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About the Firm Attorney Barbara A. Kreitz Cook

With more than 20 years of experience in general civil litigation and transactional and governmental administrative matters, I strive to have my firm provide the very best of legal representation in matters involving Admiralty and Maritime Law, Association Law, Bankruptcy, and General Business Law. Out of over 100,000 Florida attorneys, I am one of only 61 who have attained Florida Bar Board Certification as an expert in maritime law. My results prove that I am effective at negotiating agreements and dispute resolution. My engineering degrees and experience at large corporations give me an understanding of complex boat building and defect issues. My small business experience allows me to understand and counsel other small business owners on methods to achieve cost effective and prompt results, potentially without the need to file a lawsuit. I have lived aboard boats while cruising the Caribbean for several years, and have a personal understanding of maintenance, operation, and piloting of vessels.

I am highly selective in the matters that I undertake to ensure responsiveness to the clients I represent. I distinguish my firm by my accessibility.

The firm represents vessel and dock owners, marinas, seamen and captains, in all matters involving boats, docks, and the water, including personal injury, property damage, dock and riparian rights, administrative and environmental actions and permitting matters, vessel purchase and sales, liens and mortgages, insurance, repair, and other contract disputes, and seamen licensing, wage, and injury actions.

The firm also represents business owners, homeowner associations, and individuals in association law, bankruptcy actions, and in general federal and state civil litigation matters, including creditor and debtor representation, stay relief and adversarial proceedings, contract and covenant disputes, foreclosure and deficiency litigation, and administrative and government actions.

Memberships/Commissions

Education

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, N. J. Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Florida Atlantic University, Cum Laude
  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, Cum Laude
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"I've built my firm and reputation by being accessible. When you call you reach me, not a receptionist or some middle-person."
-Barbara A. Kreitz Cook

Certification, Ratings
and Admissions

  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law
    since 2008
  • Admitted in the U.S. Southern & Middle District & Bankruptcy
    Courts
  • Rated “AV-Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Rated 9.4 out of 10.0 by
    AVVO
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Client Feedback

Dear Barbara,
Congratulations on your great success obtaining justice! I am so happy to hear about the happy ending! Thank you for this update. You're always the first person I refer these types of cases to, so I'm glad this one worked out.
-Thank You, Seaman Matter

Dear Barbara,
All of us at Indian River Point want to thank you for your persistence and all your effort regarding the common charges and the lien. All you did is gratefully appreciated!
-Thank You, HOA

Dear Barbara,
Thank you for all you did to help us. We are so very grateful.
-Thank You, Maritime Wage Matter

Dear Barbara,
We wanted to take some time to thank you for helping us get our life in order. Thank you for having the foresight and professional expertise to guide us to our happy ending. We will forever be indebted to you.
-Thank You, Bankruptcy Matter

Dear Barbara,
Please allow me this opportunity to thank and commend you for your unwavering commitment and dedication to the community. Through your legal representation, expertise and counsel we have been able to address the numerous and myriad issues that are part and parcel of a 244 home community without a hiccup! You are an invaluable asset and I truly don't know what we would do without you. Thank you again! -Thank you, HOA

Dear Barbara,
I write to thank you for all of your hard work and committment while serving on the Admiralty & Maritime Law Certification Committee for the last six years. Enclosed you will find a plaque which acts as a token of the Bar's gratitude for your devoted service for more than half a decade. I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors. Once again, thank you! -Thank You, Maritime Certification Committee Service

Dear Barbara,
You represented me completely and thoroughly, advised me of risks and navigated them with precision. -Thank You, 75' Sunseeker Purchase Agreement involving part payment with Real Estate

Barb Cook Law PLLC Cook focuses on helping you navigate through maritime, association, bankruptcy and general litigation matters. -Barbara A. Kreitz Cook

Royal Palm Financial Center
759 SW Federal Highway
​Suite 216 Stuart, FL 34994

Call for Appointment

(772) 708-8105

Email: barbcook@barbcooklaw.com

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