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Stephen L. Cotter

Partner


Practice Areas

Bad Faith LitigationCatastrophic Injury & Wrongful DeathCommercial LitigationConstruction LawPremises LiabilityProducts LiabilityProfessional Liability

Education

Juris Doctor, cum laude, Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University


Biography

Stephen L. Cotter’s practice has evolved from litigation of Constitutional and public policy issues to include catastrophic injury, commercial litigation, products liability, coverage, bad faith, environmental, maritime, construction and employment.

He has served as appellate counsel in numerous matters in the Georgia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Georgia, as well as appearances in the Fifth, Fourth and Eleventh Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has served as an Administrative Law Judge for several state departments, and as an arbiter, mediator and early neutral evaluator in public and private ADR.

Mr. Cotter attended Mercer University and graduated with honors from the Walter F. George School of Law in 1974, where he was on the Mercer Law Review. Following graduation from law school, he served as an Assistant Attorney General for several years, representing public agencies and officers on regulatory and legislative issues and handling class action and “impact litigation” regarding a broad range of public policy issues.

Mr. Cotter has been an active member of both the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (Faculty, Trial Academy), IADC and DRI. He frequently presents to various professional and industry groups and served as an Adjunct Professor in Trial Practice at Emory Law School. He has been elected into membership of the Atlanta Lawyers Club, the “Old War Horse Society,” and the International Association of Defense Counsel. Mr. Cotter has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer by Atlanta Magazine each year since 2004 and named as part of The Best Lawyers in America since 2010, including 2016 Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year.”

Coverage publications include: Mercer Law Review, Georgia Survey Issue, (1999 to date), Cotter & Carter, “Insurance Compensation for Crime Victims,” and Georgia Bar Journal (1989) and Cotter et al., “Insurance.”


Memberships

  • Atlanta International Arbitration Society
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Old War Horse Society
  • State Bar of Georgia

Bar Admissions

Georgia


Awards & Recognitions

  • AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Preeminent for 25 years
  • Georgia Super Lawyers (2004 - present) - General Litigation
  • Georgia Best Lawyer (2010 - present) - Litigation/Insurance
  • 2016 Best Lawyers Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Atlanta
  • Georgia's Top Rated Lawyers of 2014
  • Named as one of Best Lawyers 2017 "Atlanta Best Lawyers"

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