T. Thomas Cottingham

Tom Cottingham is a litigation partner and head of the firm’s financial services litigation practice group. His practice focuses on financial, environmental, and other business-related litigation.

Mr. Cottingham represents national and multinational companies in jury trials, class actions, and alternative dispute resolutions. He represents clients in cases related to financial disputes, the environment, consumer law, intellectual property and patents, securities, antitrust, product liability, and commercial contract disputes. He has tried more than 100 cases in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels and administrative agencies across the United States.

Mr. Cottingham serves as lead outside counsel for financial institutions in class actions, securities cases, government investigations, and other high-risk cases.  He also serves as lead outside counsel for utilities in environmental cases brought by federal and state agencies and environmental groups.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Cottingham served as an officer in the United States Army from 1969 to 1973.

Mr. Cottingham received a B.A. 1969 from Davidson College. He received a J.D., cum laude, in 1976 from Cornell Law School.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Cottingham is regularly recognized as a top lawyer in his fields by Chambers, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®Best Lawyers in America, North Carolina Super Lawyers, and Who’s Who.


  • Faculty, 2013 IADC Trial Academy, Stanford University Law School, Palo Alto, CA, July 26-August 2, 2013
  • National Trial Academy Special Standing Committee, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association
  • Dean, International Association of Defense Counsel Corporate Counsel College 2011


  • Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Third Edition (Robert L. Haig ed., 2011)
  • Mortgage and Asset-Backed Securities Litigation Handbook (Talcott J. Franklin & Thomas F. Nealon III eds., 2013)


  • Alabama
  • North Carolina


  • Cornell University, JD, JD, 1976
  • Davidson College, BA, 1969