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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.

Background

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

Education

California State Polytechnic College (Bachelor of Science, Engineering, 1960). Hastings College of Law, University of California (Bachelor of Laws, 1964).

Career

Worked at Cotchett & Pitre. Admitted to the bar, 1965, California. 1972, United States. Supreme Court.

1980, District of Columbia. Author: "Discovery of Experts Work," California Trial Lawyers Association Journal, Spring, 1967. "Experimental Evidence in Products Liability," California State Bar Journal, November, 1969.

"The Class Action-The Coming Tool," American Trial Lawyers Association, February, 1971. "Judicial Salaries: Inflation vs. Justice," Trial Magazine, July, 1980.

"Shield or Sword: The Fifth Amendment Privilege In Commercial Cases," Trial Magazine, May, 1982. "Lawyer and Accountant Liability in Business Litigation," CTLA Forum, 1985. "Liability of Accountants and Lawyers," Trial Magazine, April, 1987.

"Punitive Damages: They Belong to the Public," International Society of Barristers Quarterly, Volume 28, No. 4 (1994). Co-author: California Products Liability Actions, Matthew-Bender, 1970. California Courtroom Evidence, Parker & Son, 1972.

Federal Courtroom Evidence, Parker & Son, 1976. The Ethics Gap, Parker & Son, 1991. California Courtroom Evidence Foundations, Parker Publications, 1993.

Persuasive Opening Statements and Closing Arguments, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1988. "Effective Opening Statements," California Litigation, Journal of the Litigation Section, State Bar of California, 1991. "Jury Trial Tips: Witnesses," California Litigation, Journal of the Litigation Section, California State Bar, 1991.

"Winning Through A More Effective Direct Examination," California Litigation, Journal of the Litigation Section, California State Bar, 1991. "Jury Trial Tips: High Tech Tools," California Litigation, Journal of the Litigation Section, California State Bar, 1992. "Arguing Punitive Damages," Civil Litigation Reporter, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1990.

Contributing Author: Class Action Primer, Law Journal Press, 1973. Objections to Evidence and Preserving the Record, California Civil Procedure During Trial, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1982. Winning Strategies and Techniques For Civil Litigators, Practising Law Institute, 1992.

Lecturer: Antitrust Actions, The National College of Advocacy, Harvard Law School, 1974. Class Actions; University of Southern California, 1975. Multidistrict Procedure, 1977 and Federal Evidence, 1979, University of Nevada.

Securities Litigation, Georgetown University, 1978. Trial Practice, Hastings Center for Advocacy, 1985. Continuing Education of the Bar, Federal Practice Institute, 1985-1996.

Continuing Education of the Bar Annual Federal Trial Practice Institute, 1985-1996. Special Counsel to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Junior, 1975. Co-Chairman, Governor's Task Force On Agricultural Labor Relations Law, 1976.

Member, Judicial Council of the State of California, 1977-1978. Member, Judicial Council Commission on the Future of The Courts, 1991-1993. Member: Select Committee on Judicial Retirement, 1993—, Appointed by Chief Justice Malcom Lucas.

Special Assistant Attorney General, State of South Dakota, 1978-1984. Member, California Commission on Judicial Performance, 1985-1989. Member, Board of Directors, Hastings College of the Law, University of California, 1981-1993.

Member, Board of Directors, Disability Rights Advocates, 1995—. Member, Board of Directors, Witkin Legal Institute, 1996—. Member, National Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association.

Member, Board of Directors, Bay Meadows Foundation (1995—). Member, Board of Directors, Public Citizen Foundation (1996—). Member: San Mateo County (Member, Board of Directors, 1970) and American (Member, Antitrust Section.

Vice-Chair, Committee on Commercial Torts, Section of Tort and Insurance Practice, 1989-1990) Bar Associations. The State Bar of California (Member, Board of Governors, 1972-1975. Vice President, 1974-1975).

San Francisco Lawyers Club. San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1969). California Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Governors, 1969-1972.

Vice President, 1972). Association of Business Trial Lawyers. The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Secretary, Commercial Tort Litigation Section, 1971.

Chairman: Consumer Protection Committee, 1971. Chairman, Federal Courts Committee, 1978-1982. Member, Board of Governors, 1983-1986).

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (President, 1986-1987. Member, Board of Governors, 1982—). American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate, 1981—).

Founder, Roscoe Pound-American Trial Lawyers Foundation. Fellow: American College of Trial Lawyers. American Bar Foundation.

International Academy of Law and Science. International Academy of Trial Lawyers. International Society of Barristers.

Military: Colonel, Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Army Reserve, 1960-1990, active duty, 1960-1961 (Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy).

Membership

Member, Judicial Council of the State of California, 1977-1978. Member, Judicial Council Commission on the Future of The Courts, 1991-1993. Member: Select Committee on Judicial Retirement, 1993—, Appointed by Chief Justice Malcom Lucas.

Special Assistant Attorney General, State of South Dakota, 1978-1984. Member, California Commission on Judicial Performance, 1985-1989. Member, Board of Directors, Hastings College of the Law, University of California, 1981-1993.

Member, Board of Directors, Disability Rights Advocates, 1995—. Member, Board of Directors, Witkin Legal Institute, 1996—. Member, National Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association.

Member, Board of Directors, Bay Meadows Foundation (1995—). Member, Board of Directors, Public Citizen Foundation (1996—). Member: San Mateo County (Member, Board of Directors, 1970) and American (Member, Antitrust Section.

Vice-Chair, Committee on Commercial Torts, Section of Tort and Insurance Practice, 1989-1990) Bar Associations. The State Bar of California (Member, Board of Governors, 1972-1975. Vice President, 1974-1975).

San Francisco Lawyers Club. San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1969). California Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Governors, 1969-1972.

Vice President, 1972). Association of Business Trial Lawyers. The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Secretary, Commercial Tort Litigation Section, 1971.

Fellow: American College of Trial Lawyers. American Bar Foundation. International Academy of Law and Science.

International Academy of Trial Lawyers. International Society of Barristers. Military: Colonel, Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Army Reserve, 1960-1990, active duty, 1960-1961 (Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy).

Connections

Children– Leslie F., Charles P., Rachael E., Quinn Carlyle, Camilla E.