Cogent Legal

11 Embarcadero West, Suite 215
Oakland, CA 94607, United States

Contact: Morgan C. Smith

  • 510-350-7616

Practice/Organization Description

Cogent Legal is a litigation graphics and trial strategy firm that develops compelling visual presentations to help attorneys achieve optimal results. Cogent Legal integrates the legal expertise of a successful trial attorney with the creative and technical talent of a design firm. Services provided include animations, informational graphics, medical illustrations, multimedia slide-based presentations, case consulting and trial support. Please see "what we do" http://www.cogentlegal.com/what-we-do.

Cogent Legal's integrated approach toward case preparation involves helping attorneys identify all key issues and developing engaging, easy-to-understand and legally admissible visual presentations that tell the story of the case.

Owner Morgan C. Smith has 17 years of litigation and trial experience focused on all aspects of complex litigation including Labor Code, UCL and CRLA class action cases, products liability, serious injury and death cases. His design team produces state-of-the-art 2D and 3D presentations, animations, multimedia PowerPoints, medical illustrations, videos and other types of visual aids to enhance counsel's oral and written arguments.

Morgan was partner and founder of a premier San Francisco plaintiff litigation firm, The Arns Law Firm, where he tried over fifteen cases, obtaining verdicts between $1 million to $21 million, and settled over 100 cases with values in excess of $1 million.

Bar Admissions

Member, CA State Bar

Education

University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law

Professional Associations & Memberships

Alumni Board, McGeorge School of Law (2011-present)

Board of Directors, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (2005-2007)

Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (1998-present)

Member, Consumer Attorneys of California (1998-present)

Attorney Coach, Piedmont High School Mock Trial Team (2010-present)

Member, Stagebridge Theater Co. of Oakland Board of Directors (2010-present)

Associate Editor, Forum Magazine (2001-2005)

Honors and Awards

Voted one of the "Best Courtroom Presentation Providers" in The Recorder 2012 poll

AV Rating Martindale-Hubbell for highest ability and highest ethics

Elected Super Lawyers in Northern California through peer review (2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010)

Areas of Practice
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Exhibits
  • Trial Consulting
Number of Attorneys

Sole Practitioner

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