Bret L. Cogdill

Special Counsel

Bret Cogdill

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Mr. Cogdill is Special Counsel to the firm and concentrates his practice in civil construction defect litigation and estate planning.

Since joining Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell in 2005, Mr. Cogdill has represented developers and general contractors, and other construction professionals in cases involving custom single-family homes, large multi-family developments, commercial facilities, and transportation projects.  He has also represented developers and construction professionals in several cases arising from damages to underground utilities.  Relying on his litigation experience, Mr. Cogdill assists clients in preparing and revising contracts and construction documents to best manage risk in a constantly evolving legal environment.   

Mr. Cogdill offers clients a broad range of estate planning services.  He prepares wills, powers of attorney, health care directives, "living trusts," and other trust instruments and similar documents.  Mr. Cogdill provides simple and creative solutions custom tailored to best preserve the value of an estate and to ensure it will be distributed according to our clients' needs and desires.

Mr. Cogdill previously served in the U.S. Army as an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps, where he focused on Federal Tort Claims Act matters and assisted the Department of Justice on federal tort cases.  He drafted wills and powers of attorney for deploying soldiers and retired service members.  He also served as a Military Magistrate, responsible for approving or denying search warrant requests, conducting pre-trial confinement hearings, and ordering continued confinement or release of accused soldiers.

Mr. Cogdill received his law degree in 2001 from the University of Denver, College of Law.  During law school Mr. Cogdill was awarded an internship with the State Department, serving at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina.  There he drafted reporting cables after interviewing Bosnian and international leaders on legal and political issues vital to U.S. foreign policy.

Professional experience:

Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell, L.L.C. - Special Counsel
    Denver, Colorado


U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps – Captain
    Ft. Hood, Texas


Department of State, U.S. Embassy – Intern
   Sarajevo and Banja Luka, Bosnia and Hercegovina

Summer 2000

American Refugee Committee – Intern
    Mostar, Bosnia and Hercegovina

Summer 1999

Bar admissions:

  • Colorado Supreme Court, 2001
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado, 2006

Professional activities:

  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Denver Bar Association


  • Juris Doctor, University of Denver College of Law, 2001
  • Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Colorado at Denver, 1994

Reported Cases:

  • Microsemi Corp. of Colorado v. Broomfield County Bd. of Equalization, 200 P.3d 1123 (Colo. Ct. App. 2008). 

Non-Legal Work Experience

  • Clinical Studies, Ltd., Regulatory Coordinator and Quality Assurance Manager, 1998
  • Pharmatech, Inc., Assistant Project Manager and Grant Manager, 1994-1998