John Cotton

(213) 542 2136 T

(213) 542 2101 F


University of California, Hastings College of Law
(J.D., 1972)
(Snodgrass Award, Best Oral Advocate 1971)

University of Santa Clara
(B.A., 1969)


California 1972

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).


  • Graduate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (Advance Program 1981)
  • Member, Futures Industry Association, Law and Compliance Division (1987 to Present)
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) (1988 to Present)


  • Attorney as Expert – Blurred Boundaries (ABTL Report Spring 2002)
  • Securities Fraud – Liability for Lawyers (LA Lawyer February 2002)