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Michael P Cognata

About Me

Hey there,


I am Michael Cognata, DUI attorney.  I have been practicing successfully since 1996. 

I am a native Californian.  I am married with two children.  I enjoy running marathons and am an avid Star Trek fan. Yes...a nerd. 

I enjoy a wonderful track record in the representation of what I call my extended familiy.

We are experienced in every California Court Jurisdiction.


Languages Spoken: English, French

Practice Areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 100%
    18 years, 7 thousand cases



Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

24 total 

  • Kurt Duane Elkins

    I endorse this lawyer.I have read many of the answers given by this attorney. I can say that the answers are well done and give solid advice.


    Kurt Elkins Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Aniko R. Hoover

    I endorse this lawyer. Michael knows his stuff inside and out! If you need good results he is who you call!


    Aniko Hoover DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Legal Rights Advocates

2801 Townsgate Rd., Suite 223
Westlake Village, CA, 91361



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarLegal Rights Advocates2010
Who's Who in American Law StudentsWho's Who In American Law1995
Certificate Of MeritUnited States Congress1991
Certificate of RecognitionCalifornia Legislative Assembly1991
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Lead AttorneyThe Legal Rights Advocates1998 - Present
Judge protemVentura County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem2004 - 2012
Judge ProtemLos Angeles County Superior Courts2000 - 2004
Deputy District AttorneyVentura County District Attorney's Office1997 - 1998
Police OfficerLos Angeles Police Department1989 - 1997
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Wounded Warrior ProjectContributor2014 - Present
Better Business BureauMember2012 - Present
St. Judes Children's HospitalContributor2010 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationAttorney Member2008 - Present
Consumer Attorney AssociationAttorney Member1997 - Present
Los Angeles Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member1997 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney Member1996 - Present
Supreme Court of CaliforniaAdmitted1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member1996 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
DUI Dismissed to a speeding ticketDismissed DUI charges
DUI reduced to Dry RecklessDMV on refusal won and licensed returned to client. Case in court reduced to a non-alcohol reckless driving (Dry reckless).
Reduction to Reckless DrivingReckless Driving reduction
See all Legal Cases 
Publication NameTitleDate
California Supreme Court Amicus BriefThe catchall 40300.52004
Los Angeles Daily NewsPrison Penalties and the Mentally Ill1997
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJuris Doctor (J.D.)1995
Los Angeles Police AcademyLaw EnforcementN/A1989
California State University, NorthridgeChemistryBS - Bachelor of Science1989
California State University, NorthridgeCellular/Molecular BiologyBS - Bachelor of Science1989
ULCPhilosophyPhD - Doctorate1988
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Federal Public Defender's OfficeDUI Seminar2008
Roll Call TrainingProfessional Officer Conduct2000