University of California, Hastings College of Law
(Snodgrass Award, Best Oral Advocate 1971)
University of Santa Clara
District of Columbia 1975 (currently inactive)
Mr. Cotton is experienced in all phases of civil litigation, including trials, arbitrations and appeals before the federal and state courts of California, and other federal jurisdictions.
He represents clients chiefly in the financial services industries, including banks, insurance companies, securities and commodity futures broker-dealers, Forex dealers, hedge funds, investment advisers, and investment companies. Mr. Cotton has substantial experience in cases involving insider trading, accounting fraud, sales and advertising misrepresentation, consumer fraud (class action defense), stock and commodity price manipulation, minority shareholder freeze-outs, partnership disputes and accounting, and various other claims involving complex finance and accounting products and issues.
Partner - Cotton & Gundzik LLP 2001 - 2012
Partner - LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae L.L.P (n/k/a Dewey LeBoeuf LLP) from 1991 to 2001; Managing Partner 1995 - 2000; Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance) from 1985 to 1991
Government Service - United States Securities & Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement (Senior Trial Attorney 1975-1978); United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Division of Enforcement (Deputy Director 1980-1985).