Chris Cotter

Shareholder
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
  • Obtained defense verdict at trial for manufacturing client in an employer intentional tort case
  • Represented a motor carrier and insurance company at trial seeking to recover property damages arising out of a head-on collision between a sedan and a commercial truck. Obtained a jury verdict in favor of the motor carrier and insurance company for the full amount they were seeking
  • Obtained summary judgment for retail client in a case involving a third-party assault on the premises and successfully defended on appeal as well
  • Relying on the Montreal Convention, obtained partial summary judgment for a commercial airline in baggage damage claim
  • After a three day Arbitration, obtaining a decision in favor of my client on a breach of warranty claim arising out of the sale of a commercial motor vehicle
  • Succeeded in protecting a motor carrier's accident investigation materials from disclosure during the discovery phase of a lawsuit by implementing emergency response protocols immediately after the accident
  • Reviewed transportation contracts and advised companies on suggested revisions
  • Defended cargo claims lawsuits under the Carmack Amendment
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Department of Transportation employees in a wrongful death case based on qualified official immunity for governmental employees
  • Successfully prevented plaintiffs from obtaining damages for "preimpact fear" in multiple lawsuits
  • 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
  • Obtained a defense verdict at trial on behalf of a roof shingle manufacturer in defense of product liability claims
  • Defended warranty claims asserted against the seller of a commercial vehicle in a three day arbitration hearing with the American Arbitration Association and obtained a decision in favor of my client on all claims
  • Obtained a favorable ruling finding a state entity client immune from suit under the Eleventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
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 (2020-2022), Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (2021, 2022)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2014-2020)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • USLAW Network
    • 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
  • DRI (Trucking Law Committee and Aviation Law Committee)
  • 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
    Ohio CDL Manuals Do Not Alter the Standard of Care for Truck Drivers (Oct 11, 2021)
    School Bus Stop-Arm Camera Laws: Safety Takes a Front Seat as Kids Head Back to Class (Sep 8, 2021)
    Does Joint & Several Liability Apply to Punitive Damages? (Aug 10, 2021)
    The Uncertainty of Uncertified Deposition Recordings: Something New We All Need to Think About (Jul 19, 2021)
    Minding Your P’s and Q’s: How to Properly Assert and Maintain the Empty Chair Defense (Jun 29, 2021)
  2. Articles
    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)
    Litigating Against the Latest Efforts by the Plaintiffs' Bar to Misconstrue the FMCSA Regulations - The Transportation Lawyer (Jul 1, 2017)
    When to File Loss and Damage Claims: Know Your Rights (Jan 1, 2017)
    Accidents Happen: Is Your Transportation Partner Prepared? - Inbound Logistics (Oct 25, 2016)
  3. Presentations
    "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)
    Great Expectations: Managing Eccentric and Difficult Plaintiffs (and Their Attorneys) - USLAW Webinar (May 2020)
  4. Firm News
    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)
    66 Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2020 The Best Lawyers in America© List (Aug 15, 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
  • Obtained defense verdict at trial for manufacturing client in an employer intentional tort case
  • Represented a motor carrier and insurance company at trial seeking to recover property damages arising out of a head-on collision between a sedan and a commercial truck. Obtained a jury verdict in favor of the motor carrier and insurance company for the full amount they were seeking
  • Obtained summary judgment for retail client in a case involving a third-party assault on the premises and successfully defended on appeal as well
  • Relying on the Montreal Convention, obtained partial summary judgment for a commercial airline in baggage damage claim
  • After a three day Arbitration, obtaining a decision in favor of my client on a breach of warranty claim arising out of the sale of a commercial motor vehicle
  • Succeeded in protecting a motor carrier's accident investigation materials from disclosure during the discovery phase of a lawsuit by implementing emergency response protocols immediately after the accident
  • Reviewed transportation contracts and advised companies on suggested revisions
  • Defended cargo claims lawsuits under the Carmack Amendment
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Department of Transportation employees in a wrongful death case based on qualified official immunity for governmental employees
  • Successfully prevented plaintiffs from obtaining damages for "preimpact fear" in multiple lawsuits
  • 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
  • Obtained a defense verdict at trial on behalf of a roof shingle manufacturer in defense of product liability claims
  • Defended warranty claims asserted against the seller of a commercial vehicle in a three day arbitration hearing with the American Arbitration Association and obtained a decision in favor of my client on all claims
  • Obtained a favorable ruling finding a state entity client immune from suit under the Eleventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

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 (2020-2022), Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (2021, 2022)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2014-2020)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • USLAW Network
    • 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
  • DRI (Trucking Law Committee and Aviation Law Committee)
  • 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
    Ohio CDL Manuals Do Not Alter the Standard of Care for Truck Drivers (Oct 11, 2021)
    School Bus Stop-Arm Camera Laws: Safety Takes a Front Seat as Kids Head Back to Class (Sep 8, 2021)
    Does Joint & Several Liability Apply to Punitive Damages? (Aug 10, 2021)
    The Uncertainty of Uncertified Deposition Recordings: Something New We All Need to Think About (Jul 19, 2021)
    Minding Your P’s and Q’s: How to Properly Assert and Maintain the Empty Chair Defense (Jun 29, 2021)
  2. Articles
    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)
    Litigating Against the Latest Efforts by the Plaintiffs' Bar to Misconstrue the FMCSA Regulations - The Transportation Lawyer (Jul 1, 2017)
    When to File Loss and Damage Claims: Know Your Rights (Jan 1, 2017)
    Accidents Happen: Is Your Transportation Partner Prepared? - Inbound Logistics (Oct 25, 2016)
  3. Presentations
    "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)
    Great Expectations: Managing Eccentric and Difficult Plaintiffs (and Their Attorneys) - USLAW Webinar (May 2020)
  4. Firm News
    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)
    66 Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2020 The Best Lawyers in America© List (Aug 15, 2019)