Cousineau Malone, P.A. was founded in 2016 as Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee & Malone, P.A. but its roots extend back decades as the Civil Litigation practice group of Cousineau McGuire Chartered.
The origins of Cousineau McGuire Chartered date back to 1948, when Roy Mordaunt, a member of Minnesota’s then-largest insurance defense firm of Sexton, Mordaunt, Kennedy and Carroll, started a new firm with his son called Mordaunt & Mordaunt. Roy’s granddaughter and John’s daughter, Barbara Burke, would eventually become an attorney at Cousineau McGuire Chartered and would serve as that firm’s president from 1998 to 2000, making her one of the earliest female law firm leaders in the region, and solidifying Cousineau McGuire’s tradition of including a high percentage of female attorneys within its ranks – a practice which continues at Cousineau Malone, P.A.
The Mordaunts’ firm was an actual partnership that endured for decades, as partners were added, senior partners retired, and newer partners took over the firm’s business. The firm’s practice included both civil litigation and worker’s compensation, and, initially, the firm’s attorneys practiced in both areas. Over time, however, as the firm grew and the practice areas became more defined, two distinct practice groups were delineated: the Civil Litigation practice group, and the Worker’s Compensation practice group.
In the 1950s, the attorneys who would later serve as mentors to Cousineau Malone P.A.’s founding partners joined Mordaunt’s firm: Henry Cousineau, in 1955; and Robert McGuire, in 1959. In 1964, the firm changed its name to Mordaunt, Walstad, Cousineau & McGuire; and, with the addition of Craig Anderson and Steve Shaughnessy as partners in 1972, the firm became known as Cousineau, McGuire, Shaughnessy & Anderson. The firm continued operating as such until 1990, when it adopted the name of Cousineau, McGuire & Anderson Chartered; and the firm was then renamed to Cousineau McGuire Chartered in 2005.
In 2016, the two individually successful practice groups of Cousineau McGuire made the difficult but considered decision to split into two new firms.
The Civil Litigation practice group – attorneys, secretaries, and paralegals alike – became Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee & Malone, P.A.. In the ensuing years, through the strength of its relationships – both with clients and with peers – CVMM continued its heritage of reliable, responsive, and effective legal representation.
In 2023, we celebrate the Cousineau firm’s 75th anniversary and CVMM’s name change to Cousineau Malone, P.A.