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Charles W. Cook III


Charles “Charlie” Cook joined Adams and Reese in 2005 after a firm merger with Stokes Bartholomew where he had practiced since 1994. He serves on the Banking and Finance and Bankruptcy teams and practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation and bankruptcy.

Representing financial institutions, Charlie provides risk mitigation advice and commercial loan workout solutions, defense of lender liability cases and claims brought under the Uniform Commercial Code and other laws particularly applicable to bank operations. He also represents banks and other creditors in bankruptcy matters, and has represented purchasers of assets in bankruptcy sales.

His practice also includes general commercial litigation involving sales of goods and services. 

Charlie’s other significant contributions include:

  • Representing an automobile floor plan lender in the resolution of a multi-million dollar, antitrust lawsuit after obtaining the dismissal of the antitrust claims.
  • Representing the primary secured lender in connection with a multi-million dollar receivership of a multi-state restaurant chain.
  • Defending a commercial lender in several lawsuits involving an alleged Ponzi scheme in which the lender’s customers allegedly lost millions of dollars.
  • Representing a commercial lender in connection with the dismissal of lender liability claims for interference with contractual relations in the case of Strategic Capital Resources, Inc. v. Dylan Tire Industries, LLC, 102 S.W.3d 603 (Tenn. Ct. App., 2002).
  • Representing members of a limited liability company in connection with claims for mismanagement against a third member and manager; the case involved complex accounting issues and the clients obtained a substantial award from the manager; ARC LifeMed Inc. v. AMC-Tennessee, Inc., 183 S .W.3d 1 (Tenn. Ct. App 2005).

Charlie has also represented purchasers and lenders in connection with the sale of assets in bankruptcy cases, including hospitals and restaurants and debtors in connection with obtaining post-petition financing in bankruptcy proceedings. He has written for The Tennessee Banker on stop payment orders and ACH.

Within the firm, Charlie serves on the Audit Letter Response Committee and as United Way Sennet Society Liaison for the Nashville office. He has served as Junior and Senior Warden, a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Rector Search Committee at his church, an officer and board member of the Downtown Nashville Exchange Club and an officer of the Yale Club for Middle Tennessee. In his free time, he enjoys being with family, growing vegetables and running.