William P. Cook,
CEO and Managing Director, International Professional Education Group (iPEGTM)
William P. Cook is the CEO and Managing Director of the International Professional Education Group (iPEG™) located in Chicago, IL. Mr. Cook brings to the Company more than 35 years of experience as an attorney, including 28 years of management and leadership experience in the U.S. Navy, as both an active duty and reserve officer.
Prior to forming iPEG ™, Mr. Cook was a partner in the global law firm DLA Piper LLP (US), where he Chaired its Communications, E-Commerce and Privacy practice group, advising international telecommunications and media companies on transactional and regulatory issues including M&A transactions and joint ventures. Long active in India, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East, Mr. Cook is recognised by Legal 500 for his strategic practice combining technology and telecommunications. He was also the Co-Chair of DLA’s U.S.-India practice.
He also worked as the Managing Member of the Global Migration Law Group, PLLC and as a Managing Director of Nuevos Destinos, LLC.
Mr. Cook has represented clients on the national security aspects of doing business in the U.S., including the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS), the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the Patriot Act, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). During his long tenure in U.S. government service, he served in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions, of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is the former General Counsel of the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS).
Mr. Cook also has extensive litigation experience with Department of Justice (DOJ) and in the United States Attorney’s office in Baltimore, where he represented the U.S. in several high-profile money laundering and medical device seizure actions. He also served as Senior Counsel, Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) in DOJ, where his portfolio included immigration, intelligence and telecommunications issues. His government service also includes intelligence community assignments at the National Security Agency (NSA) and in the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR) of the U.S. Department of Justice.
A retired commander in the US Navy, Mr. Cook is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm, where he served on the staff of COMIDEASTFOR and as the U.S. naval liaison officer to the Government of Kuwait and as naval advisor to the Kuwaiti Navy. He is also a veteran of combat contingency operations in Grenada and Lebanon, and served on the Sixth Fleet Counter-Terrorism Task Force.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal (X2), the Combat Action Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Citation, and other service awards. Mr. Cook also advises various nonprofits. He has been a member of the board of directors of the National Veterans Legal Services Project (NVLSP), the Atlantic Legal Foundation, the Board of Visitors of Southwestern Law School, and the Heifetz International Music Institute.