Chad Cotten's convictions as a lawyer are founded on his resolute belief that the law is the bedrock of civilization and the cornerstone of the democracy in which we live. "The law is how we order society without resorting to violence and brute force. It protects all people, not just those with power," he says. "Therefore, the law is very important to me, and the best way to participate in the process of law is to practice it."
Mr. Cotten practices law as a shareholder in Baron & Budd's Mesothelioma Litigation Group, representing individuals with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. He concentrates his practice on the liability of employers and the owners of the premises where his clients were exposed to asbestos. He finds his work challenging and rewarding: "I particularly enjoy the intellectual challenge of understanding legal issues on the broadest general level, as well as mastering the individual details of each specific case," he says. "No two clients' cases are alike."
He also finds satisfaction as an advocate for Baron & Budd's clients, who are typically working men and women whose injuries were caused by the actions of large corporate interests. "Baron & Budd has never taken a case against a poor man," he remarks.
In addition to serving Baron & Budd's clients, Mr. Cotten puts his legal skills to use for the benefit of the community by providing his service, pro bono, to low-income individuals seeking assistance with divorces and income tax issues. He has consulted with a local professional rehabilitation association on the possibility of acquiring non-profit status. He is also keenly interested in legal issues involving white-collar crime, unions and organized labor, and employment law.
Education Southern Methodist University (J.D. 2001)
University of Mississippi (B.A., with honors, 1997)