John H. Cotton
John H. Cotton

Law Practice:
Mr. Cotton concentrates his practice in litigation, primarily in the areas of business litigation and professional malpractice. He has tried hundreds of cases to jury verdict, including numerous brain damaged baby and paraplegic injury cases, most of which involved damage demands in excess of $5,000,000.00. In addition, Mr. Cotton has maintained an extensive appellate practice.

Biographical Information:
Co-lead trial counsel for the inventor of the driver’s side airbag in a license dispute against a multinational corporation. Mr. Cotton’s client was awarded $137,000,000.00 in damages, the highest actual damage verdict in the country in 1996.

Co-lead trial counsel for a Big Four international accounting firm in defense of a $35,000,000.00 claim of appraisal malpractice brought by a major national bank. Mr. Cotton obtained a directed verdict for his client after a six week trial.

Obtained the largest individual verdict in Arizona history for an African American in a civil rights action.

  • Briefed and argued over 40 cases on appeal in state and federal courts.
  • Listed in the inaugural issue of Mountain States Super Lawyers (2007) in three separate categories: Business Litigation, Professional Liability Defense and Medical Malpractice Defense.
  • Listed in Martindale Hubble Preeminent Lawyers.
  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law.
  • Martindale Hubbles AV rating in three separate states since 1981.
  • Member of National and Regional Teaching Teams for National Institute of Trial Advocacy since 1983.
  • Counsel for Nevada Physicians at Special Session of Nevada Legislature to adopt damage cap legislation for medical malpractice cases (2002).

Professional Activities:

  • State Bar of Nevada, 1994
  • State Bar of Arizona, 1989
  • State Bar of Nebraska, 1976
  • Instructor/Speaker American Bar Association; Nevada Bar Association; Maricopa County Bar Association; National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), Lorman Education, NEA


  • Creighton University (JD 1976; BS 1971)