Dan Cogdell, Principal and Founder

images-2-2As a Principal and Founder, Dan Cogdell has been trial counsel in nearly 300 jury trials in over sixteen different States. His experience as a trial attorney includes verdicts of “Not Guilty” in the Enron matter, the Branch Davidian Trial, the trial of alternative cancer treatment physician Dr. Stanislaw Burzinski. He likewise obtained the acquittal of Judge John Peavy, Jr. in the Houston City Hall Scandal case. His contemporaries have frequently called Mr. Cogdell “A  Texas Trial Legend”.

Mr. Cogdell’s success in a multitude of Courtrooms across the country has been well documented. His peers have recognized him as one of the “Best Lawyers In America” since 1996. He has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” for over a decade. The Harris County Criminal Lawyer’s Association voted him as “Lawyer Of The Year.” He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and is consistently rated as one of the top White Collar Criminal Defense lawyers in the Country.

dan@cogdell-law.com

Education

  •  J.D., with Highest Honors, 1982. South Texas College of Law
  •  B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1979.

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  • State Bar of Texas
  • The U.S. Supreme Court
  • The United States District Court for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Fifth Circuit

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Mr. Cogdell is a frequent lecturer and speaker. He has lectured and spoken for a variety of organizations and institutions including:

  • The State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Dallas County Bar Association
  • South Texas College of Law
  • University of Houston Law Center
  • Texas Tech School of Law
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • Harvard Law School
  • Dan Cogdell: Recent Speeches (Click to View)

Public Appearances and Media

Mr. Cogdell has made multiple appearances in the local, national and worldwide media including:

  • NBC Nightly News
  • Dateline NBC
  • 20/20
  • Larry King Show
  • Good Morning America
  • The Today Show
  • Court TV
  • Nancy Grace
  • American Justice
  • BBC