When Results Matter Most, Contact The Cogdell Law Firm
The Cogdell Law Firm, is a time-honored and distinct member of the criminal defense community serving individuals and entities accused of criminal offenses on both state and federal levels. Few criminal defense law firms can equal the commitment and professionalism of the Cogdell Law Firm; fewer still can match our record of results in intricate criminal defense litigation.
With intense concentration on white collar crime, our firm focuses on criminal defense. We do not take on a high volume of cases. Instead, we strive for greater connectivity with our clients, focusing on attention to detail and a highly personal method of client representation.
For almost 30 years, Dan Cogdell has been recognized as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the state of Texas. He has tried over 275 jury trials in 16 different states and in more than 45 jurisdictions.
An exceptional breadth of legal skill has brought Dan to successfully defend clients against not only accusations of "traditional crimes" like murder and sexual assault, but also more complex prosecutions like white collar crimes, health care fraud, environmental crime, and banking and securities fraud.
Dan has achieved courtroom success that is both significant and noteworthy. The Houston Chronicle describes his typical trial scene, "Cogdell gave a passionate closing argument that choked up even jaded lawyers in the audience. [His client] called him her hero. Other attorneys called him brilliant. No one called him boring."
Dan has won a multitude of high-profile cases. He earned unlikely and difficult acquittals in the Branch Davidian trial, the fraud trial of leading alternative-treatment cancer physician Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski; the Enron Nigerian Barge trial, where he gained the further distinction of achieving the only acquittal of any Enron defendant in trial; and the Houston City Hall bribery scandal. Other notable victories include the acquittal of Sgt. Robert Nesteroff, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotics Enforcement Section; the acquittal of Dan Stinger in the "Operation Lightning Strike," the federal sting and fraud prosecution at NASA; and the acquittal of New Orleans City Attorney Sal Anzelmo in a federal bribery and corruption trial.
Recently, Dan Cogdell defended a Marine accused of fatally stabbing a Rice University basketball player during an altercation outside a College Station bar in which the defendant, Ronald Andrew Johnson Jr., was charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A Brazos County jury found Johnson not guilty after being convinced that Johnson acted in defense of his "Marine brother's" life.
The Houston Chronicle cites Dan's comments post-trial, "At the end of the day, this case was just riddled with reasonable doubt …," said Dan Cogdell, Johnson's lead defense attorney. "There were just too many holes, too many problems and too many questions, and they correctly found a reasonable doubt."
Currently, Dan represents Laura Pendergest-Holt, the Chief Investment Officer at Stanford Financial Group and the first executive charged in the massive SEC investigation of fraudulence at R. Allen Stanford's financial companies.
Contact The Cogdell Law Firm
Call The Cogdell Law Firm, at 713-426-2244 or contact us online to arrange a consultation with Houston's 2011 White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year as named by the Best Lawyers in America. We seek out and aggressively defend even the most challenging criminal charges.