F. M. Nick Cotten, Jr.

Hamilton Delleney Grier & Cotten LLC
P.O. Drawer 808
Chester, SC 29706
(803) 328-2201

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 mediationnegotiation 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 ownersrepresentation 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