Mr. Cosgrove has 35 years of legislative, regulatory and legal experience. Before starting his consulting firm in Austin, Texas, Mr. Cosgrove was responsible for AT&T's legal counsel of state regulatory, legislative and external affairs matters in ten states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Mr. Cosgrove also provided advice on AT&T's local and state regulatory strategy, including deployment of its new ultra-high speed broadband service. Mr. Cosgrove is currently focusing on small cells and 5G issues. Mr. Cosgrove has published a paper, "Small cells: turf battles" in a book consisting of 65 authors on issues of law, technology and innovation, Direito, Tecnologia E Inovação.
Mr. Cosgrove is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Cosgrove is a registered lobbyist with both the state of Texas and city of Austin. Mr. Cosgrove is admitted to the state Bars of Texas, Kansas and Missouri.
While at AT&T Mr. Cosgrove managed a professional team of attorneys, outside counsel, paralegals and staff. Mr. Cosgrove worked with scores of clients over his career and earned an informal title of "more than a lawyer" in assisting them to reach their objectives.
Mr. Cosgrove's numerous responsibilities with AT&T included management and acting as counsel in hearings to obtain state regulatory approvals in several SBC/AT&T mergers. He was lead attorney on the then controversial Dallas and Houston area code cases. Mr. Cosgrove was lead counsel for Southwestern Bell Telephone in the "Mega-Arbitration" in Texas after the Telecom Act of 1996 and coordinated support for the FCC's Triennial Review state proceedings. Mr. Cosgrove helped start SBC's DSL subsidiary and was the lead network lawyer supporting Project Pronto. He has drafted, lobbied, testified, and help develop strategy for passage of numerous significant legislative bills in various states which achieved deregulatory relief and promoted deployment of new services (e.g., DSL, video, and broadband services). Mr. Cosgrove was a lead negotiator on Texas Universal Service Fund settlements approved the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Mr. Cosgrove's previous legal experience includes serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Johnson County, Kansas, trying numerous high profile jury trials and presenting appellate arguments. These cases included crimes against children. Mr. Cosgrove also drafted/testified on bills to help fight against child abuse before the Kansas Legislature.
Mr. Cosgrove's initial position after graduation from Washburn University School of Law in 1980 was as an attorney with United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He was hired under the Honor Law Graduate program. Mr. Cosgrove worked on the Three Mile Island I Restart hearing.
Mr. Cosgrove graduated with a BBA in Business Administration from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 1977. He graduated in the top 3 of the School of Business.
Mr. Cosgrove is active in the Austin community having served on the boards of Children Advocacy Centers of Texas (Past President), Alzheimer's Texas, and the Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (he received "Silver Beaver" Award for his service). Mr. Cosgrove has participated in pro bono service and has made presentations at several Bar CLE events.
Mr. Cosgrove has written three children's books in the "Bandit to Tex" series: http://bandittotex.com. He enjoys a round of golf with friends and colleagues and photography.
Mr. Cosgrove is married with four sons and one granddaughter.
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