Chris Cotter

Shareholder
Akron
222 South Main Street
Suite 400
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6756
F 330.376.4577
P 330.849.6756 | F 330.376.4577

Overview

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

Mr. Cotter 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), 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, Mr. Cotter 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
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

  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2014-2019)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • USLAW Network
    • Co-Chair of the USLAW Transportation Law Exchange, Presenter (2017)
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • SMU Air Law Symposium
  • Ohio Trucking Association, Safety Council
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association
Community Affiliations
  • Boy Scouts of America, Assistant Cub Master & Den Leader
  • The University of Dayton School of Law Alumni Association

Insights

  1. Alerts
    FAA Approves Civilian Drone Use Beyond Visual Line of Sight with Radar (Oct 19, 2018)
    DOT Aims to Revise Truckers' Hours-of-Service Regulations (Aug 23, 2018)
    Ohio Supreme Court Rules on BWC Subrogation Interest in Tort Claim Insurance Settlements (Apr 26, 2018)
    Before You Write That Check! (Apr 23, 2018)
    Buckle Your Seat Belts: Federal Government Launches Pilot Program Designed to Accelerate Integration of Commercial Drones into the National Airspace (Nov 14, 2017)
  2. Articles
    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)
    Lifting the Fog on Extreme Caution Driving - Inbound Logistics (Jun 20, 2016)
    The Trials and Errors of Preventability Determinations - Inbound Logistics (May 3, 2016)
  3. Presentations
    "Look! Up in the Sky! An Overview of Drone Law Relating to the Natural Resources Industry" - Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program: Industry Safety Training (2017)
    "Navigating Claims of Negligent Hiring, Training & Retention...Is It Punitive?" - American Trucking Association: Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel (2017)
    "The Expanding Survivorship Claim" - USLAW Transportation Law Exchange (2017)
    "Litigating Against the Latest Efforts By The Plaintiffs' Bar to Misconstrue the FMCSA Regulations" - Panelist, TLA Annual Meeting (2017)
    "Defense Strategies for the Minor Accident Turned Catastrophic Loss, Staged Accidents, and Phantom Trucks" - DRI Trucking Law Seminar (2016)
  4. Firm News
    32 Roetzel Attorneys Honored as 2019 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (Dec 11, 2018)
    Thirty Eight Roetzel Attorneys Honored as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (Dec 6, 2017)
    41 Roetzel Attorneys Honored as 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (Dec 2, 2016)
    Three Roetzel Attorneys Published in latest issue of USLAW Magazine (Apr 11, 2016)
    Roetzel Announces 37 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (Dec 2, 2015)

Overview

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

Mr. Cotter 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), 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, Mr. Cotter 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

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

  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2014-2019)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • USLAW Network
    • Co-Chair of the USLAW Transportation Law Exchange, Presenter (2017)
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • SMU Air Law Symposium
  • Ohio Trucking Association, Safety Council
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association
Community Affiliations
  • Boy Scouts of America, Assistant Cub Master & Den Leader
  • The University of Dayton School of Law Alumni Association

Insights

  1. Alerts
    FAA Approves Civilian Drone Use Beyond Visual Line of Sight with Radar (Oct 19, 2018)
    DOT Aims to Revise Truckers' Hours-of-Service Regulations (Aug 23, 2018)
    Ohio Supreme Court Rules on BWC Subrogation Interest in Tort Claim Insurance Settlements (Apr 26, 2018)
    Before You Write That Check! (Apr 23, 2018)
    Buckle Your Seat Belts: Federal Government Launches Pilot Program Designed to Accelerate Integration of Commercial Drones into the National Airspace (Nov 14, 2017)
  2. Articles
    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)
    Lifting the Fog on Extreme Caution Driving - Inbound Logistics (Jun 20, 2016)
    The Trials and Errors of Preventability Determinations - Inbound Logistics (May 3, 2016)
  3. Presentations
    "Look! Up in the Sky! An Overview of Drone Law Relating to the Natural Resources Industry" - Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program: Industry Safety Training (2017)
    "Navigating Claims of Negligent Hiring, Training & Retention...Is It Punitive?" - American Trucking Association: Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel (2017)
    "The Expanding Survivorship Claim" - USLAW Transportation Law Exchange (2017)
    "Litigating Against the Latest Efforts By The Plaintiffs' Bar to Misconstrue the FMCSA Regulations" - Panelist, TLA Annual Meeting (2017)
    "Defense Strategies for the Minor Accident Turned Catastrophic Loss, Staged Accidents, and Phantom Trucks" - DRI Trucking Law Seminar (2016)
  4. Firm News
    32 Roetzel Attorneys Honored as 2019 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (Dec 11, 2018)
    Thirty Eight Roetzel Attorneys Honored as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (Dec 6, 2017)
    41 Roetzel Attorneys Honored as 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (Dec 2, 2016)
    Three Roetzel Attorneys Published in latest issue of USLAW Magazine (Apr 11, 2016)
    Roetzel Announces 37 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (Dec 2, 2015)