Dan Cotter

Dan Cotter

Dan Cotter

A native of Northern Virginia, Dan Cotter graduated from Boston College in 1981. After graduating from B.C., Dan served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps from 1981 through 1982, teaching and working with children in underserved neighborhoods in Washington D.C. Following that, Dan enrolled in George Mason University School of Law graduating in 1985. He currently resides in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where he has been active in church, school, and youth sports activities. In 2005, Dan was presented with the Liberty Bell Award from The American Bar Association for his service to the community by teaching middle school students about our nation’s legal system.

Dan is licensed to practice in Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He also maintains membership in various Federal Courts within those jurisdictions.

Over the years, Dan has developed a wide variety of experience representing clients in the areas of medical malpractice, wrongful death, serious injury, nursing home neglect and abuse, neglect and abuse of the developmentally disabled, school abuse, premises liability, products liability, automobile negligence, dental malpractice, legal malpractice, other professional liability, insurance coverage, and other miscellaneous negligence based actions. He has tried numerous jury, bench, and arbitration trials in various state and federal courts, and has handled appeals before various state and federal appellate courts. Today, Dan focuses his practice predominantly on representation of victims of wrongful death, catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse and neglect. He also represents the developmentally disabled in school, neglect, and institutional abuse cases.

Invited to author a portion of a Virginia Continuing Legal Education practice manual regarding medical malpractice actions, Dan has also been asked to speak at various continuing legal education functions in Virginia, Georgia, and Delaware over the years. Dan has been involved in civil litigation for nearly 30 years as a Trial Attorney in private practice (1985-1990) (2000-present), and with the St. Paul Insurance Companies as a Trial / Managing Attorney (1990-1997), Regional Managing Attorney (1995-1996), and Regional Medical Claim Manager (1997-2000). Dan’s experience on the defense side and in the insurance industry has made him a more insightful victim’s attorney and provides him with a keen understanding of the interworking of insurance companies.

A trained mediator and arbitrator, Dan served at one time as a volunteer Neutral Case Evaluator for the Fairfax County (Virginia) Circuit Court and was at one time registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution to handle general mediation, arbitration, and early neutral case evaluation.


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Professional Affiliations:

Dan is also a current or past member of various other professional organizations, including:

  • American Bar Association
  • DeKalb County Bar Association
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association for Conflict Resolution

Education

  • George Mason University, J.D. - 1985
  • Boston College, B.A. - 1981