Joseph N. Cotilletta

Joseph N. Cotilletta

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in New York, NY

The Lanier Law Firm, PLLC
 | 126 East 56th Street, 6th Floor, Tower 56
New York, NY 10022-3613
Phone: 212-421-2800
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2012
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Italian
Attorney Profile

Joseph Cotilletta practices in the areas of asbestos litigation, toxic torts, mass torts, and products liability. He has significant litigation experience in trials, appeals, arbitrations/mediations, and hundreds of depositions. Mr. Cotilletta has second-chaired numerous asbestos trials obtaining several million dollars' worth of settlements before verdict. Mr. Cotilletta's practice involves litigating cases in many states including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. 

Prior to joining The Lanier Law Firm, Mr. Cotilletta was an associate at a law firm on Long Island, New York, where he was the lead associate of a mass tort action for over 100 workers claiming exposure to asbestos at the Nassau Coliseum and practiced in a broad range of personal injury actions as well as employment discrimination actions.

In 2014-2018, Mr. Cotilletta was named to the Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars list.

About Joseph Cotilletta

Admitted: 2012, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.lanierlawfirm.com/attorneys/joseph_n_cotilletta.h...

Honors/Awards:

  • Top 40 civil trial lawyers under 40-years-old in NYS, Top 40 under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • Top 40 under the age of 40 for civil trial lawyers in New York, Top 40 under 40 - New York, National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Member, Order of Barristers, 2011
  • New York Rising Stars, by Thomson Reuters, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York
  • The American Association for Justice
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • New York State Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Editor, Online Small Claim Dispute Resolution Developments - Progress On A Soft Law for Cross-Border Consumer Sales and the Development of A Global Consumer Law Forum, Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal, Business Litigation; Consumer Law, 2010
  • Author, Comparing Constitutional Constraints on Government Searches: The United States and Hong Kong, Penn State International Law Review, Constitutional Law, 2010

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • February of 2016, as co-chair, Joe secured a six-figure settlement at trial in Philadelphia for a lung cancer victim exposed to asbestos-containing insulation at a fiberglass manufacturing facility., 2016
  • January of 2016, as second-chair, Joe secured a seven-figure settlement at trial in Philadelphia for a mesothelioma victim exposed to asbestos-containing brake dust as a child in the 1950s at his family owned automobile repair shop., 2016
  • January of 2017, as second-chair, Joe secured a seven-figure settlement at trial in New York City for a mesothelioma victim exposed to asbestos-containing brake dust in the 1970s and 1980s., 2017
  • January of 2018, as first-chair, Joe secured a cumulative six-figure settlement at trial in New York City for a lung cancer victim exposed to spray fireproofing insulation in the 1960s., 2018
  • February of 2018, as second-chair, Joe secured a seven-figure settlement at trial in St. Lawrence County, New York, for a mesothelioma victim exposed to asbestos-containing talc while on the premises of a miner and miller of “industrial grade” talc., 2018

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Upon graduation, Penn State Law awarded Mr. Cotilletta with an induction into the Order of Barristers, a national honor society providing recognition for individuals who have excelled in oral advocacy and brief writing at their respective schools.
  • Helped recover millions of dollars for clients at or before trial.
  • Cotilletta was instrumental in creating the first case management order that will be used for decades to come in a mass tort litigation involving more than 100 workers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Educational Background:

  • Bryant University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Dean's List, 2008
  • While in law school, Cotilletta served as an Articles Editor on the Penn State International Law Review and published the article Comparing Constitutional Constraints on Government Searches: The United States and Hong Kong, 29 PENN. ST. INT’L L. REV. 147 (2010). Mr. Cotilletta was also Executive Vice-Chairman of the Penn State Moot Court Board and a member of the American Association for Justice Trial Team, where he advanced to his region’s semifinals. Throughout his law school career, Mr. Cotilletta interned with various district attorneys’ offices and judges and most notably interned for the Honorable Kim R. Gibson of the Western District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Cotilletta served as a research assistant for Professor Louis Del Duca and contributed to the article Online Small Claim Dispute Resolution Developments – Progress On A Soft Law for Cross‑Border Consumer Sales and the Development of A Global Consumer Law Forum, 43 UCC L.J. 419 (2010) (with Colin Rule & Daniel Nagel).
  • Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, J.D., Order of Barristers, 2011

Industry Groups

  • Asbestos
  • Mesothelioma
Office Location for Joseph N. Cotilletta

126 East 56th Street, 6th Floor
Tower 56
New York, NY 10022-3613

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Last Updated: 6/20/2018

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