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Attorney Profile

Michael P. Cognata Esq.

California State Bar #182646; Federal Bar- Central District

Mr. Cognata is the Senior Attorney for The Legal Rights Advocates. He has the most amount of relevant, government experience of any private practice DUI attorney in the entire State of California. Mr. Cognata personally reviews every police report, formulates strategy, and implementation of that strategy on absolutely every case within the firm. He will be your attorney and all of your attorney-client contacts will be with him.


  • B.S. in Cellular/Molecular Biology & Minor in Chemistry- California State University, Northridge
  • J.D. Law Degree- Southwestern University, School of Law founded 1913

Training & Experience:

  • Former Police Officer- Los Angeles Police Department
  • Former Deputy District Attorney (prosecutor)
  • Temporary Judge Trained
  • Over 1000 cases dismissed/reduced
  • 'Who's Who' Nominated
  • Trained Police Officers, Deputy District Attorneys and Federal Public Defender's Office in DUI prosecution & Police procedures.

Awards & Accolades:

  • Appreciation from The Federal Public Defender's Office of Los Angeles- Mr. Cognata was asked to author and administer training on all aspects of DUI defense.
  • Who's Who- Recipient in regard to the study of law
  • Recognition for Excellence- United States House of Representatives
  • Recognition for Excellence- Los Angeles Police Department
  • Recognition for Excellence- United States Senate
  • Recognition for Excellence- California State Legislature
  • Recognition for Excellence- City of Los Angeles
  • Recognition for Excellence- County of Los Angeles
  • Acknowledgment of Character & Abilities- California Supreme Court Associate Justice Armand Arabian (ret.)

Professional Associations:

  • Member of The California State Bar
  • Member of The Federal Bar Central District
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of The Consumer Attorneys Association, formerly the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Member Certified to Practice- California State Supreme Court

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