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Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 2005

Hillsdale College, B.S., 1999 

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court
    - Eastern District of Michigan
    - Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Tax Court 

Jackie Cook has nearly 20 years of experience resolving state and local tax issues in Michigan, as well as throughout the U.S. 


Jackie leads the firm's Tax Division, representing publicly traded and privately held companies, small businesses, families, and individuals. She also consults with labor unions and employee benefit funds regarding state and local tax issues, such as analyzing unique property tax considerations for training fund properties.

For the first decade of Jackie's career she was a litigator with a large international law firm based in Detroit and a large national firm based in Chicago. She has experience as an in-house tax attorney for a Fortune 500 company where she gained a client’s perspective managing litigation and advising internal corporate clients regarding corporate acquisitions, construction contracts, city income tax, state taxes, and property taxes.

Today -- whether she is representing a large automotive manufacturer or supplier, a service company, a retail business, or a nonprofit organization -- she makes it her priority to understand the client’s business purposes and operations before crafting the best solution for resolving their state or local tax issue.

Jackie navigates clients through each stage of a state or local tax issue, from planning to audit through litigation and appeals. Her diverse background includes property tax appeals, Michigan and city income tax disputes, and sales and use tax controversies. She also has worked on matters involving election law, municipal law, general commercial litigation, including contract and vendor disputes, real estate acquisitions and landlord-tenant disputes, administrative law and state and local licensing, and governmental investigations.

Jackie continues to be a leader and frequently speaks in the Michigan tax arena, having served as former chair and 10-year council member for the State Bar of Michigan’s Taxation Section.



professional affiliations

Member, Board of Directors, Michigan Women’s Tax Association, 2021-present

Former Chairman and 10-year Council Member, State Bar of Michigan’s Taxation Section 

Former Intern, Executive Office of the Michigan Department Treasury


Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Rising Star, Super Lawyers


Volunteer, St. Edith Catholic School and Church

Volunteer, Northville Baseball & Softball Association

Volunteer, West Catholic Football

News & Events



Given Jackie’s extensive experience in state tax matters as well as writing appellate briefs, she has been sought out to write amicus briefs in matters pending before the Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan Court of Appeals.

  • Jackie filed an amicus brief on behalf of the State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section with the Michigan Supreme Court in Tomra of North America v. Department of Treasury. The Michigan Supreme Court affirmed the State Bar’s position that the taxpayer’s recycling machines were exempt from sales and use tax under the industrial processing exemption.
  • Jackie was retained by the Software and Information Industry Association, a national leading trade association, to write an amicus brief for the Michigan Court of Appeals in Thomson Reuters Inc. v. Department of Treasury, in support of the taxpayer. The Court of Appeals found in favor of the taxpayer, holding that its software services were exempt from sales and use tax.

Presentations & Publications

Presentations & Publications

  • “All Things Tax & Treasury,” MICPA Cannabis Summit, Novi, MI (December 12, 2023)
  • “What’s New in the Cannabis Tax Niche?,” MICPA Michigan Tax Conference, Livonia, MI (November 2, 2023)
  • "State and Local Tax Hot Topics and New Developments," State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section, 35th Annual Conference, Plymouth, MI (May 25, 2023)
  • "Michigan Cannabis from a Treasury Perspective," MiCPA Cannabis Summit, Novi, MI (December 7, 2022)
  • Ask the Experts: "Personal & Real Property Tax Issues," MICPA’s Small Firm Practitioner Conference, Battle Creek, MI, (August 16, 2022)
  • "Tax Law Series: State Tax Controversies," ICLE Webcast, (April 5, 2022)

  • "Sales & Use Tax: The Installation and Delivery Debate," MICPA Michigan Tax Conference, (November 3, 2021)
  • "The Latest Update on Excise Taxes," Featured Speaker, State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section, 33rd Annual Tax Conference, Livestream (May 27, 2021)
  •  "Sales & Use Tax: Everything You Need to Know," MICPA Michigan Tax Conference, Livonia, MI (Nov. 2, 2017)
  • "Tax Law Series: State Tax Controversies in Michigan," ICLE Webcast (2015) 
  • "Personal Property Cases – Manufacturing Tax Reforms and What You Need to Know," MICPA, Novi, MI (November 3, 2015) 
  • "Round-Up of Select Recent State and Local Tax Cases," State Bar of Michigan Tax Section, 28th Annual Tax Conference, Plymouth, MI (May 21, 2015) 
  • "Personal Property Tax Reform: What You Need to Know Before the February 20, 2015 Personal Property Statement Due Date," MICPA, Troy, MI (January 23, 2015) 
  • "Property Tax Hot Topics (Including Michigan Personal Property Tax Reform)," Michigan Tax Conference, Novi, MI (Nov. 5, 2014) 
  • "Tax Law Series: State Tax Controversies in Michigan," ICLE Webcast (2014) 
  • "Hot Topics in State Taxation," Tax Executives Institute, East Lansing (Nov. 21, 2013) 
  • "2013: The Year of the Michigan Supreme Court Tax Cases," MICPA Michigan Tax Conference, Novi, MI (Nov. 6, 2013) 
  • "Hindsight is 20-20: A Primer for New SALT Practitioners," MICPA Michigan Tax Conference, Novi, MI (Nov. 5, 2013) 
  • "After Hours Tax Law Series: Michigan Tax Law Update 2013," ICLE Webcast (2013) 
  • "Communicating to Yes," Michigan Women’s Tax Association Annual Conference, Novi, MI (Oct. 21, 2013) 
  • "State Tax Controversies: A View from Many Angles," State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section Annual Tax Conference, Plymouth, MI (May 23, 2013) 
  • "State and Local Tax Law Update,” Tax Executives Institute, East Lansing, MI (Nov. 16, 2012) 
  • “State Tax Potpourri,” MICPA Michigan Tax Conference, Novi, MI (Nov. 6, 2012) 
  • “After Hours Tax Law Series: Michigan Tax Law Update,” ICLE, Ann Arbor, MI (Oct. 4, 2012) 
  • “MBT Credits: A Different Kind of Credit Application,” MICPA (Dec. 10, 2009) 
  • “Discussion of Latest and Greatest State Tax Litigation,” Council on State Taxation Midwest Regional State Tax Seminar and Multistate Executives Tax Roundtable (Oct. 2008) 
  • “The New Michigan Business Tax,” Oakland County Bar Association Medical Legal Committee (Dec. 6, 2007)  
  • “Notable Pending Legislation Impacting Michigan Tax Administration,” (co-author) Michigan Tax Lawyer, Vol. XXXIX, Issue 2, Summer 2013 
  • “How the Gold Gets in the Pot at the Rainbow’s End: An Attorney’s Guide to Unclaimed Property Compliance in Michigan,” (co-author) Michigan Bar Journal, October 2012 
  • “Commissioner v. Banks: The Tax Liability of Contingent Fees to Litigants,” Michigan Tax Lawyer, vol. 32, issue 2 (Summer 2006)  
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