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About Dan Cotter

Meet Dan Cotter

Dan Cotter specializes in helping individuals and families who have suffered catastrophic harms and losses across the country. He is licensed to practice in seven states and frequently collaborates with other attorneys in those states to assist in the investigation and prosecution of civil cases.

A native of Northern Virginia, Dan graduated from Boston College in 1981. After graduating from B.C., Dan served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps from 1981 through 1982, teaching and working with children in underserved neighborhoods in Washington D.C. Following that, Dan enrolled in George Mason University School of Law graduating in 1985. He currently resides in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where he has been active in church, school, and youth sports activities.

A member of the Bars of Florida (since 2007), New York (since 2006), Pennsylvania (since 2006), Georgia (since 2000), Maryland (since 1991), the District of Columbia (since 1987), and Virginia (since 1985), Dan is licensed to practice law in each of those jurisdictions. He is a member of various Federal Courts in those jurisdictions as well.

Today, Dan’s practice focuses primarily on representation of victims of catastrophic injury, wrongful death, nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, and the representation of the developmentally disabled in neglect, school and institutional abuses cases.

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History & Achievements

Invited to author a portion of a Virginia Continuing Legal Education practice manual regarding medical malpractice actions, Dan has also been asked to speak at various continuing legal education functions in Virginia, Georgia, and Delaware over the years. Dan has been involved in civil litigation for nearly 30 years as a Trial Attorney in private practice (1985-1990) (2000-present), and with the St. Paul Insurance Companies as a Trial / Managing Attorney (1990-1997), Regional Managing Attorney (1995-1996), and Regional Medical Claim Manager (1997-2000). Dan’s experience on the defense side and in the insurance industry has made him a more insightful victim’s attorney and provides him with a keen understanding of the interworking of insurance companies.

Over the years, Dan has developed a wide variety of experience representing clients in the areas of medical malpractice, wrongful death, serious injury, nursing home neglect and abuse, neglect and abuse of the developmentally disabled, school abuse, premises liability, products liability, automobile negligence, dental malpractice, legal malpractice, other professional liability, insurance coverage, and other miscellaneous negligence based actions.  He has tried numerous jury, bench, and arbitration trials in various state and federal courts, and has handled appeals before various state and federal appellate courts.

A trained mediator and arbitrator, Dan served at one time as a volunteer Neutral Case Evaluator for the Fairfax County (Virginia) Circuit Court and was at one time registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution to handle general mediation, arbitration, and early neutral case evaluation.

Dan Cotter was the recipient of the Liberty Bell Award in 2005 from The American Bar Association for his long standing community service working to educate middle school students about the American Legal System.


Dan serves as “Of Counsel” to The Maher Law Firm, P.A. with offices in Orlando, FL, Los Angeles, CA, and Philadelphia, PA. Dan has collaborated on cases with many other firms around the country, including:

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