co·​coun·​sel | \ ()kō-ˈkau̇n(t)-səl How to pronounce cocounsel (audio) \
variants: or co-counsel
plural cocounsels or co-counsels

Definition of cocounsel

: one who shares with one or more others the duties of providing counsel and especially legal counsel to someone The judge … did agree to appoint another lawyer to serve as co-counsel with Mr. Smith.— Jennifer Feehan

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Recent Examples on the Web Mesereau cocounsel Kathleen Bliss said at a hearing last week. Laura Mccrystal,, "As Bill Cosby's second trial begins, what's different this time?," 1 Apr. 2018 Relying in part on the text messages collected from Michelle's phone, Rayburn and her cocounsel, Maryclare Flynn, described her as a lonely, calculating girl who killed an ambivalent boy to win the attention of her peers. Jesse Barron, Esquire, "The Girl From Plainville," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of cocounsel

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Cocounsel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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co-coun·​sel | \ ˌkō-ˈkau̇n-səl \

Legal Definition of co-counsel

: an attorney who assists in or shares the responsibility of representing a client

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