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Stephen L. Cotter


Practice Areas

AppellateBad Faith LitigationCatastrophic Injury & Wrongful DeathCommercial LitigationGovernmental LiabilityInsurance CoverageProducts LiabilityProfessional Liability


  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University
  • Mercer Law Review


Extensive experience in thousands of matters for several decades uniquely equips Steve Cotter to promptly and efficiently evaluate and handle complex matters through all stages of conflict. He started as an assistant attorney general handling constitutional and public policy “impact” (including class and mass) actions. In private practice, he served as an administrative law judge and arbiter and mediator. At Swift Currie, he has successfully handled a broad range of disputes, representative examples of which are in links to the left of this text. He has completed hundreds of jury trials and appeals in state and federal courts. He served as an adjunct professor at Emory Law School in the field of litigation, taught at the Georgia Defense Lawyers Trial Academy and has presented to various professional and industry groups on a variety of contemporary legal topics. He has been extensively published, most especially in the insurance field.

He is available to handle, evaluate, monitor, consult and/or resolve problems.


  • State Bar of Georgia
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Old War Horse Society
  • Atlanta International Arbitration Society

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Publications and Presentations

  • Cotter, et. al., “Insurance,” Mercer Law Review, Georgia Survey Issue, 1999–2015
  • Co-author, “Spoliation of Evidence — Contemporary Status and Trends,” IADC, Business Litigation, May 2010
  • Cotter & Carter, “Insurance Compensation for Crime Victims,” Georgia Bar Journal, 1989

Awards & Recognitions

  • Lawyer of the Year,” The Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2010–present
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, 2004–present
  • Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2014
  • AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (Preeminent for 25 years)
  • Selected as member of Council on Litigation Management

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