Eric Cottle

Civil Plaintiff
K&L Gates LLP - New York - Corporate Law
599 Lexington Ave
New York City , NY 10022
(212) 536-3969
www.klgates.com/eric-r-i-cottle/



Primary Practice





Education


       
  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 1996, (Appellate Moot Court Honor Society; Louis L. Manderino Honor Society for outstanding oral advocacy);2011 Duquesne University School of Law Outstanding Achievement Award (for service and achievement)
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  • B.A., Adelphi University, 1984



Admissions


       
  • Bar of New York
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  • Bar of Pennsylvania
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  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
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  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
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  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
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  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
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  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York
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  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania


Mr. Cottle is a seasoned trial attorney and litigation partner in the Firm’s New York and Pittsburgh offices. Mr. Cottle has extensive jury and bench trial experience involving environmental and toxic tort claims, wrongful death claims involving catastrophic personal injuries and economic loss, and claims involving personal injuries due to claimed product design defects. His principal areas of practice focus on a wide range of commercial and consumer products litigation, including mass tort claims arising from alleged exposures to hazards from industrial machinery and equipment or exposures involving industrial premises. His clients include global manufacturers and suppliers of industrial machinery and consumer products, electrical equipment manufacturers and industrial premises owners.

Mr. Cottle often serves as a strategic advisor to clients facing mass tort and catastrophic personal injury and economic loss claims that are pending in jurisdictions throughout the United States. Mr. Cottle has significant experience developing and implementing strategic, company-tailored and cost effective processes, with the goal of mitigating and reducing the risk of trial. As lead trial counsel, Mr. Cottle has successfully tried over 13 significant mass tort and products liability claims to verdict over the course of his legal career.

Professional Background



Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Cottle was a litigation partner at a Pittsburgh law firm where he delivered strategic, comprehensive and practical advice to regional clients facing legal challenges in the areas of consumer product safety, unfair competition and unfair or deceptive acts, environmental law, zoning and land use, healthcare and medical malpractice.




Professional/Civic Activities


       
  • Adams Street Foundation Board Member - 2018-to present
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  • Pennsylvania Rising Star – 2006
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  • President – Homer S. Brown Law Association, 2007-2008
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  • Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division – Elected Chairperson, 2001-2002
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  • Allegheny County Bar Association Board of Governors – Elected, 2002-2007
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  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
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  • Carnegie Library Board of Directors – 2002-2006
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  • Allegheny County Bar Association Services, Inc. Board Member
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  • Family Services of Western Pennsylvania Board Member - 2007-2008




Speaking Engagements

Mr. Cottle has lectured at several regional and national seminars on a variety of topics, including, best trial practices and tactics, defending the corporate representative, and current developments and emerging trends in mass tort and personal injury litigation.




Additional Information


Publications
       
  • “Expert Witness Answer Book 2017,” Practising Law Institute, Co-author and editor, May 2017.
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  • “Expert Witness Answer Book 2016”, Practising Law Institute, Co-author and editor, April 2016.
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  • “Expert Witness Answer Book 2015,” Practising Law Institute, Co-author and editor, May 2015.
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  • “Expert Witness Answer Book 2013”, Practising Law Institute, Co-author and editor, May 2013.
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  • “Expert Witness Answer Book 2012”, Practising Law Institute, Co-author and editor, February 2012.

Mr. Cottle has represented a number of manufacturers and premises owners in matters related to claimed exposures to hazardous substances resulting in catastrophic injuries and economic loss, including the following:
       
  • Representation of oil company in regard to an on-shore well pad catastrophic personal injury and economic loss claim.
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  • Equipment manufacturer found 30% liable after a 2-week trial in wrongful death action involving asbestos exposure at several industrial sites in Western Pennsylvania. February 2016: Valent Rabovsky v. Air & Liquid Systems, et al., United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, No. 10-3202 (punitive damages claims dismissed).
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  • Obtained defense verdict after a 3-week trial for equipment manufacturer in a wrongful death action involving asbestos exposure on Navy Ships. February 2015: Robert Hicks v. Crane Co., et al., Philadelphia County, Philadelphia County, PA. No. 2167/2012.
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  • Obtained defense verdict after a 2-week trial for equipment manufacturer in a wrongful death action involving asbestos exposure at various industrial sites and on Navy Ships. July 2013: Loraine Liptak v. Crane Co., et al., Philadelphia County, Philadelphia, PA. No. 2145/2011.
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  • Obtained defense verdict after 4 week trial in wrongful death action involving exposure at Steel Mill in Western New York. March 2012. Emilio Paulini v. Crane Co., et al., New York County, NY., No. 124397/02.
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  • Obtained defense verdict after 4 week trial in wrongful death action involving exposure at industrial sites in Western New York. January 2012. Martin Michalski v. Crane Co., et al., New York County, NY., No. 1100021/02.
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  • Equipment manufacturer found 25% liable after a 3-week trial in wrongful death action involving asbestos exposure at various industrial sites. April 2010. Larry Bell v. Allen Bradley, et al., Philadelphia County, PA., No. 081101952 (Judgment overturned on appeal).
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  • Obtained defense verdict after 5 week trial in wrongful death action involving asbestos exposure at a Foundry located in Stowe, PA. December 2011. Thelma K. Miller v. Crane Co., et al., Philadelphia County, PA. No. 3266/2009.
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  • Obtained defense verdict after 5 week trial in wrongful death action involving asbestos exposure at the U.S. Bureau of Mines, Pittsburgh Research Center. December 2011. Helen Amsler v. Crane Co., et al., Philadelphia County, PA. No. 3050/2008.

Mr. Cottle has represented a number of clients in product defects matters.
       
  • Representation of manufacturer of outdoor living products in commercial and consumer defective product claim involving significant personal injuries and economic loss.
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  • Representation of manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial port machinery and off-shore products in matters related to product safety, product testing and training and labeling and warnings.
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  • Representation of original design manufacturer in regard to claimed product defect.
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  • Representation of German boat owner for claims involving breach of express contract and implied warranties.
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  • Representation of pet food maker with regard to issues concerning claimed exposure to glyphosate and unfair competition and deceptive acts.