White-Collar Criminal Defense

The Cogdell Law Firm is widely known for its success in handling white collar criminal defense cases. The term “white collar crime” can encompass a wide variety of different charges. Below are some examples of the types of cases we can assist with:

White collar criminal defense cases are often lengthy and complex, touching broadly on diverse aspects of the law. This gives the prosecutor more strategic options and creates potential pitfalls for inexperienced defense attorneys. Our decades of accumulated experience have helped us hone our approach to one that is most protective of your interests while remaining flexible enough to address even the most clever prosecutorial strategies.

What Is at Stake?

Being properly represented in a federal white-collar prosecution can mean protecting a business, salvaging a life savings, even avoiding decades in prison. An indictment may be the result of years of investigative work by multiple federal agents. The end product of the agents’ work often includes wiretapped phones, searches of homes or businesses, volumes of emails, and former co-workers or friends who have been converted into cooperating witnesses.

At trial, the government will typically hire expert witnesses and sponsor the testimony of cooperating persons who will be named as coconspirators to the alleged crimes. Facts might be represented in an entirely different way than you recall in efforts by a prosecutor highly motivated to obtain a conviction.

Beating the Government at Trial

Over the past 30 years, Dan Cogdell has built a proven and singular track record of success in defending white collar criminal cases. He has fought for his clients and defeated the government in some of the most important cases across Texas and across the nation. In the early 2000s, Houston was ground zero for criminal prosecutions tied to the collapse of Enron. Dan Cogdell is the only attorney who won his client’s acquittal on all charges at their first trial. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the national savings and loan crisis hit Texas, spurring what was then a groundbreaking slew of prosecutions aimed at white collar defendants. Once again, Dan went to work, representing the owner of Continental Savings and Loan to a not guilty verdict at trial. He went on to win acquittals for several other clients in subsequent years. In one case, The Oxford Funding Trial, Dan not only obtained an acquittal of all charges against his client based on Prosecutorial Misconduct, both the lead prosecutor and the lead agent for the Government were held in contempt. Cogdell has evolved into one of the best at his craft in destroying the Government’s case by simplifying complex transactions in a way that not only does the jury truly understand what happened and whereby the issues are resolved in the client’s favor.

Minimizing the Impact in the Worst Cases

We start every case with a plan to fight to the end. Depending on our careful review of the evidence and after repeated client consultations to understand the factual contours of a case, we will sometimes determine that it is in our client’s best interest to resolve the case without trial. In these cases, Dan Cogdell has subtracted years off of his clients’ sentences and saved them millions of dollars in restitution.

Dan Cogdell negotiated a 3-year sentence for the Chief Investment Officer of Stanford International Bank, a $7 billion Ponzi scheme that led to a 110-year prison sentence for its leader Allen Stanford. Significantly, Dan’s client did not have to cooperate with the government to achieve this negotiated deal.

Dan Cogdell represented a high-ranking officer at Enron and negotiated for him to keep tens of millions of dollars from restitution and forfeiture by the government. As in the Stanford case, Cogdell’s client received the lowest sentence of any of the Defendants in that matter, served less than two years, and also was not required to forfeit tens of millions of dollars. Many of his co-defendants received sentences approaching twenty years and forfeited all of their financial assets.

Mr. Cogdell and his firm offer you over three decades of experience in successfully defending white collar cases. He and his team will handle your case giving it all the attention it deserves. To arrange for an immediate consultation and evaluation, contact us today.

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