Michael James Cosgrove, Esq.
Michael J. Cosgrove was born and raised in Palm Springs. Mr. Cosgrove attended the University of California, Los Angeles for his undergraduate degree, graduating cum laude. Mr. Cosgrove then attended Loyola University School of Law, where he was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity, International.
Mr. Cosgrove immediately moved back to the valley, where he opened the Cosgrove law ﬁrm in 1977. During his time practicing in the desert, Mr. Cosgrove has acted as a settlement Judge Pro Tem for the Riverside County Superior Court, as a fee arbitrator for the Desert Bar Association, and as the past president of the Desert Bar Association. Mr. Cosgrove also has been the past president of the Rotary Club of Rancho Mirage and a member of the College of the Desert, Planned Giving Committee.
Mr. Cosgrove continues to stay involved in his community as a member of the Desert Bar Association and the Living Desert Planned Giving Committee. Mr. Cosgrove has also been a member of the St. Theresa’s Church in Palm Springs for over sixty years, and currently sings in the choir.
David Vreeland Humphrey, Jr.
Attorney David Humphrey moved to the valley to join Cosgrove, Cosgrove & Humphrey in 2007 and became partner in 2010. Mr. Humphrey is a Certiﬁed Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts, and Probate, as certiﬁed by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
Mr. Humphrey’s extensive experience in trusts, probates, estates, and conservatorships ranges from estate planning for estates of all sizes: from small estates to complex trust and estate litigation for estates in excess of $50 to $100 million. Mr. Humphrey’s representation has also included representation of trusts and estates for certain deceased entertainment industry professionals and personalities. Mr. Humphrey is on the Riverside County court-appointed counsel specialist list for trust, estate, and conservatorship matters.
Prior to joining Cosgrove, Cosgrove & Humphrey, Mr. Humphrey worked in Long Beach, California with the law ﬁrm of Prindle Decker & Amaro where his experience was in the area of business and trademark litigation.
Mr. Humphrey is very involved in the community and has previously been President of Indian Wells Rotary Club (youngest president of the Indian Wells Rotary Club to date), President of Desert Estate Planning Council, as well as a graduate of the Leadership Coachella Valley program. Mr. Humphrey is also a proud graduate of the University of Southern California.
Mr. Humphrey lectures on a number of topics pertaining to Estates and Trusts including the following:
National Business Institute:
– Who is the Fiduciary
– Updates on Revocable Trust
– Disposition of Real Estate in Probate Estates
– Various litigation issues in estates and trusts
– Post Mortem Tax Issues
Becker Tax Institute:
– Updates on Estate Tax Issues
Attorney Stephanie Weisman was born and raised in the Coachella Valley. Ms. Weisman left the valley to attend University of California, San Diego for her undergraduate degree. After graduating, Ms. Weisman obtained her paralegal certiﬁcation. She worked for several years as a paralegal before deciding to pursue a Juris Doctor.
While attending law school at the University of San Diego, Ms. Weisman was awarded the Faculty Honors Scholarship. Ms. Weisman was honored to receive a Judicial Externship with Judge Sammartino of the United States District Court, Southern District of California. In 2010, Ms. Weisman graduated from the University of San Diego, magna cum laude.
After passing the California bar, Ms. Weisman decided to move back to her home town to begin her legal career. Ms. Weisman was an associate attorney with Anderholt Whittaker, LLP, practicing civil litigation before moving to Cosgrove, Cosgrove & Humphrey in 2012.
Ms. Weisman is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Weisman is also currently on the list of court appointed counsel for conservatorship matters in Riverside County.
Ms. Weisman is a Board member for Women Leaders Forum and is a member of the Desert Estate Planning Council. Ms. Weisman was previously a member of the Warren Slaughter Richard Roemer American Inn of Court, an attorney organization promoting civility in practice. Ms. Weisman is also a graduate of the Leadership Coachella Valley program.
Anne J. Kane
Anne J. Kane is originally from the Los Angeles area. New to the valley, Ms. Kane looks forward to being a part of the vibrant community.
Ms. Kane attended Randolph College, a diverse liberal arts college in Lynchburg, VA, as a Presidential Scholar. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Following college, Ms. Kane returned to California to attend law school in San Francisco at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While attending law school, Ms. Kane externed at the Probate Division of the California Superior Court in San Francisco. While there, she worked for Judge Mary Wiss and Judge Peter Bush. At the court, she focused behind the scenes on estate litigation and the experience grew her passion for the field.
Ms. Kane then went to work for the Law Offices of John N. Leutza in San Francisco. Mr. Leutza, an attorney with fifty years of estate planning experience, prepared her to tackle the wide range of estate and trust issues and taught her time-tested solutions to probate concerns.
Ms. Kane and her husband are proud to be a part of the U.S. Marine Corps community. Her husband is a judge advocate and defended fellow Marines and Sailors at Camp Pendleton, California, before transitioning to the reserves. During her free time, Ms. Kane volunteers with the California Innocence Project working to exonerate the wrongly convicted.
William Nolan Cosgrove
William N. Cosgrove (“Bill”) received his Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, where he graduated with distinction. Mr. Cosgrove then attended University of California, Berkley where he simultaneously earned both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Business Administration. After obtaining his Juris Doctor, Mr. Cosgrove moved to the valley in 1982 to join his brother Michael J. Cosgrove’s law ﬁrm. Cosgrove & Cosgrove was born.
Mr. Cosgrove was an outstanding member of the legal profession, respected by lawyers, judges, and clients alike. Not only did Mr. Cosgrove become a certiﬁed specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law, he also sat on the Board of Legal Specialization Advisory Committee from 1999 to 2000. Mr. Cosgrove acted as a Judge Pro Tem in the Probate Court for the Riverside County Superior Court and was a member of the Desert Bar Association, serving on the Probate Committee.
Mr. Cosgrove was also heavily involved in his community. He was the president of the Rotary Club of La Quinta from 2005 to 2006, on the Board of Directors of the Community Blood Bank from 1999 to 2002, a Chairperson of the Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation Planned Gift Committee from 1996 to 1999, the President of the Palm Springs Republican Assembly from 1988 to 1989, and a member of both the Rotary Club of La Quinta and the Stanford Club of the Desert.
He passed away on January 24, 2015. Bill is remembered fondly for his commitment to the legal community and the Cosgrove ﬁrm.