Thomas J. Cotton Associate

Thomas Cotton joined the firm as an associate in September 2014. He works in all facets of sophisticated business litigation, as well as complex construction and condominium litigation.  Mr. Cotton dedicates himself absolutely to each stage of every representation, from the initial investigation and discovery to the final judgment and appeal. Throughout each such stage, Mr. Cotton incorporates his extensive experience and knowledge of cutting-edge litigation technologies to both maximize cost-benefit efficiencies for his clients and maximize the likelihood of favorable lawsuit outcomes.  He is a published author and conference presenter on e-discovery, and takes pride in providing his 21st-century clients with 21st-century legal services.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cotton served as law clerk to Hon. Joseph L. Yannotti, P.J.A.D., in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. During his clerkship, he prepared research memoranda to aid appellate judges in deciding cases and he assisted with drafting opinions. Mr. Cotton worked on issues spanning the full breadth of the legal spectrum, from simple criminal cases to complex, high-stakes civil matters. He was also deeply involved in several emergent appeals, where rulings had to be issued within a few days of the initial filing.

Mr. Cotton received his J.D. in 2013 from Rutgers School of Law–Camden. He was the Lead Articles Editor of Rutgers Law Journal and selected to be a participant in Hunter Moot Court, Rutgers’ premier moot-court competition. Mr. Cotton worked in the Community-Based Practice Clinic, which assists a non-profit in providing legal services to Philadelphia’s LGBT community. He also worked in the Domestic Violence Clinic, where he represented the victims of domestic violence in hearings for final restraining orders. Mr. Cotton’s article on intellectually disabled defendants and capital punishment was published in the State Constitutional Law issue of Rutgers Law Journal.

In addition to his legal studies, during law school Mr. Cotton worked at a mid-size law firm in Westmont, New Jersey. While at the firm, he worked primarily in civil litigation and corporate healthcare. He authored briefs, reviewed discovery materials, and drafted transactional documents. Mr. Cotton also interned at the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office.

Mr. Cotton graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University in 2010, with a B.A. in Economics & Political Science. He was enrolled in the Rutgers College Honors Program, and played rugby for the Rutgers Rugby Football Club.

Mr. Cotton is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.  He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.  He also continues to play rugby, as a member of the Morris Men’s Rugby Team.

Representative Matters

  • Defended insurance agency accused of failing to maintain coverage for a go-go bar in connection with loss arising from a patron-on-patron knife fight.
  • Pursued claims on behalf of electrical subcontractor against hiring contractor for work performed in a complex public project.
  • Prosecuted adversary proceeding on behalf of health-and-wellness company within a former partner’s personal bankruptcy.
  • Won $11,000,000 summary-judgment award on behalf of a solar company by proving a competitor’s trade-secret theft.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement on behalf of individual guarantors to a California company’s equipment leases, which had been subject of default judgment in New Jersey state court several years prior.
  • During the course of mediation, negotiated with-prejudice dismissal in New Jersey state court on behalf of a property-management company accused of negligently winterizing a property.
  • Secured settlement on behalf of founder and minority shareholders in a craft brewery within litigation against majority shareholder.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the purchaser of large land tract to rescind tenant and first-refusal rights claimed by holdover hunting club, and successfully defended against hunting club’s efforts to appeal from that judgment.
  • Succeeded in quashing multiple subpoenas served upon owner of small business, arising from various litigations between business’s former employee and the former employee’s spouse.
  • Resolved, through multiple rounds of mediation, complex claims against insurance agency that was alleged to have fraudulently procured unnecessary insurance policies for a construction firm.
  • Litigated, to settlement, fraud claims by limited partners in multiple, elaborate New York City real-estate holdings against general partners.

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