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Mark C. Cogan

Mark Cogan Criminal attorney Portland, Oregon
Location: Portland, Oregon
Office Phone: 503-549-1077
Direct Line: 503-549-1077
Fax: 503-208-3410
Email: E-mail Me

With more than 40 years of experience defending clients on criminal charges, attorney Mark C. Cogan has developed the skills necessary to successfully protect his clients facing a wide range of situations. From DUII defense to Ballot Measure 11 cases, Mr. Cogan is not afraid to take on even the toughest challenges. Our practice prides itself on the exceptional service we offer our clients, keeping them informed and involved while pursuing the most effective legal strategy possible.

Our Attorney

Mark C. Cogan is a 1982 graduate of the prestigious New York University School of Law, and has had his own practice for more than a quarter century. Previously, he worked in New York as a trial lawyer for the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division, where he received extensive felony trial experience. Cogan also worked for the Narcotics Defense Unit in New York, developing aggressive discovery approaches, innovative investigation techniques, and trial strategies. He has argued cases at nearly every level in his 40 years of service, including the United States Supreme Court.

In addition, Cogan worked as a law clerk for the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), served as a member of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy, and coached the Grant High School Mock Trial Team in Portland.

Supplemental Experience:

  • Coach, Grant High School Mock Trial Team, 1997 to 1998, Portland, Oregon.
  • Member, Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear policy, 1982 to 1987, New York, New York.
    Member, Board of Directors; Chair, Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Project. Author of model legislation and legal commentary.
  • Law clerk, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, 1981, New York, New York.
  • Wrote briefs and memoranda on Federal civil rights litigation, including death penalty, Title VII, school desegregation, prisoners’ rights, and attorneys fees awards.
  • Lobbyist, Oregon Student Lobby and Associated Students of the University of Oregon, 1975 to 1977, Eugene, Oregon.
    Lobbyist at the Oregon Legislature and Oregon State Board of Higher Education on behalf of student concerns.


  • National Criminal Defense College, Summer Trial Practice Institute, Macon, Georgia, 1994.
  • Universite de Caen, France, Rotary International Graduate Fellow, 1978 to 1979.
  • Washington High School, Portland, Oregon (Class President and Student Body President), 1970 to 1974.
  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. – 1982
  • University of Oregon
    • B.A. – 1978
    • Honors: Honors College
    • Major: Political Science

Areas of Practice

  • Ballot Measure 11 Crimes
  • Criminal Law
  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • Major Sex Crimes
  • White Collar Crimes

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1983
  • Oregon, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Multnomah Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Criminal Defense Division, Legal Aid Society, New York, New York, 1988 – 1997
  • Narcotics Defense Unit, New York, New York, Member, 1988 – 1997
  • Ezra, O’Connor, Moon & Tam, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1987
  • Parker, Chapin, Flattau & Klimpl, New York, New York, 1986 – 1987
  • Legal Aid Society Criminal Appeals Bureau, New York, New York, 1982 – 1986
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, New York, New York, Law Clerk, 1981

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