Alan K. Cotler

Partner

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, 1977, J.D., Member of the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Graduate School, 1974, MBA, Health Care Administration
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1972, B.S., Economics, Played varsity basketball on the Ivy-League champion and nationally ranked Penn teams of 1968 to 1972

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Alan is a trial lawyer who has tried cases to juries, ALJs and arbitrators and managed litigation in jurisdictions throughout the country.  He has won major jury verdicts in state and federal court, including multi-million dollar verdicts in commercial cases as both a plaintiff and counterclaiming defendant.  He has also successfully defended at trial complex commercial cases and product liability suits for major manufacturers and Fortune 500 companies.

Alan's trial and litigation experience over the 30 years that he has practiced has been broad-based encompassing commercial matters, business torts, land use and civil rights, environmental, class actions, product, medical device and pharmaceutical liability, toxic tort, mass tort, insurance, health care, intellectual property, construction, employment, labor and administrative law.

Alan has been voted a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" by his peers every year since 2004 when that process began.  This year he was listed as a "Super Lawyer" for the first "Corporate Counsel" edition.

Employment History

  • 2001 - Reed Smith, Partner 2001 - Present
  • 1994 - Klett, Rooney, Lieber & Schorling, Shareholder 1994 - 2001
  • 1978 - Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz, Partner 1986 - 1994

Teaching

From 1981 to 1989, Alan was on the adjunct faculty as an instructor in Legal Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as an adjunct professor of Trial Practice at Rutgers University School of Law, Camden; as a National Institute of Trial Advocacy Instructor; and has chaired trial practice seminars for the Philadelphia Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Recent CLE programs Alan has taught include "Many Faces and Emotions of Trial" and "The Impact Affect Has on Legal Careers." Alan has taught numerous trial advocacy programs for law schools, CLE programs, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.