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Cotter Clarkson Conway

DUI and DWI Attorney at Reno, NV

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    Nevada - NV 31 years
    California - CA 31 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State NV
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1992
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Cotter

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Cotter C. Conway has devoted his entire professional career to defending individuals charged with all types of criminal offenses, including drug-related offenses, battery and domestic battery offenses, gaming offenses, and driving under the influence (DUI) offenses. During law school, he worked in the Office of the Juvenile Defender for the Vermont Defender General and later in the Special Unit for the Defense of Drug Offenses. After graduation from law school, Mr. Conway moved back to Nevada where he began his legal career working in the private sector with other criminal defense lawyers. He soon joined the Washoe County Public Defender's Office, and later the Washoe County Alternate Public Defender's Office, serving notably as a Deputy Public Defender for more than 14 years.

Mr. Conway's exemplary service and abilities were recognized in 2007 when he was chosen to staff the newly-created Washoe County Alternate Public Defender's Office. In addition, he has represented the interests of the criminal defense bar before the Nevada State Legislature. In these roles Mr. Conway gained a depth of experience dealing with a very broad range of issues, giving him the insights and skills to zealously and effectively represent his clients in the courtroom.

Mr. Conway is licensed to practice in all Nevada and California courts as well as local federal courts in Nevada and Northern California. He is also a member of the Washoe County Bar Association, serving as its president in 2015.


Law Offices Of Cotter C. Conway
140 Washington Street
Suite 220
Reno, NV, 89503

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Posted by Jared Johnson | February 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience!
Cotter was familiar with the Fernley Municipal Court and quickly understood my case and corresponded with me quickly and consistently. Mr. Conway resolved a $1000 + traffic ticket for $115 and got the citation reduced from an unreasonable "aggressive driving" charge to a reasonable 11 mph over limit speeding violation that was more accurate to the circumstances. Because I am from out of state, I really appreciated his local knowledge and professionalism.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2015
Call this guy!
I got arrested for DUI in Sparks and I talked to 5 attorneys on the phone and met with 2 attorneys face to face. Although Cotter was more expensive than the other attorney there wasn't any doubt that I wanted to go with him...having said that I though that Cotter's price was very fair. Cotter is an expert attorney and takes his job very seriously. That was one reason why I went him but the other reasons were because I could tell that he cared about doing a thorough job and he had a really strong knowledge of the law. After reviewing my case Cotter brought me into his office and we went through everything...he explained the law to me and what I as headed for....I was nice to see that he knew the law front and back. At the end of the day he got my case dismissed. I couldn't be happier. No matter what your case is his man, he's a good guy and a good attorney. He knows what he's doing and has been working these kind of cases for years. He's a real pro and I don't think that you can get a better value with anyone else.
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Posted by September | July 16, 2015
felony child abuse/neglect
My 3 year old left my home two days in a row during a move. I was arrested and charged with child endangerment at first. Then it was changed to felony child abuse/neglect. He worked out a deal with the DA to have it completely dismissed. I think that's what makes him such a great attorney, his willingness to jump through hoops with the DA to come to agreements of lesser charges. My case was extremely difficult because I had CPS involved for 6 months and they refused to give good reports to the DA even though I was doing everything I was supposed to. But Cotter never gave up. And 6 months after I retained him, it was dismissed.
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2015
Out of State Representation
Cotter was available to review my case and assist with representing me out of my home state. The client-lawyer relationship is built on trust and magnified when you are filing a plea in absentia. He kept me updated after every court hearing and was able minimize the charges against me.
Posted by Daniel | April 10, 2013
Handled Traffic Citation
California Driver caught for Aggressive Driving, Mr Conway handled the case and was able to get the citation reduced significantly. Good communication and follow through. Would highly recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2013
No jail, no fine for drug possession
Police searched my hotel room, and they found schedule I drugs and paraphernelia. They charged me with three felonies, including intent to distribute. I hired Cotter Conway right away. He retrieved the police report, noted that there were various fishy/exaggerated statements in the police report, talked to the DA, and the morning of my pre-trial hearing, I was able to plead guilty to one misdemeanor with time served (the few hours I was awaiting bail) and no fine. I consider this to be an excellent outcome.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Cotter C. Conway
  • 2010 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Washoe County Alternate Public Defender
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Public Defender
  • Washoe County Public Defender
  • 1995 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Cotter Clarkson Conway
  • 1992 - 1995
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  • Vermont Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • B.S.
  • 1988


  • Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 1995 - Present

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DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
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"I endorse Cotter. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Cotter for several years and he has shown himself to be an honest, ethical lawyer who vigorously represents his clients. I highly recommend Cotter to clients who find themselves in trouble with law. His experience allows him to negotiate and deal with local prosecutors to find the best resolution possible for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know Mr. Conway to be a knowledgable, experienced, effective and zealous advocate for his clients. I highly recommend him to anyone needing criminal defense."
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Reno DUI and DWI Lawyer Cotter Clarkson Conway
Cotter Clarkson Conway
DUI and DWI Attorney
Reno, NV
Licensed for 31 years
Free Consultation