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The Cogent Legal Offices
Oakland, CA
350 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza #602
Oakland, CA 94612
Sacramento, CA
8801 Folsom Blvd. #220
Sacramento, CA 95826
Telluride, CO
3130 Last Dollar Rd.
Telluride, CO 81320
Senior Staff
Morgan Smith

Morgan Smith

Founder & CEO

Morgan Smith thrives at the juncture of law and art. With over 17 years of experience as an attorney litigating high-value cases, he combined his litigation background with strong creative and visual communication skills to found Cogent Legal. Now he helps other attorneys hone their strategies and translate their stories into compelling and creative visuals for trial.

Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker

Co-Executive Director - Sacramento

Andrew is the Co-Executive Director of the Sacramento office, and brings almost 15 years of experience as an attorney to the job. Andrew was the founding member of Focused Decisions, and developed a successful nationwide practice in mock trial work. Andrew and Deep now head this department for Cogent Legal.

Deep Athwal

Deep Athwal

Co-Executive Director - Sacramento

Deep has almost 15 years of experience as an attorney, and developed an expertise in the art of mock trials over the last few years at Focused Decisions, before joining Cogent Legal. Deep brings an extensive knowledge of combining compelling visuals and themes to test your case in a mock trial, and then provides the analysis afterward for trial preparation.

Michael Kelleher

Michael Kelleher

Litigation Consultant

As a graphics consultant and trial technician, Mike provides courtroom presentations, custom litigation graphics, e-briefs, and trial strategy consulting. Mike works side-by-side with litigators in court and trial war rooms, using his technological expertise and his 16 years of experience litigating complex business and intellectual property cases. Mike is a registered patent attorney and a former nuclear submarine officer.
David Filippini

David Filippini

General Manager, Creative Director

David has over 10 years of professional expertise within architecture, environmental graphics, and industrial design, and is uniquely equipped to analyze/visualize the built environment. He puts himself in the shoes of clients, juries, and judges to understand their needs and perspectives, then reinterprets the case to create compelling graphics in all phases of litigation.

Audrey Murray

Audrey Murray

Director of Public Relations

Audrey Murray joined Cogent Legal in 2014. She brought over 19 years of experience in the legal field, both as a paralegal and consultant. Audrey focuses on building client relationships and helping clients articulate and visualize their cases to create the most compelling graphics.

Matthew Ritter

Matthew Ritter

Senior Animator

Matthew brings with him over 9 years of 3D production, and design expertise. Matthew’s thoughtful approach to design details are created using the highest levels of technology. With these techniques, he is able to achieve real-world accuracy.

Ryan Nichols-Roy

Ryan Nichols-Roy

Marketing Director

Ryan brings over 15 years of experience in the digital marketing industry to the Cogent Legal team. With a deep passion for photography, videography, graphic design, and web development, Ryan excels at simplifying the message and perfecting the presentation.

Jessica Weisman

Jessica Weisman

Director of Medical Illustration

With a degree in Medical Illustration, Jessica heads up the Medical Illustration and Animation Department at Cogent Legal and is an expert in creating all kinds of high-quality, anatomically accurate images for your case. 

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What we do

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It's no secret that going to trial is one of the most stressful and intimidating experiences that an attorney will face.

At Cogent Legal, we craft high-quality demonstrative graphics designed to help you explain your case. We have decades of combined experience in creating persuasive trial exhibits for use in openings, closing, and witness examinations. Cogent Legal also provides strategic case consulting and trial support. In myriad ways, our team helps attorneys prepare and present their cases for maximum results with minimum stress. We specialize in creating artful and persuasive graphics meant to complement each case’s own unique story. 

What is said is not always understood. That is reason alone to incorporate compelling visual concepts into your case narrative. We also provide counsel and strategic guidance in areas of admissibility, design, tactics for presentation, interpreting legal issues, and other nuances. In addition to our design and consulting practice areas, we also offer in-court technology services, pre-trial support, mock trials, and focus groups. We pride ourselves in creating a boutique, client-focused experience, with the capability to handle any sized case.

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