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Christopher M. Cotter


Chris has a robust litigation practice with a focus on transportation, premises liability, construction defect and product liability claims. Chris takes pride in fostering client relationships to develop a genuine understanding of his client’s litigation objectives. To ensure that his client’s goals are achieved, Chris personally handles each aspect of his client’s claims from pre-litigation through trial, and often maintains long-standing relationships with his clients well beyond a given dispute. Chris is a seasoned litigator, with the skill-set and conviction necessary to advocate for his clients through trial and appeal, but he also prides himself on understanding the true nature of his client’s interests, and is a shrewd negotiator in achieving favorable resolutions whenever practicable.

In addition to his litigation practice, Chris maintains notable insurance coverage and transactional practices. Chris represents both insurers and policyholders in the interpretation of insurance coverage issues and in the litigation and resolution of insurance coverage disputes, including both the major property and casualty insurance lines as well as many specialty coverage areas. Chris also advises business and contractors in complex contract negotiations. Chris has extensive experience drafting construction contracts, vendor agreements, bylaws, CC&Rs, and other complex commercial contracts.

A Santa Barbara native, Chris attended Dos Pueblos High School before going on to receive his B.A from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he participant in various Hastings-affiliated organizations including the Hastings Intramural Basketball Association and Moot Court competition teams. Chris earned the National Second-Place Oral Advocate Award while competing at the Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition in Madison, Wisconsin.

Chris is admitted to the State Bar of California, the United States Courts for the Central, Northern and Eastern Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeal for the 9th Circuit. Chris is a founding member of the Santa Barbara UC Hastings Alumni Association. Chris is also a member of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Santa Barbara Barristers, and the William L. Gordon Inns of Court.