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Brandon Cotter

trial attorney

Brandon Cotter, Esq.

Brandon Cotter

What do you like most about your job?

What I like most about my job is that we get to fight for people who generally do not have a voice.  We only represent individuals, not big companies.  Every single day insurance companies, product manufactures and big businesses try to take advantage of people who they have injured.  As a trial lawyer, I take the most pride in going to trial to make sure that doesn’t happen.  With the team we have here at the Platta Law Firm, I know we don’t just give our clients a fighting chance, we give them the advantage.

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What do you like least?

Quite frankly, if insurance companies and business did right by people, my job wouldn’t exist.  It frustrates me that people need to fight for years just to get a fair settlement from companies who claim to want to take care of people.  We have all seen the commercials where insurance companies claim to have your best interests at heart.  They don’t.  If they did, you wouldn’t need me.

How would you describe your approach to a case?

I like to think I approach each case with controlled aggression and complete compassion.  As a lawyer for victims, you need to know how to keep a case moving through the system.  This means being aggressive with the moves you make with the courts and defendants.

When it comes to working with our clients, I know that they are coming to me because they have no choice.  Every client I meet would rather be healthy and working, rather than worrying about their family’s future.  It is important to me that our clients know that their pain is at the forefront of our mind.  It drives every move we make.

Tell your client’s something new about you that they probably don’t know?

 I am a huge Chicago Cubs fan.  I know that might not be the most popular choice in New York City, but I was born about an hour south of Chicago.  If it is baseball season, you better believe I am finding a way to get the game on tv.

Awards and Associations:

Who’s Who in America 2019, 2020

Top 100 Registry Attorney of the Year 2020

National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 – 2019, 2020

Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Lawyers of Distinction 2019

Hudson Valley Magazine Top Attorneys 2017, 2018

National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys Top 10 Under 40 – 2018, 2019

Order of The Barristers

New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers – Travis D. Lewin Award 2010; Excellence in Advocacy Award, 2010

American Bar Association


Bar Admissions:

New York State

Southern District of New York

Northern District of New York



Syracuse University College of Law – Juris Doctor

Winner – New York State Trial Competition

Illinois Wesleyan University – B.A. in Political Science


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