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David E. Aron
Gayle M. Athanacio
Stephen L. Bacon
Merri A. Baldwin
Robert J. Breakstone
Dennis J. Callahan
Thomas H. Carlson
Jeffery M. Chiow
Alecia E. Cotton
Joshua M. Deitz
Robert C. Goodman
Lucas T. Hanback
John G. Heller
Dennis C. Huie
Suhani Kamdar
Lauren B. Kramer
S. Amber Lee
Mark J. Linderman
E. Jacob Lubarsky
James Robert Maxwell
Joseph C. McGowan
Patricia A. Meagher
Robert S. Metzger
Brian D. Miller
Alexis J. Morris
Nicholas T. Niiro
Roland Nikles
Neil H. O'Donnell
Dean D. Paik
Sharon Ongerth Rossi
Aaron M. Scolari
Aaron P. Silberman
Katherine M. Svinarich
Renée D. Wasserman
Alan J. Wilhelmy
Paul M. Zieff

Alecia E. Cotton
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Areas of Practice

Ms. Cotton is a member of the firm's Retail Industry Trade Regulation and Environmental Law Practice Groups.

Professional Qualifications

Ms. Cotton has experience in a wide array of civil litigation including consumer products litigation and class actions, environmental matters such as CERCLA, Hazardous Waste and Proposition 65, unfair competition law, business torts, white collar defense, and contract disputes. She has litigated in federal and state courts and is experienced across all phases of litigation in complex matters. She has represented a broad range of clients, including commercial premises owners, and manufacturers, suppliers and retailers of both commercial and consumer products. Ms. Cotton has handled a significant number of complex commercial civil litigation cases from inception through trial and has a proven track record of successfully defending corporations in California state and federal courts in high value litigation. Ms. Cotton regularly counsels large and small businesses on issues involving regulatory compliance, business practices and environmental matters.

Before joining Rogers Joseph O'Donnell, Ms. Cotton was an associate at McKenna Long and Aldridge. Ms. Cotton earned a degree in both civil and common law from Loyola University College of Law, New Orleans. While in law school, Ms. Cotton served as a student attorney for the Loyola Poverty Law Clinic’s Family and Juvenile Division.  She also served as legal adviser to the Hurricane Katrina Law Clinic. Ms. Cotton served as a selected member of the Public Interest Law Journal, the St. Thomas More American Inn of Court, and the Order of Barristers. Ms. Cotton was the recipient of the National Association of Women Judges Honors Scholarship.

Ms. Cotton currently volunteers as a pro bono attorney for the Volunteer Legal Services Division of the San Francisco Bar Association and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.


J.D., Loyola University College of Law
With honors

B.A., McNeese State University
Cum laude

Bar Admissions

Environmental Law
Retail Industry Trade Regulation

Recent Publications and Public Speaking

New Proposition 65 Warning Regulations Adopted (PDF) RJO Update, September 2016, co-authored


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