From a legal standpoint, I have done it all. Starting as a Chicago Police Officer in the Cabrini Green Housing Project and ending up here, at the Cosgrove Law Firm LLC, I have an unmatchable range of experience.
As a Cook County prosecutor, I gained the trial skills necessary to assist my clients with their cases, sometimes conducting up to five trials a day for a period of two years.
As a Cook County Public Defender, I led the way in the fight against wrongful convictions, gaining the first DNA exoneration in the history of the Office and only the third in the history of Illinois.
In the Capital Trial Unit of the State Appellate Defender of Illinois, I led the fight against capital punishment. As a member of a team of attorneys, I convinced the Governor of Illinois to clear death row because of the staggering amount of wrongful convictions. I also represented more than 75 clients facing capital punishment and never saw a client sent to death row.
I then traveled to Puerto Rico where I lived for two years representing clients facing Federal capital punishment and training my fellow Federal Defenders in capital representation.
I have now returned to Chicago and have focused my skills and experience on providing the best defense available here, at home.
I can help you.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1991||10/27/2019|
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
updated on 03/15/2010
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Appreciation of Service||The Federal Defender of Puerto Rico||2013|
|Attorney of the Month||The Cook County Public Defender||2000|
|Attorney||The Cosgrove Law Firm, LLC||2016 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||Maccormac College||2014 - 2015|
|Assistant Federal Defender||Federal Defender of Puerto Rico||2011 - 2013|
|Attorney||OSAD Capital Trial Unit||2000 - 2011|
|Assistant PD||Cook County Public Defender's Office||1994 - 2000|
|Assistant State's Attorney||Cook County State Attorney's Office||1991 - 1993|
|Police Officer||Chicago Police Department||1983 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Board of Directors||2015 - Present|
|Boy Scouts of America||Cubmaster||2013 - Present|
|Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois||N/A||2010 - Present|
|John Marshall Law School, Chicago||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|Western Illinois University||BS - Bachelor of Science||1982|
|Defending Death Penalty Cases||Capital Case Discovery||2009|
|Defending Death Penalty Cases||Capital Case Experts||2008|
|Defending Death Penalty Cases||Opening Statements/Closing Arguments||2007|
|City of Chicago v Braun||Client found not liable, case dismissed|
|City of Chicago v Jackson||Client found not liable, case dismissed|
|IDES v Beiner||Decision reversed, client's benefits reinstated|
|People v Robbie Jones et al||Clemency granted sentence commuted to Natural Life|
|People v Richard Johnson||Client exonerated|
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