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Cockrell & Associates

About Matthew W. Cockrell & Associates

Matt Cockrell is an attorney licensed in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Oregon and Washington, with established nationwide experience in the areas of insurance recovery for policyholders, general litigation, and dispute resolution.

Mattew Cockrell & Associates, P.C. (the “Firm”) is a law firm uniquely positioned to seek insurance recoveries and other revenue sources for small and family-owned businesses, as well as governments and large companies, to pay for environmental liabilities, brownfields, product liability claims, product recalls, general tort and toxic claims, Director & Officer claims and so on.  The Firm is different because most insurance coverage disputes in today’s environment can often be resolved by settlement. Accordingly, the Firm handles these and other disputes with a strong emphasis on settlement, which translates to a less costly alternative to larger litigation firms.

The firm’s client base consists of corporate clients and cities, states and other governments.  The firm does not strive to be a single source for all litigation needs.  Rather, the Firm’s philosophy is that many of these disputes can be handled effectively without resort to layers of attorneys and consultants.  Where necessary or desired by the Client, the Firm partners with known and established local law firms, consulting firms, insurance archaeologists, and environmental engineering firms with the complementary skills necessary to resolve any dispute in a flexible and cost effective manner.  This team approach significantly reduces overhead, because unnecessary resources are not “built in” to any specific project. This approach also brings together only those individuals with the knowledge and experience necessary to achieve effective resolution of the particular dispute.

All fees and costs are budgeted by the Firm and approved in advance in writing by the Client. All reasonable efforts are made to reduce our costs consistent, of course, with the performance of superior quality legal services. Only where necessary are additional resources brought in to provide depth and a broad range of professional expertise, typically when local counsel is necessary in a certain city or when engineering or other expert services are required. In the circumstances, the team will be seamless and largely hidden from the Client’s view; unless the Client desires otherwise, the single point of contact and responsibility lies with the Firm. Equally important is the fact that since any such teams are used to working with one another, there will be no duplicative or overlapping work. At the outset of the retention, the Firm will provide the Client with several proposed fee alternatives. Typically, these proposals will identify three options: (a) straight contingency; (b) straight hourly; or (c) modified contingency fee.

Firm Policies

The Firm schedules regular client meetings at least monthly and, often, weekly to provide the Client with status reports and strategies. While these typically are held by telephone, face-to-face meetings are also scheduled on a regular basis.

The Firm has clients throughout the country. As such, it has developed a wide network of additional lawyers, law firms, engineering firms and other consultants as needed by experience, geography, or depth to participate as needed on particular projects. Such relations are welcomed and are built into the fee and cost structure.

The Firm does not charge fees incurred during travel. All air travel is by coach, unless otherwise required but the Client.

Matt Cockrell is an attorney licensed in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Oregon and Washington, with established nationwide experience in the areas of insurance recovery for policyholders, general litigation, and dispute resolution.

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