Practice Expertise

  • Products Liability Law
  • Appellate Law
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Law
  • Litigation
  • Products Liability Law
  • Real Estate


Efrat M. Cogan is certified as an Appellate Specialist by the California State Bar of Legal Specialization. As detailed below, she has handled appeals before a variety of courts and on a wide range of subjects, including land use, real estate disputes, probate matters, sports law, commercial law, products liability and employment law.

In addition to appellate work, Ms. Cogan’s practice involves litigation in various areas, including the following:  land use disputes, real estate litigation, including construction litigation, nuisance litigation, and easement litigation.  Having previously represented both municipalities and developers, she has experience in governmental and constitutional law.  She also has experience with commercial litigation, sports law, copyright litigation and class action litigation.

Ms. Cogan has written “Executive Nonacquiescence: Problems of Statutory Interpretation and Separation of Powers,” 60 Southern California Law Review 1143, 1987. She has contributed to the California Municipal Law Handbook, published by the California League of Cities, and has co-authored “The ‘Empire’ Strikes Back: Effective Use of the False Claims Act” (2005).  She has written articles for the Business Law News relating to unfair competition claims, and health law.

Ms. Cogan has been selected by Super Lawyer Magazine as one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers from 2004-2006 and 2008-2023 and was included in “Top 50 Women in Law” of Southern California. She was also recognized by Super Lawyer Magazine as a Southern California Super Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Edition from 2009 to 2010. Ms. Cogan currently serves on the California State Bar’s Advisory Commission.

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • USC Gould School of Law
  • University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Law
  • Litigation
  • Products Liability Law
  • Real Estate

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

9th Circuit

Ochoa v. Housing Authority (2002) (unpubl.) Affirming dismissal of Federal §1983 and RICO claims and award of Rule 11 sanctions against counsel.

California Supreme Court

Saeizler v. Advanced Group 200 (2001) 25 Ca.4th 763

Fairmont Ins. Co. v. Sup. Ct. (2000) 22 Cal.4th 245

City of West Hollywood v. Beverly Towers, Inc. (1991) 52 Cal.3d 1184

Court of Appeal

Wimsatt v. Superior Court (2007) 152 Cal.App.4th 137

Williams v. Housing Authority (2004) 121 Cal.App.4th 708

Van Wagner Communications, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles (2000) 84 Cal.App.4th 499

Cawdry v. City of Redondo Beach (1993) 15 Cal.App.4th 1212

Abramson v. City of West Hollywood (1992) 7 Cal.App.4th 1121

Getz v. City of West Hollywood (1991) 233 Cal.App.3d 625

B.C.X. International, Inc., USA v. Y-III Holdings, Inc. (unpubl), affirming judgment and sanctions award

Buccat v. Anaheim Gen. Hosp. (2004) (unpubl.) Affirming dismissal of wrongful termination action.

Jordan Downs Resident Mgmt. Corp. v. Childs (2002) (unpubl.) Affirming grant of anti-SLAPP motion to strike complaint.

Hacienda Pools, Inc. v. Anthony/Sylvan Pools (2001) (unpubl.) Affirming summary judgment on anti-trust action.


Additional Articles
  • New Labor Code Section Prevents Employers from Using Out-of-State Choice of Laws Provisions in Contracts with California Employees
  • O’Neil v. Crane: The Supreme Court’s Most Recent Pronouncement Concerning if and When a Manufacturer is Liable for Components Used in or in Connection with its Product

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