Morgan C. Smith has over 23 years of experience as an attorney, with 17 of those years litigating high-value cases. He combined his litigation background with strong creative and visual communication skills to found Cogent Legal. His unique skill set enables him to strategize with other attorneys and create persuasive visuals to make their case.
Morgan’s guiding principle for any demonstrative is:
Strong Advocacy + Great Visuals = Winning Results.
Michael Kelleher is a Litigation Consultant at Cogent Legal and a registered patent attorney who helps Cogent Legal’s clients on cases involving patents, technology and high-stakes business disputes. Michael was formerly a litigation partner at Folger Levin & Kahn.
David Filippini provides artistic leadership, vision and guidance, while also achieving efficiency and productivity for Cogent’s clients.
With over 12 years of professional expertise within architecture, environmental graphics, and industrial design, he is uniquely equipped to analyze and visualize the built environment.
David puts himself in the shoes of clients, juries, and judges to understand their needs/perspectives, reinterpreting their goals to create easy-to-grasp and compelling graphics, stories and strategies.
Audrey Murray joined Cogent Legal in 2014. She brought over 18 years of experience in the legal field, both as a paralegal and consultant. Audrey focuses on building client relationships and strives to help clients articulate and visualize their cases to create the most compelling graphics.
Eskady Haile began his career as an industrial designer and technologist. He joined the Cogent Legal team of designers and graphic artists in 2015. Eskady excels at expressing strategic thinking, graphic visualization, and CAD modeling into sophisticated litigation demonstratives.
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., JAMS/Endispute
Mike and the Cogent Team’s work was excellent – crisp, clean and well thought through.
— Daralyn Durie, Durie Tangri LLP
Morgan and his staff were instrumental in communicating and displaying our trial themes to the jury in a complicated 7 week trial that would have been boring without good demonstrative aids and exhibits. Not only did Cogent assist us in presenting information to the jury in a manner that made sense, Morgan also suggested numerous arguments that resonated. Having Cogent on our trial team surely contributed to our defense verdict!
— Christopher Beeman, Clapp Moroney