01: Attorneys

Floyd Cottrell


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U.S. District Court for the Districts of Southern and Eastern New York
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


Floyd G. Cottrell is a partner in Rawle & Henderson’s Hackensack, New Jersey office, and is a member of the Firm’s commercial motor vehicle, construction, and premises liability practice groups.

Mr. Cottrell represents clients and insurance carriers in retailer & restaurant matters, construction defect cases, and commercial motor vehicle/trucking cases. As an experienced litigator, Mr. Cottrell has taken many cases to verdict in bench and jury trials, and has appeared at numerous arbitrations throughout New York and New Jersey.

After law school, Mr. Cottrell worked for several civil defense firms in the New York-New Jersey area before forming his own practice. For 20 years, before joining Rawle & Henderson, Mr. Cottrell was the managing partner of the Cottrell Solensky, P.A law firm.

Mr. Cottrell is on the faculty of the CLM Claims College, School of Transportation; a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (“TIDA”); past president of the Brennan-Vanderbilt Inns of Court; and currently in his second term on the Board of Directors of the National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (“NRRDA”). In 2023 he was appointed to a one-year term as Chair of the International Association of Defense Counsel (“IADC”) Transportation Committee. He also serves in the Community Leadership of the CLM Transportation section.

Mr. Cottrell is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney. He has an “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubbell and “AV” Preeminent rating in the area of transportation law. Since 2008 he has been recognized repeatedly by Thomson Reuters as a New Jersey “Super Lawyer.

Mr. Cottrell is a frequent commentator on legal developments and regularly contributes to the publications of his organizations. His article “The Weather is Lousy and It’s Not Even a Defense!” (2020) for the National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association, addressed the ‘Storm in Progress Defense’ for businesses after a seminal ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court.  A TIDA newsletter explored whether truck drivers would enjoy a “halo effect” for service during the pandemic. And his “Shopkeepers’ Privilege” for the Defense Research Institute (2021) covered the ability of a business to detain a suspected shoplifter. He has written on the MCS-90 Endorsement and initial considerations in responding to a tractor-trailer accident for the IADC Transportation Committee.  In 2022 Mr. Cottrell wrote “Four Tips in Deposing Plaintiffs” published by Insight Magazine, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (2022).

Recent presentations include “Conducting Foreign Discovery in a Pandemic,” at the CLM Annual Conference in 2021, and co-presenting “Eyes on the Road: Acquisition and Use of Dashcam Footage in Accident Reconstruction” at the 2021 CLM Focus Conference.


Fordham University School of Law   New York, NY (J.D) 1983
Fordham College   New York, NY   B.A., 1980

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