Chris Cotter

Shareholder, Practice Group Manager, Product Liability & Transportation
Akron
222 South Main Street
Suite 400
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.819.1127
F 330.376.4577
P 330.819.1127 | F 330.376.4577

Overview

Chris helps his clients navigate and solve legal problems. He primarily defends injury and business claims and advises on regulatory and compliance issues.

Chris has the capability to address a wide array of claims and legal issues, including complex commercial motor vehicle accidents, products liability claims, professional liability claims, issues involving unmanned aircraft systems (drones), autonomous vehicles, transportation contract drafting and review, insurance coverage disputes, employer intentional tort claims, regulatory compliance under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, specialty insurance defense, premises liability, passenger claims against airlines, products liability, legal malpractice, claims against real estate agents, claims against insurance agents, Carmack Amendment claims, appeals, Federal Aviation Act compliance, maritime law, construction defects, oil and gas disputes, and real property tax valuation.

His clients are primarily in the following industries: transportation, retail, aviation, oil & gas, energy, manufacturing and distribution, real estate, and emerging technologies.

In addition, Chris serves on Roetzel's Emergency Response Team to immediately address issues that may arise as a result of catastrophic injury events, industrial accidents, fires, and other catastrophes.

Experience

Trial

  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of the motor carrier and insurance company for the full amount they were seeking in a case arising out of a head-on collision between a sedan and a commercial truck
  • Obtained defense verdict at trial for manufacturing client in an employer intentional tort case
  • Obtained a defense verdict at trial on behalf of a roof shingle manufacturer in defense of product liability claims

 
Arbitration

  • Obtained a decision in favor of my client on a breach of warranty claim arising out of the sale of a commercial motor vehicle
  • Obtained a decision in favor of my client, the seller of a commercial vehicle, in defense of breach of warranty and related claims

 
Dismissal

  • Obtained dismissal of transportation client based on FAAAA preemption and insufficient allegations in the Complaint
  • Obtained dismissal of dating website in a case with CDA Section 230 defense
  • Obtained dismissal of a state entity client based on immunity under the Eleventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

 
Summary Judgment

  • Obtained summary judgment for a shipper in a case in which its independent motor carrier caused a catastrophic motor vehicle accident
  • Obtained summary judgment for retail client in a case involving a third-party assault on the premises and succeeded on appeal
  • Relying on the Montreal Convention, obtained partial summary judgment for a commercial airline in baggage damage claim
  • Obtained summary judgment for premises owners in many cases over the years using defenses including the open and obvious defense, the no-duty winter rule, self-defense, no actual or constructive notice, and other defenses

 
Rapid Response and Motion Practice

  • Succeeded in protecting a motor carrier's accident investigation materials from disclosure during the discovery phase of a lawsuit by implementing rapid response protocols immediately after the accident

Damages

  • Successfully prevented plaintiffs from obtaining damages for "preimpact fear" in multiple lawsuits

Declaratory Judgment

  • Obtained a declaratory judgment from the court limiting a $250,000 claim to $31,250 based on the correct application of the appropriate insurance policy
Services

Industries

Education

  1. University of Dayton School of Law, J.D.
    • University of Dayton Law Review
  2. Miami University, B.S.

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Kentucky
  2. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  3. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  4. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  5. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  6. U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  7. U.S. Supreme Court
Clerkships
  1. Externship with Judge Thomas M. Rose, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Recognitions

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Transportation Law (2020-2023), Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (2021-2023)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2014-2020)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • USLAW Network
    • Vice Chair of the USLAW Transportation and Logistics Practice Group (current)
    • Co-Chair of the USLAW Transportation Law Exchange, Presenter (2017)
    • Co-Chair of Transportation and Logistics Educational Track - Spring Client Conference (2018)
    • Co-Founder of the USLAW Future Leaders Courtroom Academy (2019)
  • ABA TIPS Aviation and Space Law Committee, Member
  • Transportation Lawyers Association, Member of Executive Committee (current)
  • DRI (Trucking Law Committee and Aviation Law Committee)
    • Publications Vice-Chair of DRI Trucking Committee (current)
  • SMU Air Law Symposium
  • Ohio Trucking Association, Safety Council
  • Ohio State Bar Association,  Aviation Law Committee
  • Akron Bar Association
Community Affiliations
  • The University of Dayton School of Law Alumni Association

