Joseph W. Cotchett

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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, Vol. 28, No. 4 (1994); "The People vs Greed: Stealing America: Main Street vs Wall Street: The Continued Erosion of Ethics in Our Professions, Business and Government", 2016. 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; "Punitive Damages: How Much Is Enough?" Civil Litigation Reporter, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1998. Contributing Author: Class Action Primer, Law Journal Press, 1973; Objections to Evidence and Preserving the Record, California Civil Procedure During Trial, CEB, 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; CEB, Federal Practice Institute, 1985-1997; CEB Annual Federal Trial Practice Institute, 1985-1997; CEB, Advanced Course of Study: Federal Practice, 1998; State Bar of California, Litigation Section, Champions of the Courtroom, 1998 Annual Trial Symposium. Special Counsel to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., 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, appointed by Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas, 1991-1993. Member: Select Committee on Judicial Retirement, 1993-1994, Appointed by Chief Justice Malcom Lucas. Member, Judicial Council Task Force on Complex Civil Litigation, appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George, 1997-1999. Member, California Commission for Impartial Courts (2007—). 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; Hastings Blue Ribbon Committee, 2002—. Member, Board of Directors, Disability Rights Advocates, 1995-2002. Member, Board of Directors, Witkin Legal Institute, 1996-2005. Member, National Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association. Member, Board of Directors, Bay Meadows Charitable Foundation (1995—). Member, Board of Directors, Public Citizen Foundation (1996—). Member, Board of Directors, California Works Foundation, (2000—). Member, Animal Legal Defense Fund (1999—). Member, Federal Judicial Advisory Committee, Central District of California. Member, Board of Advisors, Army War College (2000-2006). Member, Board of Directors, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California Historical Society (1995—). Member, California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care (2006-2012). Chair, Board of Directors, Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and The Common Good (2003—). Member, Board of Directors, Earthjustice, 2003. Member, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of San Francisco Bay Area, 2004—. Member, Board of Directors, California Polytechnic State University Foundation, 2005-2006.

American College of Trial Lawyers; American Bar Foundation; International Academy of Law and Science; International Academy of Trial Lawyers; International Society of Barristers; American Board of Trial Advocates.

Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
310-247-9247  Phone
University Attended:
California State Polytechnic College, B.S., Engineering, 1960; California State Polytechnic College, D. Litt., 2002; Notre Dame de Namur University, D.Litt., 2006; University of San Francisco, D. Letters, 2011
Law School Attended:
Hastings College of Law, University of California, LL.B., 1964
Year of First Admission:
1980, District of Columbia; 1965, California; 1972, U.S. Supreme Court
San Mateo County (Member, Board of Directors, 1970-1972) 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); Consumer Attorneys of California; (Presidential Award of Merit, 2000); Association of Business Trial Lawyers; American Association for Justice (Secretary, Commercial Tort Litigation Section, 1971; Chairman: Consumer Protection Committee, 1971; Chairman, Federal Courts Committee, 1978-1982; Member, Board of Governors, 1983-1986); Public Justice (President, 1986-1987; Member, Board of Governors, 1982—); American Board of Trial Advocates (1981—); California State Park and Recreation Commission, appointed by Governor Gray Davis (2000; Chair, 2001-2002); Roscoe Pound-American Trial Lawyers Foundation (1999).
U.S. Army 1960-61 Col.- JAG Corps; Special Forces Airborne USAR - Retired 1990
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Peer Reviews

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Santa Monica, California