Criminal Law

When criminal charges are at stake, seasoned legal counsel can make the difference between acquittal and conviction. Cosgrave’s lawyers have more than 25 years of criminal litigation experience, including 200+ jury trials, and extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system.

Our team consists of former prosecutors and skilled trial attorneys who know how the police and public agencies investigate, why grand juries indict, and how trials are decided in the courtroom. When we negotiate, prosecutors listen.

Criminal Defense

Cosgrave’s criminal defense team represents individuals accused of state and federal crimes, ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies. We have successfully tried cases involving charges of, for example: murder, assault, theft, possession of controlled substances, driving under the influence of intoxicants, weapons offenses, and domestic violence.

Crime Victim Representation

Crime victims have constitutional rights that are, all too often, ignored. As former prosecutors, we know how to make sure your voice is heard. We’ll enforce your rights during the criminal justice process and maximize your compensation in civil court. We represent all victims, whether affected by assault, identity theft, elder abuse, sex abuse, child abuse, discrimination, or other crimes. We stand up for our clients, so they can fight back.

Criminal Appeals

Our appellate lawyers have represented clients in more than 600 civil and criminal appeals in various courts, including the highest state courts in Oregon and Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. We also put that experience to work advising clients on potential appellate issues in earlier stages of litigation and other legal matters, to help assess and manage risk.


  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Oregon State Bar Appellate Section