Insights

  1. Alerts
    To Cap It All Off: Ohio Supreme Court Holds Non-Economic Damages Cap Unconstitutional in Limited Ruling (Apr 18, 2023)
    Limited English, Limited Defenses (Potentially…) (Oct 13, 2022)
    Beware of “Crash Tax” — Dealing with Accident Response Fees (Jun 1, 2022)
    “Permanent and Substantial Deformity”: What it Means and How it is Interpreted Regarding the Application of the Statutory Cap on Noneconomic Damages (Mar 29, 2022)
    Minor Settlements in Ohio (Feb 15, 2022)
  2. Articles
    Transportation Defense Strikes Back: FAAAA preemption and the fight against plaintiff’s claims against transportation brokers and shippers - USLAW Magazine (Winter 2023)
    Be Aware of Potential Risks: Defending Collision Avoidance Systems Claims in Truck Accident Lawsuits - DRI: For the Defense (December 2021)
    Sudden Medical Emergencies in the Trucking Industry: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to the Rescue - Transportation Lawyers Association (October 2021)
    The Importance of an Effective Opening Statement - Defense Research Institute (May 15, 2019)
    Not Fake News, But Fake Claims-A Federal Court Dismisses Nine of Twelve Claims in Plaintiff's "Shotgun" Style Complaint - The Transportation Lawyer (February 2019)
  3. Presentations
    “The Ethics of Remote Litigation” - ABA TIPS Aviation and Space Law Conference (October 2021)
    "Preparing Reports And Withstanding Daubert Challenges" - USLAW Future Leaders Trial Academy (November 2020)
    "Negligent Supervision of Drivers Due to Remote Workforces and Contactless Monitoring" - USLAW Network's Worldwide Virtual Retreat (Fall 2020)
    "Humanizing the Truck Driver and the Motor Carrier" - DRI Trucking Law Seminar (November 2020)
    "Preparing for Trial in a Trucking Case" - DRI Webinar (August 2020)
  4. Firm News
    Roetzel Attorneys Recognized in 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (Aug 18, 2022)
    74 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2022 Best Lawyers in America®; 18 Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Aug 19, 2021)
    Seventy Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© List; Ten Named “Lawyer of the Year” (Aug 20, 2020)
    Roetzel Transitioning to Virtual Work Environment (Mar 16, 2020)
    23 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers®; 11 Named Rising Stars® (Nov 27, 2019)

Overview

Chris helps his clients navigate and solve legal problems. He primarily defends injury and business claims and advises on regulatory and compliance issues.

Chris has the capability to address a wide array of claims and legal issues, including complex commercial motor vehicle accidents, products liability claims, professional liability claims, issues involving unmanned aircraft systems (drones), autonomous vehicles, transportation contract drafting and review, insurance coverage disputes, employer intentional tort claims, regulatory compliance under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, specialty insurance defense, premises liability, passenger claims against airlines, products liability, legal malpractice, claims against real estate agents, claims against insurance agents, Carmack Amendment claims, appeals, Federal Aviation Act compliance, maritime law, construction defects, oil and gas disputes, and real property tax valuation.

His clients are primarily in the following industries: transportation, retail, aviation, oil & gas, energy, manufacturing and distribution, real estate, and emerging technologies.

In addition, Chris serves on Roetzel's Emergency Response Team to immediately address issues that may arise as a result of catastrophic injury events, industrial accidents, fires, and other catastrophes.

Experience

Trial

  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of the motor carrier and insurance company for the full amount they were seeking in a case arising out of a head-on collision between a sedan and a commercial truck
  • Obtained defense verdict at trial for manufacturing client in an employer intentional tort case
  • Obtained a defense verdict at trial on behalf of a roof shingle manufacturer in defense of product liability claims

 
Arbitration

  • Obtained a decision in favor of my client on a breach of warranty claim arising out of the sale of a commercial motor vehicle
  • Obtained a decision in favor of my client, the seller of a commercial vehicle, in defense of breach of warranty and related claims

 
Dismissal

  • Obtained dismissal of transportation client based on FAAAA preemption and insufficient allegations in the Complaint
  • Obtained dismissal of dating website in a case with CDA Section 230 defense
  • Obtained dismissal of a state entity client based on immunity under the Eleventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

