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Antonio Arturo Cota

also known as Tony Cota, Antonio Cota

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

About Me

I was born and raised in the State of Washington, and later moved to Southern California, where I attended law school on a full scholarship.


 


During law school, I earned the Witkin Award for Excellence in Advocacy for my skills in written and oral argument and I was on the Honor Roll.  In addition to graduating in the top 10 percent of my class, I tutored other law students, helping them achieve success.


 


Before graduating, I interned with the Orange County District Attorney's Office.  The DA's office which assigned me to the Felony Panel where I assisted the attorneys assigned to serious crimes.


 


While I was in law school, I also worked for Gould & Associates, a top-notch employment litigation firm, where I assisted the attorney with the handling of every aspect of wrongful termination and wage and hour cases, including class actions.


 


After graduation, I passed the California bar examination before accepting a job with the former Riverside County prosecutor who ultimately trained me to handle all aspects of criminal defense cases.


 


I opened my own offices in 2006 to focus on defending people accused of crime.


 


In addition to the practice of law, I have helped train other law school graduates to pass the California bar exam by lecturing on criminal procedure, evidence.


 


Outside of the practice of law, my personal interests include music, photography, cooking, and spending time with my dog.


 


 


 


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    12 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 50%
    12 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

28 total 

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    I have worked with Antonio on several trials and consulted with him on many motions. His experience, knowledge, and passion are all superb. Antonio is one of the few attorneys who I trust to appear in court for me on the occasions when I am unable to. He has always taken care of my clients and treated them with the level of care and respect that they deserve. Mr. Cota is one of the few attorneys that I would trust to represent me, if I was accused of criminal behavior. Only a fool would represent themselves, so I would be wise to hire Mr. Cota.

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    Benjamin Swinburn Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Keith John Bruno

    Tony is a true pro. I wholeheartedly endorse his great work.

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    Keith Bruno Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Cota Law Firm

3900 Market Street
Suite 220
Riverside, CA, 92501

The Cota Law Firm

13019 Bailey Street
Whittier, CA, 92601

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200302/26/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Earl Warren ScholarshipWestern State University College of Law2002
Dean's ScholarshipWestern State University College of Law2002
Earl Warren ScholarshipWestern State University College of Law2002
Witkin Award for Excellence in AdvocacyWitkin2001
Dean's ScholarshipWestern State University College of Law2001
Earl Warren ScholarshipWestern State University College of Law2000
Dean's ScholarshipWestern State University College of Law2000
Who's Who Among American Law StudentsSumma Publishing2000
Tuition Waiver ScholarshipWestern Washington University, Dept. of Philosophy1996

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerCota & Zeiler2012 - Present
AttorneyKoestner & Shahon2010 - 2012
AttorneyLaw Office of Antonio A. Cota2007 - 2010
AssociateLaw Offices of Todd Rash2003 - 2005
Course InstructorBar None Review2003 - 2007
Law Clerk, Felony Panel (Student Internship)Orange County District Attorney's Office2002 - 2002
Law ClerkGould & Associates2000 - 2002

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Whittier Bar AssociationImmediate Past-President2012 - Present
Whittier Bar AssociationPresident2011 - Present
Whittier Bar AssociationionVice-President2010 - 2010
Whittier Bar AssociationTreasurer2009 - 2009
Whittier Bar AssociationTrustee2008 - 2008
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2006 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2003 - 2005

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v. X.M.Reversed and remanded.
People v. M. D.Acquittal after jury trial
People v. K.X.Convicted of lesser offense

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Bar None Review's Substantive Course OutlinesCivil Procedure (Editor)2004

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJuris Doctor (law)2002
Western Washington UniversityPhilosophyBachelor of Arts1996
Shoreline Community CollegePhilosophyAssociate of Arts & Sciences1994

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Whittier Bar AssociationDefending Criminal Contempt of Court Charges2010
Domestic Violence for the Family Law PractitionerCriminal Defense / Family Law2010
Bar None ReviewEvidence for the California Bar Exam2005
Bar None ReviewCriminal Procedure for the California Bar Exam2005
Bar None ReviewCivil Procedure for the California Bar Exam2004
Bar None ReviewCivil Procedure for the California Bar Exam2003