News, views and tips on litigation graphics, trial strategy and the law.

PowerPoint Skills for Litigators – Free Webinar Wed. 10/8 at Noon Pacific

PowerPoint logo with flareLitigators use (and misuse) PowerPoint more than any other presentation tool. At Cogent Legal, we often help litigators with PowerPoint, and now we plan to share some of our PowerPoint secrets for litigators in a free webinar. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at noon Pacific, and you can register by clicking here.PowerPoint Skills for LitigatorsIn the webinar, we’ll start with a blank PowerPoint screen and finish with a polished timeline slide. Along the way, we’ll learn how to create and edit master slides and slide layouts, how to draw and edit simple objects in PowerPoint, and how to create and use images of your evidence in your PowerPoint presentation. The webinar will be live, so I’ll answer questions as we go along. If you need CLE credit, please note that we’ll be submitting this webinar to the State Bar of California for approval for continuing legal education credit. Click here to register.

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Tips for Better Presenting Photographs in Court

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Well-presented photographs are powerful tools for litigators. In this post, I'll share some samples that show how we've helped litigators use photographs in court, along with a number of tips for getting the most from your photographs in … [Continue reading]

Best Courtroom Presentation Provider, Once Again

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We're honored and thankful that The Recorder has recognized Cogent Legal as "Best Courtroom Presentation Provider" in its 2014 Annual Survey. This is the second year in a row that Cogent received the honor. If you're one of the people that voted … [Continue reading]

How Storyboards Helped Win a Multimillion-Dollar Verdict

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A recent case Cogent Legal worked on highlights how storyboards can be a great option for your case presentation. The name "storyboard" comes from animated movies where the entire plot of a movie is made in images, generally drawn by hand, … [Continue reading]

Beautiful Graphs of Large Data Sets for Litigation

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Numbers, and the interpretation of numbers, play a big role in litigation. Presenting numerical data in court often requires a good graph of the numbers to show changes and trends in the numbers. Litigators or litigants may be able to make simple … [Continue reading]

Step by Step Development of an Animation That Helps Settle a Case

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We all know the power of a well-done animation in front of a jury. Such animations can help visually explain concepts in moments instead of in hours. However, they can also be instrumental in settling a case. This fact was true in a recent case … [Continue reading]

Remote Tech Help for Busy Attorneys


"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke I’ve recently been using a cool new tool at Cogent Legal, remote conferencing software from Adobe Connect. The software allows me to share computer screens … [Continue reading]

The Need for Animations to Show Injury in PI Cases

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At Cogent Legal, we create graphics to visually convey concepts for business cases, patent cases, employment and more. One the most useful things we do, in my view as a former litigator who handled numerous PI cases, is create animations that show in … [Continue reading]

Supreme Court Creates Copyright Uncertainty in Aereo Decision

In today’s 6-3 ABC v. Aereo decision, the Supreme Court made a mess of copyright law and sowed uncertainty for technology companies by trying to plug a loophole. As Justice Scalia put it in his dissent, the Court put in place "an improvised standard … [Continue reading]

Supreme Court: Computer-Implemented Abstract Ideas Were Not Patent Eligible

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Today, the Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision limiting the scope of software patents in the case of Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank. In the opinion, a unanimous court held that the patent claims involved the abstract concept of … [Continue reading]