• Evan Smith

    Managing Partner, Cogent Law Group

    Entrepreneur, Electrical Engineer & Intellectual Property Attorney

    Evan Smith is a serial entrepreneur who is also an attorney, electrical engineer, MBA holder, and a sound engineering expert. Evan has started and founded multiple companies including ones with international reach. He is a licensed intellectual property attorney with decades of experience in all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret protection activities and strategies.

  • Entrepreneurial and Legal Overview:

    Formerly the head of the IP practice group for the main technology office of a large international law firm, he has advised executives on worldwide IP protection and enforcement and built valuable patent portfolios for major U.S. and international companies. His IP litigation experience includes patent prosecution in the medical, electronic, computer, and mechanical arts industries and the successful enforcement of a key power-over-ethernet patent, which ultimately generated $38 million in royalties.


    Evan was also general counsel for Autoscribe Corporation, as well as the CEO and Counsel of Eye Controls LLC, Senior Counsel at Blank Rome, Senior Counsel at Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox, General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of EyeTicket Corp., a Partner of Greenberg Traurig, and Partner of Sixbey Friedman Leedom & Ferguson.

  • Education

    Georgetown University - The McDonough School of Business


    MBA, 1986 - 1990

    • Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

    Georgetown University Law Center


    JD, 1986 - 1990

    • Associate Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
    • Order of the Coif

    Kettering University


    BS Electrical Engineering, 1981-1986

  • Professional Experience

    Managing Partner

    Assisting entrepreneurs and fast-growing companies with business formation, intellectual property protection, negotiating and closing joint development and marketing agreements, licenses, sales and service agreements, leases, and capital investment transactions.

    General Counsel

    2010 - 2014

    Autoscribe is a financial information and transaction processing company that holds key patents for electronic payment processes used throughout the industry. As General Counsel, I dealt with a full range of legal topics, including negotiating complex partnership, lease, and licensing agreements, employment issues, corporate and employee compliance, and intellectual property development, defense and enforcement.

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