Floyd G. Cottrell
Floyd G. Cottrell (Partner) is admitted to practice law in the States of New York (1984) and New Jersey (1985), as well as in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey. He is also admitted to the Bars of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits and the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Fordham College, Bronx, New York (B.A. 1980) and Fordham University School of Law (J.D. 1983).
Mr. Cottrell has tried in excess of 70+ jury trials to verdict. He was also certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey in 2000 and re-certified in 2005, 2010, and 2015. He was also certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 2005, and re-certified in 2010, 2015 and 2020. Mr. Cottrell is also a repeated selection as a New Jersey “Super Lawyer”.
Mr. Cottrell is a past President of the Essex County-based Brennan-Vanderbilt Inns of Court, after having served as a Master since 2001 and an officer since 2003.
In November 2011, Mr. Cottrell was selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America “(“LCA”). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. He has been awarded the distinction “Barrister, Order of Juris”.
On October 25, 2015, Mr. Cottrell received the designation “Certified Litigation Management Professional” (“CLMP”) after completing the Litigation Management Institute program at Columbia Law School.
Mr. Cottrell is a Member of the National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (“NRRDA”). He chairs NRRDA’s Membership Committee and currently serves on its Board of Directors. He is a long-standing member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (“TIDA”). He belongs to the Housing Authority Defense Association (“HADA”) (formed by the Housing Authority Risk Retention Group) and past lecturer at its annual meetings. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and current New Jersey State Liaison to its Civil Trial Committee. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey Defense Association, New York State Bar Association and Essex County Bar Association. He enjoys an “AV” Martindale-Hubbell rating.
He is also a member of the Diversity Law Institute and the Trial Law Institute.
Since 2016, Mr. Cottrell served annually on the faculty of the CLM Claims College School of Transportation, lecturing in both Level 2 and Level 3 courses.