David G. Cotter

David G. Cotter


B.S.E. University of Michigan 1971
J.D. Thomas M. Cooley Law School 1976


Prior to entering the legal profession, Professor Cotter worked as a naval architect and marine engineer in Newport News, Virginia.

After being admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1976, he engaged in the general practice of law as a sole practitioner. He later developed a specialty in products liability cases involving watercraft.

Professor Cotter has published articles in the areas of partnership, conflicts of law, civil procedure, and land use, and is a member of the Cooley Legal Authors Society. He served as reporter for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan Local Court Rules Revision Committee from 1988 to 1991. He has received a variety of awards for teaching excellence.

Professor Cotter teaches Civil Procedure.



Cotter, David G., "Shooting Sports Versus Suburban Sprawl--is Peaceful Coexistence Possible?," 15 COOLEY L REV 21 (1998).

Cotter, David G., "Evolution of Local Court Rules: Recent Developmentsin the Western District of Michigan," 8 COOLEY L REV 551 (1991).

Cotter, David G., "Klaxon Company v Stentor Electric ManufacturingCompany: Rule or Relic?," 4 COOLEY L REV 101 (1986).

Books and Chapters in Books

Cotter, David G. "Corporations Supplement, 1986" in MICHIGAN LAWYER'S MANUAL by Roger A. Needham. Mundelein, Ill: Callaghan (1964).

Book Reviews and Other Short Works

Cotter, David G., "Coping With a Seamless Web" VII BENCHMARK (Thomas M. Cooley Law School) (Trinity Term 1985).

Cotter, David G., and Virginia Allen, "New Tricks for an Old Dog:The Michigan Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act," 62 MICH BJ316 (1983).

Other Writings

Cotter, David G., "Outdoor Sport Shooting Ranges: An Endangered Species Deserving of Protection", 16 T.M. Cooley L. Rev. 163 (1999)

Cotter, David G., "Shooting Range Public Relations, Management,and Planning Manual," in MICHIGAN OUT-OF-DOORS MAGAZINE (MichiganUnited Conservation Clubs) (April 1994).


Real-World Experience

Specialtiy: Products liability cases involving watercraft

Courses: Civil Procedure

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