James H. Cosgriff, III


P: (716) 849-6800
E: jhc@bhhattorneys.com

James H. Cosgriff, III  is a partner with the law firm of Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC.  Mr. Cosgriff is an experienced trial attorney and has practiced in the insurance defense field for the past thirty years.  He practices throughout New York State and his practice is focused in the areas of motor vehicle accident, Labor Law, premises liability, municipal defense/governmental liability, defense of school districts and medical malpractice. He has successfully tried dozens of cases in New York State courts, in addition to handling cases at the appellate level.  He is also licensed to practice in the Western and Northern Districts of New York, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Professional Affiliations/Activities

  • Erie County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Upstate New York CLM Chapter
  • Themis Advocates Group


  • Canisius College, B.A.
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D.

Admitted to Practice

  • New York State –All Courts
  • Western District Court of New York
  • Northern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Civic Activities

Erie County Sheriff’s Pipes & Drums Band