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

Examples of cocounsel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mesereau cocounsel Kathleen Bliss said at a hearing last week. Laura McCrystal,, 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, 23 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cocounsel was in 1847

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“Cocounsel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Legal Definition


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

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