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In addition to the employees and regular contributors profiled here, Cogent Legal enlists the talents of numerous freelancers who specialize in informational design and trial tech support.

Morgan C. Smith, Esq., president and partner

Morgan founded Cogent Legal in early 2011 to build a distinguished firm that specializes in litigation graphics and case consulting. He began his career as a trial attorney in 1993 and was a founding partner at The Arns Law Firm of San Francisco, where he excelled at complex litigation, class actions, personal injury and products liability. Morgan and his partners tried many cases with multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements. He also handled over 30 appellate matters in State and Federal court, with numerous amicus briefs before the California Supreme Court. Morgan frequently presents to fellow attorneys, trial consultants and judges on informational design for litigation, case presentations, and new technology for use in litigation and law practice. Morgan also shares his advice and commentary through Cogent Legal's Blog

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Michael Kelleher, Esq., partner and litigation consultant

Michael is a partner at Cogent Legal and a registered patent attorney who helps clients on cases involving patents, technology and high-stakes business disputes. Throughout his career, he has worked at the intersection of technology and law. Michael was a longtime partner at Folger Levin & Kahn, general counsel for an advertising tech startup, and also is the editorial consultant for the Matthew Bender Practice Guide: California E-Discovery and Evidence. He provides invaluable direction on the most effective and persuasive ways to understand, visualize and present the complexities and nuances of an IP case. Michael shares news and advice on the topics of IP and business litigation, e-discovery, and informational design for litigation on Cogent Legal's Blog.

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Derek Ryan, director of business development

Derek has over 15 years of experience in business development and client service. As the former General Manager at JAMS San Francisco and the Business Manager for JAMS Silicon Valley, he brings a wealth of knowledge in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

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David Filippini, creative director

As Creative Director, David Filippini provides artistic leadership, vision and guidance, while also advocating efficiency and productivity. With over 10 years of professional expertise within Architecture, Environmental Graphics, and Industrial Design, he is uniquely equipped to analyze/visualize the built environment – an essential quality to ensure proper representation of convincing litigation graphics and presentations.

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Georgia Clark, associate graphic designer

Georgia graduated in 2009 from the University of California, Berkeley, with her Bachelor of Arts in Art Practice. She previoiusly worked as a designer and illustrator for marketing agencies and small companies as an in-house artist. Georgia also brings her experience in character animation to Cogent Legal. Georgia is passionate about the outdoors and spends as much time as she can skiing in the winter and backpacking in the summer.

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Sarah Lavender Smith, communications director

Sarah manages communications and marketing for Cogent Legal and assists the firm's partners in the areas of client development and administration. Sarah's professional background is rooted in print journalism and branched out to include magazine feature writing, manuscript editing and blogging. In addition to her work for Cogent Legal, Sarah blogs about her twin passions of travel and trail running at The Runner's Trip.

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Carin L. Cain, medical illustrator

Carin has an in-depth understanding of anatomy and physiology, cell biology and the life sciences, and 12 years of experience designing graphical materials and conceptual diagrams for lay audiences. Carin's professional and educational background make her a qualified expert to provide a foundation of the admissibility of her work. With a Master's degree in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto, she can easily comprehend technical, scientific and medical content and communicate effectively with professionals from various disciplines such as engineers, attorneys, research scientists and medical experts.

  • Your team was great! I am so impressed with the work product Cogent Legal creates. You are definitely a part of our litigation strategy going forward.

    — John A. McGuinn, McGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky

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  • Morgan Smith of Cogent Legal is friendly, straight-up, and his critical analysis and input on cases is invaluable.

    — Bryan Lamb, Attorney, The Dolan Law Firm

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  • Morgan, thanks for the excellent work on our bike case. It's refreshing to work with highly competent people who charge fair rates. I also appreciated your strategic insights. I'll be back!

    — Anthony Label, attorney, The Veen Firm

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  • The artists and thinkers at Cogent Legal are superb. They have three essential qualities for the creation of excellent graphics in court: they are highly creative, detail-oriented, and you can absolutely depend on them to be completely prepared in court. When it comes to complex issues, they understand the importance of storylines, and they know how to educate decision-makers—juries and judges alike.

    — Beth Bonora, senior trial consultant, Bonora Rountree LLC

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  • Cogent Legal was particularly helpful in my defense of a product liability case with its rather technical defenses. Morgan Smith’s insights and suggestions helped to refine our demonstratives and exhibits, and simplified our message. The jury certainly heard that message, with its defense verdict after a 30-minute deliberation.

    — Keith R. Gillette, Partner, Archer Norris

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