 
Summary Judgment

  • Obtained summary judgment for a shipper in a case in which its independent motor carrier caused a catastrophic motor vehicle accident
  • Obtained summary judgment for retail client in a case involving a third-party assault on the premises and succeeded on appeal
  • Relying on the Montreal Convention, obtained partial summary judgment for a commercial airline in baggage damage claim
  • Obtained summary judgment for premises owners in many cases over the years using defenses including the open and obvious defense, the no-duty winter rule, self-defense, no actual or constructive notice, and other defenses

 
Rapid Response and Motion Practice

  • Succeeded in protecting a motor carrier's accident investigation materials from disclosure during the discovery phase of a lawsuit by implementing rapid response protocols immediately after the accident

Damages

  • Successfully prevented plaintiffs from obtaining damages for "preimpact fear" in multiple lawsuits

Declaratory Judgment

  • Obtained a declaratory judgment from the court limiting a $250,000 claim to $31,250 based on the correct application of the appropriate insurance policy

Education

  1. University of Dayton School of Law, J.D.
    • University of Dayton Law Review
  2. Miami University, B.S.

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Kentucky
  2. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  3. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  4. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  5. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  6. U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  7. U.S. Supreme Court
Clerkships
  1. Externship with Judge Thomas M. Rose, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Recognitions

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Transportation Law (2020-2023), Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (2021-2023)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2014-2020)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • USLAW Network
    • Vice Chair of the USLAW Transportation and Logistics Practice Group (current)
    • Co-Chair of the USLAW Transportation Law Exchange, Presenter (2017)
    • Co-Chair of Transportation and Logistics Educational Track - Spring Client Conference (2018)
    • Co-Founder of the USLAW Future Leaders Courtroom Academy (2019)
  • ABA TIPS Aviation and Space Law Committee, Member
  • Transportation Lawyers Association, Member of Executive Committee (current)
  • DRI (Trucking Law Committee and Aviation Law Committee)
    • Publications Vice-Chair of DRI Trucking Committee (current)
  • SMU Air Law Symposium
  • Ohio Trucking Association, Safety Council
  • Ohio State Bar Association,  Aviation Law Committee
  • Akron Bar Association
Community Affiliations
  • The University of Dayton School of Law Alumni Association

Insights

  1. Alerts
    To Cap It All Off: Ohio Supreme Court Holds Non-Economic Damages Cap Unconstitutional in Limited Ruling (Apr 18, 2023)
    Limited English, Limited Defenses (Potentially…) (Oct 13, 2022)
    Beware of “Crash Tax” — Dealing with Accident Response Fees (Jun 1, 2022)
    “Permanent and Substantial Deformity”: What it Means and How it is Interpreted Regarding the Application of the Statutory Cap on Noneconomic Damages (Mar 29, 2022)
    Minor Settlements in Ohio (Feb 15, 2022)
  2. Articles
    Transportation Defense Strikes Back: FAAAA preemption and the fight against plaintiff’s claims against transportation brokers and shippers - USLAW Magazine (Winter 2023)
    Be Aware of Potential Risks: Defending Collision Avoidance Systems Claims in Truck Accident Lawsuits - DRI: For the Defense (December 2021)
    Sudden Medical Emergencies in the Trucking Industry: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to the Rescue - Transportation Lawyers Association (October 2021)
    The Importance of an Effective Opening Statement - Defense Research Institute (May 15, 2019)
    Not Fake News, But Fake Claims-A Federal Court Dismisses Nine of Twelve Claims in Plaintiff's "Shotgun" Style Complaint - The Transportation Lawyer (February 2019)
  3. Presentations
    “The Ethics of Remote Litigation” - ABA TIPS Aviation and Space Law Conference (October 2021)
    "Preparing Reports And Withstanding Daubert Challenges" - USLAW Future Leaders Trial Academy (November 2020)
    "Negligent Supervision of Drivers Due to Remote Workforces and Contactless Monitoring" - USLAW Network's Worldwide Virtual Retreat (Fall 2020)
    "Humanizing the Truck Driver and the Motor Carrier" - DRI Trucking Law Seminar (November 2020)
    "Preparing for Trial in a Trucking Case" - DRI Webinar (August 2020)
  4. Firm News
    Roetzel Attorneys Recognized in 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (Aug 18, 2022)
    74 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2022 Best Lawyers in America®; 18 Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Aug 19, 2021)
    Seventy Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© List; Ten Named “Lawyer of the Year” (Aug 20, 2020)
    Roetzel Transitioning to Virtual Work Environment (Mar 16, 2020)
    23 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers®; 11 Named Rising Stars® (Nov 27, 2019)