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Electronic Measuring Data - Proper Digital Discovery

Proper Digital Discovery, Part II: Electronic Measuring Data

This post is the second in a series looking at modern day discovery technology and how to use it within litigation. In my previous article, we started the discussion with digital imagery and issues surrounding how best to obtain it. This post will focus on electronic measuring data technology. Part

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Courts Reopening

California Courts – Latest Updates

Dear Clients and Friends, Yesterday the San Francisco Superior Court posted guidelines for restoring operations at San Francisco’s courts. We are attaching the link HERE for your convenience. Listed below, we have provided some quick tips for entering the building(s) as well as some important things to know. The basic,

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Litigating Despite COVID-19

Litigating Despite COVID-19

Cogent Legal is proud to be hosting a weekly webcast on YouTube entitled “Litigating Despite COVID-19” for the Litigation Section of the California Lawyers Association. Through this webcast, the Litigation Section plans to bring you relevant and up-to-date information on the ongoing pandemic and its effects on the legal community,

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How to See Your Case Visually

Every day we become more and more accustomed to receiving important information in short doses punctuated by striking visuals. Almost all of us carry around smartphones that deliver information in quick and often visually beautiful digital soundbites, but the legal world has stubbornly remained mostly analog. There are many reasons

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A Visual Script Ties Together Your Words and Images for Opening and Closing Argument

The best presenters integrate their spoken words and visual images. To achieve this, the attorney delivering an opening or closing argument must know what slide comes up next, and what she should say before and with the slide. While PowerPoint has an area for entering presenter notes, I often work with attorneys who are more comfortable with a written script. That script becomes more powerful and useful when it includes images of the slides that will be coming up. This enhanced script is what I call a Visual Script.

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Morgan Smith

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Morgan C. Smith, president and founder of Cogent Legal, is an attorney who litigated complex, high-value cases for almost two decades.

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Michael Kelleher

Michael Kelleher is a registered patent attorney and former partner at the firm of Folger Levin & Kahn where he litigated IP and complex business cases for 16 years.

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Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker is the Co-Executive Director of the Sacramento office, and an attorney with many years' experience in mock trial work.

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Deep Athwal

Deep Athwal is Co-Executive Director in Sacramento, and also an attorney with extensive mock trial experience.

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