I believe in our country’s dispute resolution systems. My passion lies in mastering those systems, thinking critically about the avenues of relief they offer, and operating strategically within them to obtain optimal outcomes for my clients. Keeping in mind each clients’ distinct business, goals, and risks, I engineer strategies that meet the complexities of every case. And at Ciresi Conlin, I do this with colleagues who share a commitment not only to leveling the playing field for clients, but to protecting the future of the law and our community.


Patrick “Gus” Cochran is an associate at Ciresi Conlin, where his practice focuses on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation. Before joining the firm, Gus completed a two-year clerkship with Judge Eric C. Tostrud of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and practiced in the business litigation group of a national law firm. Through these roles, Gus has accumulated a broad array of litigation experience, which he leverages to devise and implement sound legal strategy for businesses and individuals.

Gus graduated salutatorian from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. During law school, he clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, logged more than 1,000 appearances in felony court as a student attorney for the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, and externed for U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson. Working with Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners, Gus achieved favorable outcomes for pro bono clients in a variety of civil lawsuits, and he assisted pro se parties with criminal expungements, eviction expungements, and marital dissolution as a volunteer with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. Gus also served as Assistant Editor on the Mitchell Hamline Law Review and Policy Editor on the Law Journal of Public Policy & Practice. Before law school, Gus earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Loras College.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota


Harry A. Sieben Award, Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter (2019)
North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association (2019, 2020)
Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, Mitchell Hamline (2017)


You’ve Been Served . . . or Have You?—Jaeger v. Palladium Holdings, LLC, 44 MITCHELL HAMLINE L. REV. 274 (2018).