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Nick Cotten, Jr.

Hamilton Delleney Grier & Cotten LLC
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Nick Cotten, Jr.
Hamilton Delleney Grier & Cotten LLC
Rock Hill,

Nick M. Cotten, Jr. is a native Carolinian, having spent his youth in Charleston, South Carolina. His professional career began in Columba, South Carolina, at Allstate as a Claims Adjuster after earning his Bachelor of Science from Winthrop University. During his ten years at Allstate, Mr. Cotten received claims training in Chicago, worked catastrophe claims, and achieved multiple promotions, including working in the Charlotte Regional Office. Additionally, Nick Cotten gained licensure in all lines of casualty, property, surety, and marine in both South Carolina and North Carolina. Nick resigned from Allstate after having achieved a ten-year vested status.

During the period following his work with Allstate, Nick Cotten attended Harvard Law School’s Project of Negotiation and completed both South Carolina Civil Court Arbitration and Mediation training. In addition to being a small business owner, Mr. Cotten became a private consultant working with attorneys to provide consultative services regarding strategic negotiation, claims consulting, as well as civil court arbitration and mediation strategies. In 2009, Nick Cotten once again returned to school and earned his Juris Doctor from Charlotte School of Law. in combination with his degree Nick Cotten has accumulated more than 100 combined hours of ADR training exclusively in the area of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Nick has guest lectured on the topics of effective negotiation and settlement tools in mediation, negotiation in contracts, and on the topic of automobile claims.

Now, as an attorney and partner with Hamilton, Delleney, Grier, and Cotten LLC, Nick Cotten utilizes his combined 25 plus years of in-depth experience and education in the insurance claims industry, negotiation/mediation, and legal field to help his clients in matters involving serious bodily injury. He has experience in seven-figure settlements and complex multi-policy settlements. Additionally, Nick Cotten offers risk analysis to small business owners, representation to selective criminal matters, and civil court mediation.

Areas of Practice

Insurance Law

Wrongful Death/Survival Actions

Accidents and Injuries

Tractor Trailer



Multiple Vehicle Accidents

Premise Liability

Property Damage

Permanent Injury

Under and Uninsured Motorist Claims

Multiple Policy Issues

First and Third Party Insurance Claims

Civil Court Mediation


Structured Settlements and Special Needs Trust Small Business Law

Small Business Consulting

Risk Analysis

LLC Formations

Criminal Matters

Guest lecturer – Insurance, Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration

Admitted To Practice

South Carolina

Professional Associations and Memberships

South Carolina Bar

York County Bar

Chester County Bar

National Trial Lawyers Association — Motor Vehicles

South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association

York County Chamber of Commerce

Christian Legal Society

Community Involvement (Past and Present)

Annual Breakfast with Santa for Children

Ronald McDonald House

Renew Our Community

Rolling in Rock Hill

Volunteer with Kiwanis Club

Salvation Army Volunteer Kettle Bell

American Red Cross Volunteer

Corporate Liaison for Blood Drives

Reedy Creek Reading Program for Children

Trinity Christian School School Board Member — Parent Liaison

Pro Bono Legal Representation

Education and Training

Winthrop University (B.S. in Business Administration, emphasis in Finance 1997)

Charlotte School of Law (J.D. 2012)

Harvard Law Project of Negotiation Workshop, Boston (2001)

Arbitration Training, South Carolina (2001)

Circuit Court Civil Mediation Training, South Carolina (1998)

North Carolina Adjuster License, North Carolina (1995)

South Carolina Adjuster License, South Carolina (1988)

Allstate Tech-Core, Chicago (1987)

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