Philip Cook specializes in federal income taxation and federal tax controversies. During his career, he litigated some of the most important domestic and cross-border tax issues faced by financial institutions. Mr. Cook also played a prominent role in litigating tax cases of first impression for the telecommunications industry and a range of other industries.
Mr. Cook led the Alston & Bird team that investigated Enron’s tax transactions as part of the Examiner’s investigation. He testified before the Senate Finance Committee about this investigation.
Philip joined the firm in 1972. During his career, he has actively served in the leadership of the firm leading the firm’s Tax Section and serving two terms as Chair of the Partners’ Committee.
He received his J.D. degree, cum laude, in 1971 from Harvard University, where he was president of the Harvard Journal on Legislation, and his B.S. degree, with honors, from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1968. Prior to joining Alston & Bird in 1972, he served as a law clerk to The Honorable Lewis R. Morgan at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.