Cosgrove, 33, a partner at Clifford Law Offices, P.C. since March of 2013 who focuses primarily on medical malpractice and hospital negligence. In Cosgrove’s first year at the firm he obtained more than 30 million dollars in verdicts and settlements.
After attending The John Marshall Law School, Cosgrove hit the ground running as an attorney and achieved a high level of success and notable multi-million dollar verdicts.
Ronald W. Cobb, Jr., of Lusak & Cobb, met Cosgrove when he started his career at Ambrose & Cushing. Cobb said within months of passing the bar at the age of 26, Cosgrove gave a closing argument in a case resulting in a three million dollar gross verdict for the wrongful death of a man killed by a truck. With that success, Cobb notes that “Brad has the distinction of being the youngest attorney in Illinois to obtain a jury verdict in excess of one million dollars.” By the age of 27, Cobb said that “Brad topped this accomplishment by becoming the youngest attorney to have two jury verdicts of one million dollars.”
Bryan J. O’Connor, of O’Connor Law Group, stated that “Brad is probably one of the best young trial lawyers in Chicago.” Supporting this contention, O’Connor references Cosgrove’s recent $14 million verdict in a Cook County medical malpractice case concerning the negligent prescription of the birth control pill Yasmin. After garnering national media attention for the first reported verdict concerning Yasmin, Cosgrove’s trial skills have taken center stage in Chicago’s legal community.
Cosgrove has impressed fellow attorney Timothy S. Tomasik, of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman. “Quite simply, he is a superior trial advocate,” Tomasik said. “By the same measure, Brad is an extremely well-rounded lawyer that has demonstrated exceptional skill in tackling complicated legal issues. His great success has allowed him to become a significant player in the Chicago trial bar arena in less than 10 years of practice.”
Christian Bode, of Bode & Collins, P.L.C., first met Cosgrove about five years ago. Bode’s firm sponsored Cosgrove’s Pro Hoc Vice Petition in a plaintiff’s medical malpractice case in Maricopa County, Arizona. Bode said it “was a complex medical malpractice case that was hotly disputed with allegations against two physicians and the nursing staff of a hospital,” adding that Cosgrove achieved a settlement amount that was significant. A confidentiality provision stifled further elaboration concerning what Bode meant by significant. Bode would only elaborate by stating: “I know from the case we handled with him here that the result was excellent.” Since that time, Bode has consulted with Cosgrove numerous times on various issues concerning medical malpractice cases and trial issues seeking out Cosgrove’s creative but effective approach.
Christine M. Travers, of Reda, Ciprian, Magnone, LLC, said her office sometimes handles probate matters related with the cases being handled by the Clifford Law Offices. She met Cosgrove in February of 2014 when she was responsible for the probate work associated with a partial settlement in which Brad obtained for the wrongful death of a man in a DeKalb County medical negligence case. “(Cosgrove) obtained a $2.75 million record partial settlement on behalf of a widow and two surviving minor children,” Travers said.
Cosgrove has been the lead trial attorney in nearly two dozen civil jury trials and has argued before the Illinois Appellate Court on several occasions and before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States. He is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, National Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago Bar Association, American Association for Justice and the American Bar Association. He also lectures at The John Marshall Law School on expert witnesses and trial practice.