Cogdell Law Firm

Cogdell Law Firm

At the Cogdell Law Firm, our focus is to offer our clients, whether they be individuals or entities, the best possible representation. We believe that a criminal defense lawyers first obligation is to the client.

Firm Overview

We believe in hard work, diligence, passion, and dedicate the best of our skills and judgment to our clients. We do our best to convey a belief that justice may be found within a system that does not always appear to be just and that too often is not. We offer compassion, empathy and a sense of understanding to client's caught up in a new world that often they cannot fathom. We have an unflagging belief in our client's innocence or, at the very least, in their right to a fair result and an understanding that the prosecution is required to prove any and all allegations made beyond any reasonable doubt.

The lawyers at the Cogdell Law Firm carry a burden and responsibility that makes us different from other lawyers. We do not represent the accused simply because the accused deserves a defense. We represent the accused to keep the government at bay, to do everything in our power to limit the possibility of an abuse of power, and to do everything we can to make the system work. While some may think it is not, this responsibility is both our duty and obligation.

Main Office

Main Office
402 Main St., 4th FL.
Houston, TX 77002



Criminal Defense

Being charged with a criminal offense can be one of the most stressful and frightening situations anyone could experience in their lifetime.

Regardless of whether the case is a murder charge or a misdemeanor drug charge, it's important to act quickly and have an attorney fighting for you that knows the procedure, knows the law, and knows what needs to be done. Lawyers at the Cogdell Law Firm have successfully represented individuals in almost every situation imaginable from misdemeanor assault or drug possession to aggravated sexual assaults and capital murders and have the dismissals and "not guilty" verdicts to prove it.

Any criminal case, no matter how simple, has a chance of going to trial in front of a jury. When choosing a criminal defense lawyer, you need to be sure your attorney is courtroom-proven and has the experience to effectively try your case. Dan Cogdell has tried over 300 jury trials to verdict, and has been recognized as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" since 1996. Other attorneys at our firm include an award-winning appellate attorney and a former chief assistant district attorney. Every lawyer at the Cogdell Law Firm is trained to aggressively defend their clients in court. We have focused our efforts and expertise on criminal defense since our firm's inception, and simply put, no one does it better.

Dan Cogdell

Cogdell Law Firm

As a Principal and Founder, Dan Cogdell has been trial counsel in nearly 300 jury trials in over sixteen different States. His experience 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.

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

Court Admissions
-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

Speaking Engagements
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

Public Appearances and Media
Mr. Cogdell has made multiple appearances in the local, national and worldwide media including:
-NBC Nightly News
-Dateline NBC
-Larry King Show
-Good Morning America
-The Today Show
-Court TV
-Nancy Grace
-American Justice


South Texas College of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1982