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Patrick grew up one of ten children in a multi-racial family in Austin, MN.  Patrick went on to become a successful two sport collegiate athlete competing in both Football and Track & Field at the University of St. Thomas and graduated with honors in 1997.  He went on to recieve his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 2002.  Patrick's passion for providing the highest-quality assistance to individuals in their time of need is deeply engrained in him from his life experiences with his own family, along with valuable experience gained as a law clerk for the public defender's offices in both St. Paul and Mankato.  Patrick has gone on to become a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association.  Patrick is licensed to practice in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, and has handled cases in several States.  Patrick takes great pride in providing personal and expert representation in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury cases.  


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
    14 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    14 years



Contingent (10-33%), Fixed (always), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Patrick. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Brendan Robert Tupa

    I went to school with Patrick, but only really got to know him from working together on a fire-loss claim together. Patrick has an uncompromising sense of justice and fair play when it comes to advocating for his clients. He will leave no stone unturned while investigating and presenting the facts of his client’s case and see to it that his client is overjoyed with his representation in the courtroom. If you want a compassionate, level-headed litigator who will get you the results you desire in your legal matter, consult with Patrick Cotter.


    Brendan Tupa Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Sieben & Cotter, PLLC

105 Hardman Court.
Suite. 110
South St. Paul, MN, 55075


WIGood Standing201103/27/2015
MNAuthorized to practice200206/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2015
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2013
Rising Star AttorneyMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2013
Top 40 Trial Lawyer Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2012
Rising Star AttorneySuper Lawyers2012
Certified Criminal Law SpecialistMinnesota State Bar Association2011
Rising Star AttorneyLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Rising Star AttorneyLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Rising Star AttorneyLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Rising Star AttorneyLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Rising Star AttorneyLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Rising Star AttorneyLaw & Politics Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSieben & Cotter, PLLC2014 - Present
AttorneyCotter Law Office -Owner2005 - 2014
AttorneyGrannis & Hauge P.A2002 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Dakota County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Ramsey County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Minnesota Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Minnesota v. GreeneJury Verdict of NOT GUILTY
State of Minnesota v. TorkeJury Verdict of NOT GUILTY
State of Minnesota v. LopezJury Verdict of NOT GUILTY
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Publication nameTitleDate
Challenger Magazine"The House is on Fire"2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of St. ThomasSocial SciencesBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal Education"Sentencing Everything But Trial School2014
Trial School"It's Game Time Winning Opening Statements"2013
Continuing Legal Education'I Need to Drive, Minnesoa Implied Consent Law"2013
Hennepin County Bar Assocation CLE"Winning Closing Arguments and Sentencing"2012