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Joseph Winters Cotchett

Joseph Winters Cotchett, American lawyer, writer. Bar: California 1965, District of Columbia 1980. Named one of Top Ten Lawyers in Bay Area, San Francisco Chronicle, 2003.


  • Cotchett, Joseph Winters was born on January 6, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Joseph Winters and Jean (Renaud) Cotchett.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, California Polytechnic College, 1960. Bachelor of Laws, University California Hastings College Law, 1964.


    • Partner Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, Burlingame, California, since 1965. Member California Judicial Council, 1975-1977, California Commission on Judicial Performance, 1985-1989, Commission 2020 Judicial Council, 1991-1994. Select committee on judicial retirement, since 1992.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: California 1965, District of Columbia 1980.


    • California courtroom evidence
    • Highlights to California courtroom evidence- 1986 supplement--The legislature's 1985 changes to the evidence code appear in this edition.


    Chairman San Mateo County Heart Association, 1967. President San Mateo Boys and Girls Club, 1971. Board directors University California Hastings Law School, 1981-1993.

    With Intelligence corpus, United States army, 1960-1961. Colonel Judge Advocate General Corps, United States Army Reserve, retired. Fellow American Bar Foundation, American Board Trial Advocates, American College Trial Lawyers, International Academy Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers, National Board Trial Advocates (diplomate civil trial advisory), State Bar California (governor 1972-1975).

    Clubs: Commonwealth, Press (San Francisco).


    • Children– Leslie F., Charles P., Rachael E., Quinn Carlyle, Camilla E.
    • father: Joseph Winters Cotchett
    • mother: Jean (Renaud) Cotchett
    • children: Leslie F. Cotchett
    • Charles P. Cotchett
    • Rachael E. Cotchett
    • Quinn Carlyle Cotchett
    • Camilla E. Cotchett
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    Born January 6, 1939