Our Team

Sydney Cook

Sydney Cook

scook@scookassociates.com

  • Real Estate
  • Wealth & Asset Protection / Planning
  • Business Planning, Business Succession, Partnerships & LLCs
  • Business Transactions

Meet Sydney Cook

A native of Auburn, Alabama, Sydney earned an undergraduate degree in Economics at Duke University before coming home to earn a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1974.  Sydney then went on to earn his LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law in 1975.

Sydney has practiced law in Tuscaloosa and the surrounding area since 1975.  Sydney practices regularly in the areas of real estate, wealth and asset protection/planning, business planning, business succession planning, and the use of partnerships and LLCs.  He has additional experience in the areas of charitable giving and tax exempt organizations.  He regularly advises privately held businesses regarding business issues and their various tax implications and benefits.

He has extensive experience in the area of succession planning in assisting companies in protecting the future of their businesses and their business legacy.  In the area of family businesses, he works with clients on transferring ownership of family owned companies to succeeding generations with minimal tax consequences.  Sydney also advises on purchases and sales of businesses and other tax planning matters relating to the disposition of assets in an economically efficient manner.

Jon Townsend

Jon Townsend

jtownsend@scookassociates.com

  • Business Planning, Business Succession, Partnerships & LLCs
  • Business Transactions
  • Wealth & Asset Protection / Planning
  • Trust & Estate Planning/Administration, Asset Protection / Planning
  • Civil Litigation

Meet Jon Townsend

A native of Northport, Alabama, Jon graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies degree from Southern Christian University. After graduation, Jon attended Freed-Hardman University and graduated with a Master of Ministry degree. After spending time in ministry, Jon received his Juris Doctor degree from Cumberland School of Law in 2014.

Jon was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in September of 2014. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, as well as, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2019, Jon was admitted to practice in the State of Tennessee.

Jon practices regularly in the areas of business planning, business succession planning, trust and estate planning and administration, civil litigation, wealth and asset protection/planning, and the use of partnerships and LLCs. He regularly advises privately held businesses regarding business issues.

Jon also serves on the Alabama State Bar Strategic Planning Task Force, Alabama State Bar Committee of the Digital Communications Policies & Procedures, Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Celebration Committee, and Alabama State Bar Future of the Profession Task Force.