I am Patrick L. Cotter, criminal defense attorney for Cotter Law Office, PLLC. With the help of my staff of professionals, I provide criminal defense and legal counsel in personal injury cases. I have a strong track record of successful outcomesâ€”see a few of my case results for examples. Based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, I serve clients throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs, greater Minnesota, as well as the state of Wisconsin. I am experienced in both state and federal court cases. I am a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, a certification held by less than 3% of Minnesota attorneys.
To learn more about my practice and my experience, call 612-436-3050 (office) or 651-214-8624 (cell). I will provide a free and comprehensive consultation to evaluate your case and discuss next steps in achieving the best results for you, my client.
Education William Mitchell College of Law, 1999-2002
Doctor of Jurisprudence: May 2002
_Cumulative CPA: 3.10; Class Rank: Top 31% _CALI Excellence for the Future Award Criminal Law _Semi-Finalist Rosalie Wahl Moot Court Competition _National Moot Court Participant _Volunteer Award for Public Service Program _Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity Member University of St. Thomas, 1995-1997 Bachelor of Arts: December 1997
_Cumulative GPA: 3.49 _Honors: Cum Laude University of Minnesota 1994-1995
_Honors: Scholar-Athlete Award Recipient _Dean's List University of Notre Dame, 1993
Bar Admissions Minnesota, 2002 U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2003
Awards and Notable Distinctions _Law & Politics â€œRising Star Attorneyâ€ Years 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010â€”awarded to only 2.5% of all attorneys practicing ten years or less _William Mitchell College of Law Solo Practice Law Series Speaker _Rising Star 2011 _Certified Criminal Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2011â€“a certification held by less than 3% of Minnesota attorneys Memberships _Minnesota State Bar Association _Dakota County Bar Association _Ramsey County Bar Association _Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers _American Association for Justice _Minnesota Association for Justice Boards and Committees _University of St. Thomas Alumni Board of Directors, March 2009-present _University of St. Thomas Diversity Action Council, September 2009-present _Dakota County Criminal Justice Council, December 2009-present Service Work Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services Volunteer Attorney Participant