With several decades of experience representing clients in thousands of matters, Stephen “Steve” L. Cotter promptly and efficiently handles complex litigation through all stages of conflict. He has successfully represented insurance carriers and businesses in a broad range of disputes, including automobile and marine accidents, wrongful death, products liability and catastrophic injury claims, as well as especially challenging matters related to toxic torts.
Steve is an avid advocate for his clients and will try cases to conclusion to secure a favorable outcome in the face of complex, high-stakes litigation. He has defended businesses through hundreds of jury trials and appeals in state and federal courts.
Steve began his legal career as an assistant attorney general in Georgia handling constitutional and public policy “impact” actions, which include class and mass actions. In private practice, he served as an administrative law judge (ALJ) by appointment by the governor to hear disputes related to several state departments.
He served as an adjunct professor at Emory Law School in the field of litigation, taught at the Georgia Defense Lawyers Trial Academy and has presented to various professional and industry groups on a variety of contemporary legal topics. Steve has also been extensively published, most especially in the insurance field.