Nick M. Cotten, Jr.


Nick M. Cotten, Jr. is a native Carolinian, having spent his youth in Charleston, South Carolina. His professional career began in Columba, South Carolina, at Allstate as a Claims Adjuster after earning his Bachelor of Science from Winthrop University. During his ten years at Allstate, Mr. Cotten received claims training in Chicago, worked catastrophe claims and achieved multiple promotions, including working in the Charlotte Regional Office. Additionally, Nick Cotten gained licensure in all lines of casualty, property, surety, and marine in both South Carolina and North Carolina. Nick resigned from Allstate after having achieved a 10 year vested status.

During the period following his work with Allstate, Nick Cotten attended Harvard Law School’s Project of Negotiation and completed both South Carolina Civil Court Arbitration and Mediation training. In addition to being a small business owner, Mr. Cotten became a private consultant working with attorneys to provide consultative services regarding strategic negotiation, claims consulting, as well as civil court arbitration and mediation strategies. In 2009, Nick Cotten once again returned to school and earned his Juris Doctor from Charlotte School of Law. in combination with his degrees, Nick Cotten has accumulated more than 100 combined hours of ADR training exclusively in the area of negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Nick has guest lectured on the topics of: effective negotiation and settlement tools in mediationnegotiation in contracts and on the topic of automobile claims.

Now, as an attorney and partner with Hamilton, Delleney, Grier, and Cotten LLC, Nick Cotten utilizes his combined 25 plus years of in depth experience and education in the insurance claims industry, negotiation/mediation and legal field to help his clients in matters involving serious bodily injury. He has experience in seven figure settlements and complex multi-policy settlements. Additionally, Nick Cotten offers risk analysis to small business owners, representation to selective criminal matters and civil court mediation.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Law
  • Wrongful Death/Survival Actions
  • Accidents and Injuries
    • Tractor Trailer
    • Motorcycle
    • Automobile
    • Multiple Vehicle Accidents
    • Premise Liability
    • Property Damage
    • Permanent Injury
  • Under and Uninsured Motorist Claims
  • Multiple Policy Issues
  • First and Third Party Insurance Claims
  • Civil Court Mediation
  • Negotiation
    • Structured Settlements and Special Needs Trust Small Business Law
  • Small Business Consulting
    • Risk Analysis
    • LLC Formations
  • Criminal Matters
  • Guest lecturer – Insurance, Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration

Admitted To Practice

  • South Carolina

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • South Carolina Bar
  • York County Bar
  • Chester County Bar
  • National Trial Lawyers Association — Motor Vehicles
  • South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association
  • York County Chamber of Commerce
  • Christian Legal Society

Community Involvement (past and present)

  • Annual Breakfast with Santa for Children
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Renew Our Community
  • Rolling in Rock Hill
  • Volunteer with Kiwanis Club
    • Salvation Army Volunteer Kettle Bell
  • American Red Cross Volunteer
    • Corporate Liaison for Blood Drives
  • Reedy Creek Reading Program for Children
  • Trinity Christian School School Board Member — Parent Liaison
  • Pro Bono Legal Representation
  • Education and Training
  • Winthrop University (B.S. in Business Administration, emphasis in Finance 1997)
  • Charlotte School of Law (J.D. 2012)
  • Harvard Law Project of Negotiation Workshop, Boston (2001)
  • Arbitration Training, South Carolina (2001)
  • Circuit Court Civil Mediation Training, South Carolina (1998)
  • North Carolina Adjuster License, North Carolina (1995)
  • South Carolina Adjuster License, South Carolina (1988)
  • Allstate Tech-Core, Chicago (1987)
Nick Cotten Attorney Rock Hill, SC
Nick M. Cotten, Jr.
Rock Hill, SC (803) 328-2201
Chester, SC (803) 581-2211
Fax: (803) 581-2216

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