Cook & James Adds Attorneys Bryce Linden and Jana Paterson

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The Atlanta-area real estate firm known for pioneering “at home” closings continues its growth and expansion with two new legal staff members.

“Today’s announcement that Bryce and Jana have joined our firm allows us to better meet the needs of our current clients and more strategically expand our signature ‘at-home’ closing service to new areas in the Atlanta metro and throughout Georgia,” said Heather James.

Cook & James, the Atlanta-based real estate law firm which pioneered at-home closings, has added two attorneys, Bryce Linden and Jana Paterson, to its staff, continuing an aggressive growth trajectory begun in 2017. Linden and Paterson join the firm’s legal staff, allowing Cook & James to offer increased closing transaction business throughout Atlanta and the ability to further penetrate throughout Georgia.

“We have expanded in a steady growth pattern over the last few years,” said Heather James, co-founding partner at Cook & James. “Today’s announcement that Bryce and Jana have joined our firm allows us to better meet the needs of our current clients and more strategically expand our signature ‘at-home’ closing service to new areas in the Atlanta metro and throughout Georgia.”

A native of Columbus, Ga., Linden graduated Columbus State University and holds a law degree with a real estate emphasis from Mercer University. He went on to earn an LL.M in environmental law from George Washington University in 2017 and clerked for the EPA, specializing in hazardous waste, chemical clean-up and other environmental hazards as they pertain to real estate transactions. Linden brings his eco-expertise to Cook & James and will work on residential resale transactions as well as with home builders. He lives in Grant Park with his partner, an Australian labradoodle, and a cat. A member of the Atlanta REALTORS® Association, he serves on that group’s young professional network committee. Additionally, he’s a member of the real estate section of the Georgia Bar Association and is active with the Greater Atlanta Home Builder’s Association. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, hiking and visiting state parks.

Paterson has partnered with Cook & James since 2012 as a contractor and today’s announcement formalizes her ongoing commitment to the firm. Paterson will continue to spearhead refinance closing transactions and add new and resales to her workload. Born and raised in southern California, Paterson holds an undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from San Francisco State University. She is a 2008 graduate of Georgia State’s law school and has been a member of the Georgia Bar Association since that year. She is also a member of the social, member engagement and community service committee for the Atlanta REALTORS® Association and the planning and events committee for the Cobb Women’s Council of Realtors. When she’s not lawyering, she gives back to her East Lake neighborhood and is a founding board member of The Kirk Cats, a non-profit organization dedicated to spaying and neutering feral cats in the East Atlanta area. Paterson is passionate about animals and the environment and regularly fosters cats and dogs, especially German Shepherds, collects rainwater for her front yard vegetable garden, is a backyard birder, and provides a pollinator garden for monarch butterflies. In her spare time, she is in a book club and enjoys cooking and home renovation projects.

“Bringing Jana and Bryce on board allows us to harness their expertise and enthusiasm to continue to offer a superior closing experience to our valuable clients, collaborators and colleagues,” said Kara Cook, co-founding partner. “We are happy to announce our newest staff expansion with these two professionals who fit so nicely with the Cook & James culture.”

About Cook & James
Founded in 2006 to fill a void in real estate transaction services, the attorney team at Cook & James is a pioneer of at-home closings. Specializing in refinancing, purchases, corporate relocations and more, team members can be 100% mobile to offer buyers, sellers and real estate agent partners the flexibility of closing anywhere that is convenient, including at-home. Cook & James attorneys and paralegal professionals bring everything needed to the closing to facilitate a smooth experience. Using a proprietary at-home closing platform, the firm’s residential real estate legal solutions and expertise include purchases, mortgage refinances, title clearance, deed preparation, corporate relocation assistance and more.

Kara Cook and Heather James are co-founding partners. The firm is based in the north Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta/Roswell, Ga., has a satellite office in Woodstock, Ga. Cook & James is also licensed to do business in Connecticut, New York and South Carolina. Learn more at

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