|Name:||Bernard T. Cotter|
|Address:||2070 Pioneer Court|
|San Mateo, CA 94403-2070|
|Telephone:||(650) 572-7933||Fax:||(650) 572-0834|
|Fees:||$250 per hour|
|Other Costs:||None. No minimum, set-up or cancellation fees.|
|Attorney: x||Non-Attorney Professional Mediator/Arbitrator: Retired Judge/Justice:|
|Began arbitrating uninsured motor vehicles cases in 1960. A court-appointed judicial arbitrator since 1976.|
|Have been evaluating civil cases of all kinds for over 44 years. have served as a pro tem settlement conference judge for over 10 years.|
|Subject||Personal Injury:||x||Employment:||x||Business:||x||Real Estate:||x|
|Matter:||Legal Malpractice:||x||Public Agency:||x||Probate:||Construction:||x|
|Product Liability:||x||Landlord-Tenant / Neighborhood:||Dental Malpractice:|
|Foreign Language(s):||Intellectual Property/High Technology:|
|B.S. from University of San Francisco in 1955, J.D. from University of San Francisco in 1958, various MCLE courses.|
|Formal, facilitative, calming. Put parties at ease give them time to tell their stories. Rule on objections. Devote as much time to the case as necessary. Usually provide a written opinion.|
|Disregard insurance, reverse the parties, establish a range, sift through the range to arrive at a defensible figure.|
|Engaged in active practice for over 45 years. Trial over 140 civil jury cases. Countless court trials, arbitrations, settlement conferences|
|Bernard T. Cotter, a resident of San Mateo County since 1956: B.S. degree from University of San Francisco; J.D. degree from University of San Francisco School of Law. Admitted to California State Bar and the U.S. District Court in 1960; admitted to the U. S. Supreme Court in 1970.
Member of the San Mateo County Bar Assn., California Association of Defense Counsel, Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a practicing attorney since 1960, over 140 trails to completion, countless court trials, binding and non-binding arbitrations, cases tried in Sonoma, Marin, Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties, emphasis on defense of civil lawsuites. Service as a judge pro tem for the San Mateo courts and as a judicial arbitrator. AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Volunteer activities include service as editor of The Docket, the San Mateo County Bar magazine. Recipient of the Nagle Award for service to the bar in 2004.
Comments: Devote resources gained tgrough the decades to discover the DNA of a case and reach a just reusult.