneys in Massachusetts, and she has been elected by her peers as a “SuperLawyer” every year since 2008. The Firm gets regular advice and assistance from Professor Timothy Wilton, a highly regarded law professor with nearly 50 years of experience practicing, teaching, and training other lawyers in trial and appellate practice. Professor Wilton has three degrees from Harvard, including his law degree and an advanced law degree. He is the Director of the Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration at Suffolk University Law School, which has produced more trial lawyers and judges in Massachusetts and throughout New England than any other law school.

She has been recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and Boston Magazine as one of the best attorneys in Massachusetts. She has also been named a “Best Lawyer” and the law firm a “Best Law Firm” by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report.

Her Partner, John T. Martin, works closely with the trial team at KJC Law Firm. John is an experienced and highly successful trial attorney. He has been featured on multiple local and national news programs and has also been named a “Best Lawyer” by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report.

The Firm gets regular advice and assistance from Professor Timothy Wilton, a highly regarded law professor with more than 50 years of experience practicing, teaching, and training other lawyers in trial and appellate practice. Professor Wilton has three degrees from Harvard, including his law degree and an advanced law degree. He is the Director of the Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration at Suffolk University Law School, which has produced more trial lawyers and judges in Massachusetts and throughout New England than any other law school.

We know that each case is unique. That’s why we don’t take an assembly line approach like some law firms. We will talk to you. We will come visit your home and see what your life is like. We will help you identify all the ways your life has been impacted, and we will help you find the best words to tell the jury about it.

Our team looks for creative and imaginative legal strategies to get you the best result.

We also recognize that each case is extremely important to the person who has been injured, cheated or discriminated against. We take a limited number of cases so that we can give your case the attention you deserve. We will answer your phone calls and respond to your concerns.

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you deserve?

Our Core Values

UNPARALLELED
CUSTOMER SERVICE

We strive to set the standard in the legal services industry for communication, responsiveness, helpfulness and compassion, remembering always to be grateful for our clients and the opportunity to serve them.

TEAM FIRST

We work collaboratively as a team, and we put the team’s success ahead of our own.

A+ QUALITY

We strive to raise the standards in the profession by producing A+ quality work consistently.

EYE ON THE TRIAL

We prepare every case to put on the best trial possible. We don’t settle unless it is in our client’s best interest.

#KJC TRIBE

When we work together, you become part of our law firm family for life.

BETTER THAN
YESTERDAY

We continue to educate ourselves, practice what we learn and get better at everything we do.

COMPASSION
FOR ALL

We care for and respect ourselves, each other, our clients, opposing counsel and all others we come in contact with.

CONSISTENCY

We leave our personal problems at home and strive to be consistent in our work.

HUMBLE PIE

We check our egos at the door.

CULTIVATE TRUST

We strive to contribute to our community and cultivate trust that creates demand. We are looking for new cheese.

CONSISTENCY

We use our creativity to find new ways to overcome barriers and do things better.

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