Joseph E. Cotterman
Joe practices bankruptcy and creditors’ rights law. He has over 25 years of experience representing clients in the areas of corporate restructuring, business bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and commercial litigation. Joe advises corporate debtors, creditors, and committees in Chapter 11 cases, and lenders and borrowers in commercial and real estate foreclosure litigation. His restructuring experience includes the representation of creditors and debtors in the real estate development, retail, manufacturing, health care, telecommunications, airline, firearms, and high-tech industries.
Joe also has extensive experience representing creditor clients in provisional remedy and post-judgment proceedings and enforcement, and representing clients in both state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the State of Arizona, the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has served as a presenter, author, and instructor on topics relating to bankruptcy law and procedure, and foreclosure and collection litigation.
Associations & Memberships
- The Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, Member
- SubChapter V Small Business Chapter 11 Trustee, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona
Honors & Awards
- AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell™
- Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Bankruptcy, 2009-2022
- Southwest Super Lawyers®, Bankruptcy, 2009-2013
- Az Business Magazine, Arizona's Top Lawyers: Bankruptcy/Reorganization, 2013
- ASU Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Graduate of The College of Law, 1991
- Schmidt Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate of the School Of Justice Studies, 1988
Community & Philanthropy
Attorney Volunteer, St. Vincent DePaul, 2007-2011
Published Works Source
- Best Lawyers in America® 2022 Recognizes 37 Gallagher & Kennedy Attorneys, August 19, 2021
- Best Lawyers in America® Recognizes 36 Gallagher & Kennedy Attorneys, August 21, 2020
- Best Lawyers in America® Recognizes 33 Gallagher & Kennedy Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field, August 15, 2019
- Best Lawyers in America® Recognizes 35 Gallagher & Kennedy Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field, August 15, 2018
- Gallagher & Kennedy Adds Attorney to Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, June 4, 2018
Joe lectures locally and nationally on bankruptcy law, judgment enforcement, provisional remedies and creditor’s rights before professional and trade organizations.