Attorney Joseph P. Cosgrove Associate

Joseph P. Cosgrove

Joseph P. Cosgrove


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Mr. Cosgrove has earned an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell™, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas


  • Montana and U.S. District Court, District of Montana, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1999


  • University of Montana, J.D., 1995
  • Montana State University, B.S., with honors, 1991

Associations and memberships

  • State Bar of Montana
  • Montana Trial Lawyers Association
  • The American Association for Justice

Notable Cases

  • Seltzer v. Morton, Gladwell and Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher: Co-counsel in malicious prosecution trial obtaining a verdict for $21,350,000.00 for client
  • Estate of Theresa Messick et al v. Patrol Helicopters, Inc.: obtained a $2,505,000 jury verdict for clients in wrongful death case
  • Baker et al v. State of Montana: obtained a $2,100,000 settlement from state on behalf of state employees for loss of retirement benefits
  • Gilchrist v. Dick Anderson Construction and Cooper Construction: obtained a $1.4 million jury verdict on behalf of electrician injured at work site
  • Mayo v. Montana Rail Link and BNSF: represented over 100 clients from western Montana in a toxic tort claim following the derailment of a Montana Rail Link train and subsequent chlorine gas spill.
  • Duff and Milton v Bohannon Auto Repair: obtained $1,000,000 settlement for clients injured in single vehicle auto accident alleged to have been caused by faulty tire arrangement
  • Rackley v. Anderson: obtained a $700,000 jury verdict in federal court for wrongful death of an infant
  • Mangini v. United States and Timberline Bicycle Tours: obtained a $650,000 judgment in federal court for a client injured in a bicycle fall in Glacier National Park
  • Brown v. Burlingtion Northern, Inc.: represented first railroad worker in Montana found by court to be in the “zone of danger” without significant physical contact; obtained $200,000 jury verdict

Biographical details

  • Fellow into the International Society of Barristers
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer, 2010 - 2015, 2020 - 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2005 - Present
  • 2007 co-recipient of the Appellate Advocacy Award by the Montana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Who’s Who and Millennium Edition

Our Testimonials Speak For Themselves

  • “Drew was very helpful”


  • “Very professional and dedicated to my case”


  • “We appreciate his responsiveness to our needs.”


  • “Professional and caring”

    Mary Paulick

  • “Very personable and professional to deal with”

    Former Client

  • “His trial skills are remarkable, and his ability to communicate is unequaled”

    Former Client

  • “It was a pleasure to have Anders Blewett on my side.”


  • “Highest character and competence.”

    Former Client

  • “A fine lawyer with an astute understanding of the rules of law”

    Former Client

  • “I would definitely seek his assistance again, should the need arise”

    Anne M

  • “I have no hesitation in recommending him”

    Former Client

  • “Hoyt and Blewett took care of this matter for me in a timely manner and were helpful all along the way”

    Josh S

  • “I am extremely happy with my case.”


  • “His ethics and honesty is tops and he brings honor to the profession by his commitment to his clients”

    Former Client

  • “Outstanding lawyer of the highest personal and professional integrity”

    Former Client