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Mark C. Cogan

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Portland, OR

Mark C. Cogan, PC
1500 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 780
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-827-8092
Fax: 503-208-3410
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2012, 2016 - 2022
Licensed in Oregon Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
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OUR LAW FIRM CONTINUES TO SERVE CLIENTS DESPITE THE COVID-19 CRISIS. WE SUPPORT ALL EFFORTS TO COMBAT THE PANDEMIC, AND REMAIN AVAILABLE TO SERVE. Experienced and successful criminal defense attorneys. Aggressive, creative, and experienced criminal defense. Call 503-827-8092 for a free consultation!

When he founded Mark C. Cogan, P.C., Mr. Cogan made a commitment to protect clients during their brushes with the law. He has successfully defended people against a range of criminal charges, including Ballot Measure 11 cases, drunk driving, federal crimes, white collar crimes and sex crimes. His renowned practice is based in Portland, Oregon.  Serving clients in all parts of Oregon.

From misdemeanor to felony cases, Mr. Cogan has consistently demonstrated an ability to set clients on a better path toward a brighter future. He uses aggressive discovery strategies and innovative techniques to secure case dismissals, not guilty verdicts and reduced charges. In his more than 37 years of practice, he has represented clients at nearly every level of the justice system, including arguing before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Cogan is widely respected throughout the legal community. He holds an Avvo "Superb" rating; he has earned the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; he has been included in the Super Lawyers list for many years; and he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

In 1978, Mr. Cogan earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Oregon (Honors College). He then graduated with a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 1982. In 1994, Mr. Cogan was selected to participate in the National Criminal Defense College's Summer Trial Practice Institute.

Active with a number of organizations, Mr. Cogan is a member of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Multnomah Bar Association and the Oregon State Bar.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI


13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2012, 2016 - 2022

About Mark C. Cogan

First Admitted: 1983, New York

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • CJA Assigned Counsel Program in Federal Court
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 1987
  • Oregon, 1992
  • Oregon State Bar, Committee on Uniform Criminal Jury Instructions, Committee on Attorney Advertising
  • New York, 1983

Educational Background

  • Universite de Caen, France, Rotary International Graduate Fellow, 1978 to 1979
  • National Criminal Defense College, Summer Trial Practice Institute, Macon, Georgia, 1994
  • University of Oregon, B.A., Honors: Honors College, Major: Political Science, 1978


  • The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: After a lawyer's General Ethical Standards and Legal Ability Ratings are confirmed, his/her ratings are aggregated to create an overall numeric rating for each rated Area of Practice. The numeric rating determines the Peer Review Rating, which includes a rating term and may include a Certification Mark, in Mark Cogan's case an AV® Preeminent™ 5.0. An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence., AV-Preeminent (5) Peer Review Rated Attorney, Martindale Hubbell/Lexis Nexis

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • National Criminal Defense College Certificate of Completion

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Grant High School Mock Trial Team Coach, 2000
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Office Location for Mark C. Cogan

1500 SW 1st Avenue
Suite 780
Portland, OR 97201

Phone: 503-827-8092

Fax: 503-208-3410

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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