701 Fifth Ave.
Seattle, WA, 98104
APPELLATE & CIVIL LITIGATION ADVOCATE
Former law clerk to the Honorable James Verellen at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I. Former extern to the Oregon Appellate Commissioner James Nass. Licensed to practice law in Washington. Specialize in civil litigation and appeals in state and federal courts.
Rory Cosgrove focuses his practice on appellate litigation in state and federal courts. Rory has extensive experience drafting briefs, motions, and memoranda and researching myriad legal areas, including medical/legal malpractice, employment discrimination, personal injury, products liability, and commercial law. Rory’s passion and enthusiasm for appeals shapes his trial practice.
You can follow Rory on Twitter as he tweets about recent appellate decisions and other appellate issues.
Before joining the firm, Rory clerked for the Honorable James Verellen at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One, for two years. He analyzed more than 60 appeals from bench memorandum to judicial opinion. His clerkship gave him valuable insight into the judicial decision-making process. Rory uses that insight to offer a unique perspective to clients. Rory regularly writes on appellate issues in his appellate law blog. You can subscribe to his blog posts for future updates.
While in law school, Rory was an extern for the Oregon Court of Appeals in the Appellate Commissioner’s Office. Before law school, Rory taught English in France for two years.
Rory impacts his local community with his commitment to pro bono service. He regularly volunteers for the Housing Justice Project in King County. Outside of the office, Rory enjoys voyages abroad (especially to France) and spending time with friends and family. Rory channels his love for basketball through his annual participation in the Spokane HoopFest basketball tournament. And when the weather permits, Rory will be found on the links working on his short game.
EX-PATRIATE STATE OF MIND
Fluent in French. Lived three years in France. Lived three years in Japan. Visited more than thirty countries. Curiosity to learn. International perspective to both personal and professional life.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certificate in International and Comparative Law||Willamette University College of Law||2014|
|Graduating Summa Cum Laude and Second in Law-School Class||Willamette University College of Law||2014|
|Roy Lockenour Award for Professional Responsibility||Willamette University College of Law||2012|
|Yarwood Award, Top Honor Student for Languages and Literatures||Eastern Washington University||2008|
|Volunteer Attorney||Neighborhood Legal Clinic||2016 - Present|
|Volunteer Attorney||Housing Justice Project||2016 - Present|
|Attorney||Carney Badley Spellman, PS||2016 - Present|
|Law Clerk||Washington State Court Of Appeals, Division I||2014 - 2016|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|King County Bar Association, Appellate Law Section||Executive Committee Honorary Member||2017 - Present|
|Washington Defense Trial Lawyers||Amicus Committee||2017 - Present|
|Washington Defense Trial Lawyers||Member||2016 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||2016 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Appellate Law Section Member||2016 - Present|
|Defense Research Institute||Member||2016 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2016 - Present|
|Cosgrove Appellate Blog||Kindred Nursing Centers v. Clark Reaffirmed the Court's Protective Stance Toward Arbitration Agreements||2017|
|Cosgrove Appellate Blog||The Verbatim Report of Proceedings: Unlocking the Mysteries Behind this Complicated Term and the Record on Review||2017|
|Willamette University College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2014|
|Eastern Washington University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2008|
|Noll v. Special Electric||Reversed and remanded.|
Posted by anonymous
Rory is beyond dedicated to the field of law. Having had the opportunity to work with him at the Court of Appeals, I witnessed firsthand his extreme work ethic and legal expertise. Rory's unique perspective of the law and ability to effectively navigate difficult legal issues are unmatched. His vivacious personality is infectious and only an added bonus to his professionalism and practicality. Rory is a tireless and tenacious advocate that I recommend to family and friends whenever they are in search of quality legal advice. There is no one more passionate about helping you efficiently resolve a legal dispute than Rory. He is a powerhouse.
Posted by Jeremy
A little under 1 year ago, I found myself in a situation that has affected every aspect of my life. I was arrested for DUI, and the first call that I made was to Rory. Rory and I have known each other since college, where we were both members of the same fraternity. I had never been in a situation like this before and I needed expert advice and counsel. At the time, Rory was working as a clerk with the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One for the Honorable Judge, James Verellen. Rory explained to me that his expertise was not in that type of law. I asked him several questions and asked for his expert advice on recommendations for lawyers that specialized in DUIs. He promptly emailed me with a list of specialists. The lawyer I chose was one of Rory's top recommendations. The case just completed and I was not charged with a DUI. Had it not been for Rory's vast knowledge of his fellow colleagues, and his invaluable advice and information he gave me, this whole situation could have turned out a lot worse. I only just wish that I would have been able to hire Rory, for my trust in his judgment and immense skill, helped bring some light in a very dark moment in my life. Rory's dedication and follow-through on the recommendations he gave me only begins to highlight his passion and drive for the work that he does. I could only imagine the level of professionalism and expertise he brings to the table for an actual client, and not just a recommendation for a fellow fraternity brother. I can not begin to describe the admiration and thanks I feel for Rory, and without hesitation, I endorse him as an expert and man of the highest regard. Rory is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met, and his dedication, passion and drive know no limits.
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