It has taken me a few years to write this review. One of the previous reviewers said that Gregg Cotler is the attorney of last resort-well maybe that is true but if you can help it, why wait. I hope people read this review and realize how critical it is to engage the right attorney. Gregg Cotler deserves the highest attorney rating and anyone who is going through even half of what my family experienced, should, without question, retain Mr. Cotler. One or two word platitudes regarding Mr. Cotler simply won't suffice. Mr. Cotler represented my company and my family at a time when everything seemed lost and we were literally running out of any hope. For many years, we ran a small family company. We paid our employees quite well, we treated them as family members, and never in our wildest dreams would we ever have suspected that one of those employees would be responsible for stealing more than a half a million dollars from us and was ultimately responsible for destroying our entire business. We were alerted to the theft by our credit card company but it was Mr. Cotler who figured out what really was going on inside our company. Once he deciphered and disentangled the criminal scheme, he walked our family through the criminal investigation, taking us to the best group of detectives in our county. Then he counseled us through the criminal trial, penalty stage and restitution agreement. He met with the defense counsel, the detectives, and with the judge and, he developed an amazing criminal and civil litigation strategy. On the civil side, he negotiated a settlement with our insurance company and filed suit against the employee for damages. His litigation skills were so sharp that he basically forced the defendant to choose settlement which included the sale of her personal home. His overall strategy and plan for helping my family was nothing short of miraculous. Where most attorneys would have only been peripherally involved in the criminal case, Mr. Cotler orchestrated the best possible resolution for our family. It is my understanding that in most cases involving embezzlement by an employee, that employee either receives a jail sentence and then probation or just probation. Although restitution may be ordered in many cases, the enforcement of those payments is almost non-existent. In our case, the former employee actually received 21 years house arrest which was primarily based upon the monthly calculation to repay our family. It was such an original and novel plan that it instantly received national attention and we were contacted by both the television and newspaper press.
I have read some of the reviews previously written about Mr. Cotler and I hope that I can add some helpful and significant information. If you are looking for an attorney who can review and write contracts or negotiate business deals, you certainly can hire Mr. Cotler. However, you probably could find a fair number of attorneys in your community who could handle general business matters for less money. Mr. Cotler is fair minded when it comes to hourly billing but he is not the least expensive attorney around. No, the most important thing that I could say about Mr. Cotler is the fact that he is one of a kind and if you are looking for an attorney to help solve complex and serious problems, he gets my highest recommendation. He has that very rare quality of being a great listener combined with the highest level critical thinker and possesses a unique analytical mind, the empathy of a saint and has a seemingly endless energy reserve. He is an incredible litigator and he can out-work a team of big firm lawyers. If you can afford his services by all means hire him before the other side does.
Posted by a client
Gregg has represented me for about three years in a matter that has required extensive and detailed knowledge in a variety of business areas. He has competently provided the appropriate case law and citations to document the powerful arguments he has offered on my behalf. He has used logic and understanding in presenting his arguments. Most important, he has provided me with support and security by assuring me that he would not abandon me during this difficult and time consuming ordeal.
Posted by a Immigration client
The 2008 Thanksgiving holiday was a few days away. My wife and I were praying for a miracle. We had received a final Order from the Office of Homeland Security directing us to pack our bags and to appear at a detention center for deportation back to our birthplace. If that was not bad enough, our children, who were all born in the United States, would be thrown into this terrible conflict because they were legally entitled to stay in the United States. My wife and I showed up at Gregg Cotler's Law Office with the Final Deportation Order in our hand. We told Mr. Cotler that we had been through the immigration legal system for several years, all of our appeals were denied and, now, we were at the end of the road. Mr. Cotler listened to our plight and at the end he politely informed us that he did not specialize in Immigration Law. We told him that we knew that immigration law was not his specialty, however, we were told that he was the "Attorney of Last Resort".
Mr. Cotler took our case. The first impression we had of Mr. Cotler was that he sincerely cares about helping people. When everything appears to be going wrong, it is so important to know that you have an advocate who really does care about helping others. The next significant impression that we got was that Mr. Cotler has an incredible passion and energy level and he quickly explained what his strategy was and he promptly began implementing that strategy.
While important paperwork was being compiled and finalized for filing, Mr. Cotler prepared Press Releases and held a Press Conference with all of the local television stations, radio stations and newspaper reporters in attendance. The impact of that Press Conference was enormous and fueled our legal strategy going forward. Mr. Cotler's rare intelligence and unique communication skills broke our case wide open. After years of dissappointment with the legal system we were completely shocked and surprised by how fast Mr. Cotler was able to turn our case completely around. Local interest in our story quickly developed into national interest and, then just as quickly, the international press reported on our case. Mr. Cotler handled the Press and the attorneys at ICE and at The Office of Homeland Security with such ease and professionalism. Although we are no expert, we have read many legal documents prepared by our past lawyers and we can confidently say that Mr. Cotler's ability to draft clear and persuasive legal documents is unprecedented. Thankfully and as a direct result of Mr. Cotler's outstanding counsel my wife and I are still living with our children in the United States.
Posted by Kyle
I am the founder and President of a regional healthcare company. One day in the mail I received a letter from an attorney who was a partner in one of the large firms in Philadelphia. The letter stated that I was being put on notice of an emergency meeting of the board of directors of my company and that one of the primary issues for the agenda was to vote me out as the President and to present offers to buy my equity interest in the Company and if I refused their "generous" offer, they would be seeking to strip me of my ownership interest altogether. I knew only a few attorneys in and around Philadelphia. One of the attorneys that I knew was Gregg Cotler. He is known in the community as being one of the most intelligent and hard working professionals, however, because of that, he is also known as one of the busiest lawyers around. And, because I was sure that the only way I had a shot at winning was to hire a fully dedicated and focused attorney who could give my case the time that was required, I was not sure whether Mr. Cotler was going to be able to help me. So, when I met with him, I made it clear that I would only hire him if I was adequately assured that he would give my case the attention that was needed. After we got that out of the way, and within one week of of Mr. Cotler's representation of me, he presented me with a detailed written plan and strategy for winning my case. For people reading this review, all I can tell you is that the plan was brilliant. Mr. Cotler had really listened to my take of the problems within the partnership, he listened to my opinion regarding the personalities involved, and about the value of my Company. He had devised a plan of not only thwarting the unfriendly takeover bid by two of my partners, but in addition, he established a road map to remove them as officers and directors of the Company and to strip them of any ownership.
Within weeks Mr. Cotler had filed several pleadings, including a Complaint, TRO package, Motions and Discovery. After the first major hearing, the tide began to turn and we never looked back from there.
We won and I have to sincerely state that Gregg Cotler was perfect. The only rating that I gave him above that was short of Excellent was that he was so busy at times that I did not hear from him as often as I would have liked. However, to be fair, I wanted to talk to him about my case on the hour every hour of every day.
I hope that this review has been helpful.
Posted by a Criminal Defense client
I hired Gregg N. Cotler, Esquire to handle a multi-count indictment against me and other officers of my company. I was trying to keep my family together and at the same time help run a 150 person company. I was so impressed by Gregg Cotler's empathy and sensitivity to everything that me and my family were experiencing. In addition, he is incredibly smart and has an almost endless amount of energy which he uses to completely analyze all aspects of my case. He thought of things that impressed both the Federal Prosecutor and the Federal Judge. He is, in my estimation, the best attorney I have ever seen. I give him my highest recommendation.