Mark Basurto, Attorney Manager of CogentEdge, has over 23 years of litigation and courtroom experience. He has tried over 50 jury trials and handled hundreds of evidentiary hearings in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration with the American Arbitration Association, the National Association of Securities Dealers and JAMS. He brings to CogentEdge significant experience representing a variety of different professionals in malpractice cases and representing both publicly and privately held companies in high stakes litigation. From his diverse experience, Mr. Basurto understands that even the most sophisticated professionals who get sued have difficulty speaking their truth because of fear, anxiety or a misunderstanding of the litigation process. As a result, his current witness preparation practice is focused on empowering professionals with the skills and confidence needed to take command of their own testimony and ultimately drive the case to a successful result. Mr. Basurto has attained an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the highest level of professional excellence. He is a Florida Super Lawyer (2013 through 2017) in the practice area of Professional Liability and was previously named to Florida’s “Legal Elite.” He is a former shareholder of Bush Ross in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from Emory University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Florida and Georgia.
Michael Gross is an AV® Martindale-Hubbell Rated Attorney and Southwest Super Lawyer (2009 to 2015) and has litigated high profile Defense and Plaintiff cases for 34 years. He was Plaintiff’s co-counsel in a $54 Million Dollar verdict award and other Multi-Million Dollar recovery cases. As a principal in Dines and Gross PC, he litigated major insurance defense cases for companies such as Safeco and Liberty Mutual and at the same time litigated large exposure cases on behalf of severely injured or deceased Plaintiffs. Michael is now the Founder and Managing Director of CogentEdge, the national leader in strategic witness preparation. CogentEdge’s affiliated attorneys utilize a highly structured, disciplined process to prepare witnesses for litigation testimony. This methodology gives defense clients the actual experience of testifying and the opportunity to develop their own unique testifying skills in advance of the actual deposition or trial. As a result, clients are able to develop the tools and emotional strength they will need to testify clearly, confidently and truthfully. This unique approach has proven to significantly reduce or eliminate liability exposure. CogentEdge is now regularly retained by the leading national defense lawyers, the largest insurance carriers and prominent law firms on a regular ongoing basis.
Michelle Putvin spent almost twenty years as a Paramedic providing prehospital emergency medical services in the city of Detroit, Michigan, and its surrounding suburbs. After moving to Florida she collaborated in the development of a Critical Care transport program before accepting a position in a Level II Trauma Center and Emergency Department. Subsequently, Ms. Putvin obtained her Juris Doctor, cum laude, with a Certificate of Concentration in Elder Law from Stetson University College of Law. After obtaining her law degree she joined a respected Tampa medical malpractice firm. She focused her legal practice on the defense of healthcare providers and hospitals in both administrative actions as well as malpractice actions. As a result of this diverse background, Ms. Putvin brings the unique ability to see the litigation process from the medical professional’s point of view. Ms. Putvin appreciates that most medical professionals who get sued are experiencing a crisis that they can’t resolve on their own and this prevents them from communicating their truth. Her current witness preparation practice is devoted to managing this crisis and helping the witness develop the confidence needed to effectively communicate their truth.
Monty R. Warren has over 30 years of experience trying complex, high exposure cases on behalf of physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice cases. Mr. Warren brings a unique perspective to CogentEdge because many of his own clients were prepared for their depositions and for trial by CogentEdge contracted attorneys. As a result, Mr. Warren was able to see CogentEdge’s process transform his clients into better witnesses, and he fully understands how and why the process works. Mr. Warren’s experience includes obtaining numerous defense verdicts on claims alleging medical negligence and he has successfully prosecuted motions leading to the dismissal of fraudulent claims brought against physicians. Mr. Warren was formerly the Managing Partner of the West Palm Beach, Florida office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, PA. He has achieved an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating afforded for legal ability and ethical standards from the confidential opinions of the Bar and the Judiciary. As a result of his unique experience, Mr. Warren is exceptionally well positioned to prepare defendants in high exposure cases for deposition and trial.
Sarah Greenwood has over 15 years of experience trying medical malpractice, bad faith, product liability, and drug and medical device cases on behalf of her clients. Even before working with CogentEdge, Ms. Greenwood was always quick to identify the emotional burdens that prevented some of her clients from defending themselves during their depositions, and she recognized the need to address and relieve those emotional burdens before they testified. Her own practice and experience made her a natural at using CogentEdge’s PowerWitness™ Process to transform her clients into better witnesses. Ms. Greenwood has served as the Managing Partner of Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone, P.A. in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has been a Mid-South Super Lawyer every year since 2013 and was this year honored as one of The Best Lawyers in America. Ms. Greenwood has achieved an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating afforded for legal ability and ethical standards from the confidential opinions of the Bar and the Judiciary. Ms. Greenwood’s background, training, and experience give her the tools to prepare professionals in a variety of industries for deposition and trial.