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Alecia E. Cotton


Executive Summary

Ms. Cotton is co-chair of the firm’s Retail Industry Trade Regulation Practice Group, and a member of the Environmental Law and Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice Groups.

Professional Qualifications

Ms. Cotton has experience in a wide array of civil litigation matters including consumer products litigation and class actions, environmental matters such as CERCLA, CEQA, Hazardous Waste, and Proposition 65, unfair competition and false and misleading advertising law, CLRA matters, business torts, white collar defense, and contract disputes. Ms. Cotton also handles ADA and Unruh Act violation claims including web access matters. She has successfully 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 with honors 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.


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

B.A., McNeese State University
Cum laude

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San Francisco, CA
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