Morgan Smith (Cogent Legal’s president and founder) has a real advantage over others in this field because he actually tried cases. He can make graphics not only effective with the audience, but also able to withstand objections and get admitted into evidence. Moreover, he can think tactically, and that is how he distinguishes himself.
John B. Bates, Jr.,
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
We hired Cogent Legal to create an animation for a multimillion-dollar case, and the firm made an exceptionally powerful presentation. As a former trial lawyer, Morgan is able to think about a case thematically, and translate it visually, to best present it to a jury.
Philip L. Pillsbury Jr.,
founding partner, Pillsbury & Levinson LLP
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.
Law Offices of Linda Ross
I have known and worked on the same cases with Morgan Smith (Cogent Legal’s president and founder) for over eight years. He immediately stood out as an exceptional opposing counsel and far ahead of most plaintiff attorneys, with superb organizational skills, legal expertise, and the ability to document and illustrate his key points with exhibits. He's a true master at visualizing important and complex information for each case.
Halkides, Morgan & Kelly
Morgan Smith of Cogent Legal is friendly, straight-up, and his critical analysis and input on cases is invaluable.
Attorney, The Dolan Law Firm
Morgan was a fantastic law partner for over a decade. The best trials are the true art of presentation, and Morgan is an amazingly creative lawyer who could turn the most complicated issues into an easy-to-understand demonstrative exhibit. I wish I still had Morgan’s creativity on all of my cases, but we’re happy to use Cogent Legal for his services now.
The Arns Law Firm
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!
attorney, The Veen Firm
Your animation was so very helpful, and I could not have been happier with the efficacy of the animation with the jury.
Julie K. Parker,
Law Office of Julie K. Parker
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.
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.
Special Counsel, Intellectual Property Litigation, Cooley LLP, Palo Alto
I had the pleasure of working with Cogent Legal's Dave Nugent on a significant hospital construction defect case. Their work was superb. Under intense time pressure we put together a comprehensive 'Day in the Life' video of the facility, interspersing visuals with percipient witness interviews while coming up with creative ways to demonstrate defects that were not intuitively apparent. I look forward to working with Cogent Legal and Dave again.
Chair, Construction Practice Group, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean
As a jury/trial consultant, I've brought Cogent in on many cases. They have helped with video, animation, and with old-fashioned foam board. Their skill, insight and ability to meet your needs is amazing, esepcially when faced with last-minute changes. As a jury/trial consultant, I am assured if not delighted when Dave, Morgan and Cogent Legal are part of the trial team. Cogent's expertise can be the turning point in your case.
Judy H. Rothschild, Ph.D.,
A simple story that resonates with jurors wins cases. Cogent Legal is an indispensable partner in communicating that winning story to jurors.
Pricipal, McKool Smith Hennigan, Los Angeles
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.
owner, Law Offices of Scott A. Bonzell
Dave Nugent and the team at Cogent Legal have proven to me that interstate, California-to-Texas trial graphics support is a seamless and successful collaboration with them. They are highly responsive, quick to 'get it,' and their contribution is invaluable.
Founding Partner, Stanley Iola LLP, Dallas, TX
Cogent Legal is run by an incredibly skilled lawyer. Other litigation graphics firms are helpful, but they don't have the legal insights that Morgan has. I appreciate his quality of work and responsiveness, and I wouldn't hesitate to hire Cogent Legal again.
Joseph P. Brent,
partner, Fiol & Nolan LLP
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.