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5 Reasons to Choose Cogent Legal

1. A Trial Attorney's Firm:  Cogent Legal is run by an attorney for attorneys. The founder and president, Morgan C. Smith, is a highly respected trial attorney whose extensive experience ensures that Cogent’s graphics are legally admissible and strategically smart.

2. Creative: Litigation graphics enable attorneys to make their case in the most compelling way possible. Cogent Legal designs creative visual presentations that make an oral argument more convincing and leave the impression that the attorney is well prepared.

3. Responsive: Cogent Legal’s boutique size is its strength, enabling the team to devote personal attention and custom strategy to every client’s case.

4. Strategic: Cogent Legal specializes in strategic consultation to help legal teams develop tactics to best represent their clients. Always seeking to innovate, Cogent creates seamless graphics and provides scalable services that best fit the client’s needs and budget. 

5. Compelling results: Cogent Legal’s graphics simplify complex information and convey an engaging narrative. This, in turn, maximizes the chances of a highly successful settlement, thus avoiding the high cost and uncertainty of a trial. If the case proceeds to trial, then Cogent’s clients are as prepared as possible. 

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  • We brought in Cogent Legal to assist with a construction-related personal injury case which was headed for trial. Morgan quickly and easily grasped the various issues, and he even provided valuable additional insight regarding some key liability statutes. Soon after our initial meeting, Morgan and his design team produced a full set of quality graphics, including 2D diagrams and animated 3D models. The visual tools provided by Cogent Legal will make it so much easier to present our case to the jury. I highly recommend Cogent Legal to other litigators.

    — Scott Bonzell, owner, Law Offices of Scott A. Bonzell

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  • Morgan came to our aid while in trial with a phenomenal rebuttal to an animation/simulation done by an accident reconstruction expert. He was able to take what the adverse expert was attempting to portray and show that it was deceptive and inaccurate. He did so with skill and creativity, and he did it amazingly fast. I give Cogent Legal my highest recommendation. 

    — Linda Ross, Law Offices of Linda Ross

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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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  • I have always felt that every case, even the most technically arcane, can make for an engaging story. I found that Cogent Legal shares this belief and is why they are our trial team's go-to source for help with legal graphics. Enjoyable to work with, Cogent’s graphics team takes the time to truly grasp the case issues, working hard to best convey the messages we need judge and jury to understand. They engage very well with the trial team to help focus, conceptualize and visually convey the critical ideas to our arguments in a clear, concise and simple manner. Communication with our legal team is excellent—expectations are met and exceeded.

    — Vid Bhakar, Special Counsel, Intellectual Property Litigation, Cooley LLP, Palo Alto

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  • A simple story that resonates with jurors wins cases. Cogent Legal is an indispensable partner in communicating that winning story to jurors.

    — Rod Dorman, Pricipal, McKool Smith Hennigan, Los Angeles

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