Joseph N. Cotilletta

Joseph N. Cotilletta joined The Lanier Law Firm as an associate in 2014 and practices in the areas of asbestos litigation, toxic torts, mass torts, and product liability. Since joining Lanier, Mr. Cotilletta has enjoyed wide success representing mesothelioma victims in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania by helping to secure millions of dollars of compensation. Mr. Cotilletta has significant litigation experience, which ranges from intake to examination of witnesses at trial. Specifically, Mr. Cotilletta’s past experiences at Lanier include:

  • In 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.
  • In 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.
  • In 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.
  • In 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.
  • In 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.
  • Obtaining affirmative summary judgment against numerous defendants on various issues including imposition of successor liability for predecessor corporation conduct and Labor Law 241(6).
  • Numerous victories in the area of personal jurisdiction including through innovative approaches such as findings of successor liability for past jurisdictional conduct of predecessor corporations.
  • Successfully compelling discovery against recalcitrant defendants including depositions of corporate representatives.
  • Precluding corporations from imposing harassing litigation tactics on plaintiffs such as needlessly seeking the deposition of plaintiffs’ expert witnesses.
  • Taking and defending depositions of various witnesses including the parties, non-parties (such as co-workers or former employees of defendant-corporations) and experts.

Many of Mr. Cotilletta’s legal achievements at Lanier have been noted in Mealey’s, a legal news publication highlighting significant developments in the law. Since 2014, Mr. Cotilletta’s peers have consistently recognized his contribution to the legal profession by selecting him for inclusion to the Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars, an honor given to no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in New York State. In both 2017 and 2018, Mr. Cotilletta’s peers selected him for inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40, in New York State.

Prior to joining Lanier, Mr. Cotilletta was an associate at a law firm on Long Island, New York, where he practiced in a wide variety of substantive areas of personal injury law, including mass torts, toxic torts, and products liability. Mr. Cotilletta was the lead associate of a mass tort action for over 100 workers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and was instrumental in creating the first case management order for that litigation. During this time period, Mr. Cotilletta handled trials, appeals, arbitrations/mediations, and hundreds of depositions.

Mr. Cotilletta received his Juris Doctor from The Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law in 2011, where he 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).

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.

Mr. Cotilletta received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University in 2008, where he was a member and captain of the Men’s Lacrosse team. In 2008, the Men’s Lacrosse team advanced to its first NCAA semifinal game in program history.

Mr. Cotilletta is admitted to the New York and New Jersey State bars. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of New York.