5.0 stars 46 totalReview Mark Cogan
Posted by PDX Businessman
10 years ago I had a business deal go horribly wrong which I tried to resolve on my own. It ended with criminally charges against me when the cops arrested me without fully investigating the facts and the DA initially went along and piled on a series of serious charges. I realized I needed representation and sought out the "best defense attorney in Oregon" Mr Cogan was recommended to me and he a great job on my case. Unfortunately, the state did not drop all their charges against me, but because of his personal relationships with the DA, and defense experience, he got me the best deal possible, which ended up in only misdemeanor convictions. In a Hollywood movie my case would have been dismissed to the cheers of a packed courtroom, but in real life the DA and the cops are never going to admit they did anything wrong, and as hard as it was to hear, Mark gave me the best advice and representation possible. He got my charges reduced, and also helped me prepare myself so that when I did plead guilty to the reduced charges, the judge gave me the minimal sentence. Although it was unfortunate to have a conviction on my record I stayed in contact with Mark and 10 years later (required in Oregon) Mark most recently helped get the conviction expunged. Again, his personal relationships with the court and state officials was a factor in making this happen in my favor. Mark has always been fantastic about answering my calls, emails and several times I have called him after hours or on the weekend expecting to leave a message and had him personally answer my call and give me the time needed to address my concern. His number is programmed in my speed dial and committed to my memory because even though I never expect to have any criminal issues again, this experience taught me that the system is far from fair and your best chance in getting a fair result is to have a good attorney. As I said, Mark Cogan is the best defense attorney in Oregon and I strongly recommend him should you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing his service. One last note, while this review has mostly focused on his professional abilities, Mark is also a very nice and caring person, I have really appreciated getting to know him and count him as one of the most influential people I know. He has excellent character and his prices are also very fair considering the quality of his representation.
Posted by Laura
I came to Mark for assistance at the onset of an investigation that did not result in charges for quite some time; Mark was very knowledgeable and helpful from the beginning, and we were ultimately able to reach an agreement that only a skilled and well-respected attorney would be able to secure, given my situation.
From our initial meeting onward, I was given realistic expectations of the potential outcomes of my case, and I was kept informed in a timely manner of developments or discussions with the DA's office. I was also given sound advice when deciding whether a trial or a plea offer would be the best option in my case.
I would highly recommend Mark for any criminal defense matters, as he is up to date with his knowledge of changing property crime legislation and the general workings of the criminal court system in Oregon.
Posted by FGA
Based on my experience working with Mark and his team, I highly recommend him. In 2011 Mark successfully represented me in a motion to set aside a conviction for possession of controlled substance in Oregon. I chose him after consulting with a total of three lawyers on their legal interpretation of the case and cost for their services. Mark noticed details about my case and their potential significance that the other two lawyers completely overlooked, and his fees were lower as well. Mark and his team kept me informed throughout the process and made filing the motion a simple matter.
When the DA opposed my request for expungement, Mark successfully argued the case to a judge and won the motion, removing this conviction from my record. He did all this without my needing to appear in court. I was extremely impressed with his intelligence and legal knowledge, and with the customer service he and his team provided. I would recommend him without reservation to anyone planning to seek an expungement.
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Mr. Cogan represented me in an application/petition for relief from sex offender registration responsibilities here in Oregon. I had served my time in another state many years ago, but recently moved to Oregon. I was required to register in the other state as well as Oregon, which I did conscientiously. Mr. Cogan advised me after a thorough review of my court and rehabilitation documents, that I met the criteria in Oregon to apply for relief from the registration requirement. He did superb legal research and preparation before the hearing. Thanks to Mark, everyone agreed with my rehabilitative efforts, and that I wasn't a danger to society. At the hearing he was persistant in his legal arguments, and I was able to receive a positive outcome.
Posted by Margaret
Mark did a great job representing my family and me through a very tough case and was very helpful in getting a great result and making sure that everything was taken care of. He was very efficient and tactful and always seemed like he knew what he was doing!!! I would highly recommend him to anyone who had a difficult case who needed some good help and representation.
Posted by M
Finding yourself on the wrong side of the law is positively terrifying--the arrest, the handcuffs, the mugshot, the fingerprints, the 5-hour lockup, the formal charges . . . need I say more? Every step is excruciating. Your life is upside down, and it is phenomenally challenging to think clearly.
At this juncture you need the best Criminal Defense Attorney available, one who is equally adept at providing a defense as well as an offense. Mark Cogan does both, and he does so vigorously, aggressively and methodically. Mark understands and maintains the proper balance of defense and offense with a laser focus. If you think this sounds important, you are completely accurate. It is so critically important, in fact, that it is the difference between success and failure.
I cannot recommend Mark Cogan more highly.
Posted by Dave
Mr. Cogan obtained for me, an Expungement of my criminal record.
The research required, far exceeded his expectation. Yet the service was completed for the compensation agreed upon at the outset.
I am Very Grateful for the efforts he made on my behalf.
If there were a category for, Most Excellent! I would have marked it.
Posted by Robb
Mark took a real interest in both me and my case. He made a profound difference in my future, and I would not hesitate to recommened him to anyone who might need his services! Thanks Mark!
Posted by Jesse
Mr. Cogan did not adequately inform me of the plea bargain that was offered by the state, resulting in me going to prison for over six years instead of nine months the state offered.
Posted by Kim
Mr. Cogan assisted my son to expunge his felony criminal records. My son was barely 18 when he committed these offenses. He learned a very hard lesson as a result of his actions. Mr. Cogan successfully defended him to get his records expunged. He responded to my questions and concerns even during weekends and during his vacation. His dedication to serving and defending his clients are extraordinary. Now my son can move on with his life after 10 years of suffering from a criminal records. He has a good job with Apple Computers and is able to contribute his skills and talents to society. Thank you, Mark. We are grateful to your services and would highly recommend you to our friends and family members who might need your assistance and support.