Cotter Law

Our firm continues to expand its securities law practice to hold investment professionals accountable and become the largest securities & FINRA dispute resolution law firm in the Northeast.

Practice Areas

Securities Litigation (FINRA Arbitrations)

Representing Investors in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitrations.

​Has your portfolio suffered significant losses? Let us recoup those losses for you!

Stockbrokers, financial advisors, hedge fund and portfolio managers, as well as other licensed investment professionals, are required to provide financial advice and implement individualized investment strategies to achieve your investment objectives.

​Do You Have… an IRA, 401k, or any other investment account at a financial institution, investment bank, wealth management, or financial advisory firm, such as Fidelity, UBS, Morgan Stanley, Charles Schwab, Vanguard, Betterment, E*Trade, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, TD Ameritrade, or Merrill Lynch?

​Did your Financial Advisor…

  • Recommend investments, i.e., highly volatile stocks, outside your risk profile/tolerance?
  • Ignore your concerns?
  • Obtain consent before making a detrimental trade on your behalf?

​If you answered yes to any of these questions:

  • Contact our office to schedule a free consultation
  • We will review your account statements

What Distinguishes Our Team of Attorneys from Leading Law Firms & Other Industry Professionals:

Prior to joining one of the largest Creditors’ Rights and Commercial Litigation firms in New York State, Jesse C. Cotter, Esq. worked in the New York headquarters of Japan’s largest investment bank.

Our firm’s unique approach to litigating securities claims and representing investors in FINRA arbitrations against major brokerage firms and financial institutions is the product of Jesse’s background in finance and investment banking and our team’s years of experience in the financial industry.

​Our team reviews Securities/FINRA Claims collaboratively to develop unique legal strategies on a case-by-case basis to maximize our recovery of your investment losses.

We have extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Unsuitability
  • Securities fraud
  • Churning
  • Fund Switching
  • Unauthorized trading
  • Unlicensed trading
Commercial Litigation

Cotter Law Group serves as counsel to many leading companies, businesses, and financial firms. Our diverse portfolio of clients includes one of the largest construction and real estate development firms in the New York Tri-State area, a nationwide private lending & real estate investment company, New York’s leading provider of modular buildings, containers, and storage solutions, as well as one of NYC’s oldest and preeminent wholesale and distribution companies.

The firm’s litigation practice is led Jesse C. Cotter and Scott B. MacLagan, seasoned litigators recognized for deploying unique and well-configured strategies throughout each phase of litigation to achieve the best results for their clients.

  • Breach of contract
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Fraud and misrepresentation
  • Fraudulent conveyances
  • Tortious interference with contract
  • Tortious interference with business relations
  • Design professional malpractice litigation
  • Mechanic’s liens
  • FINRA arbitrations
  • Shareholder derivative actions
  • Piercing the corporate veil
  • Real estate litigation
  • Home improvement contractor disputes
Mergers & Acquisitions

Our approach to Mergers and Acquisitions is simple, but extremely detailed. We analyze the inner workings of our client’s businesses to provide the most effective advice and legal solutions across all aspects of a transaction. Our team helps enable the strategic growth of our clients through mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. We actively seek deals and opportunities to increase our clients’ market share.

Latest News:

  • Cotter Law Group appointed lead counsel by a consortium of investors for the construction and development of one of the country’s largest self-storage facilities
  • Cotter Law Group represents one of the area’s largest distributors of building materials in the strategic acquisition of longtime market leader and competition
  • Cotter Law Group represents boutique investment advisory firm in transaction involving the sale of its assets to an international insurance conglomerate
Appellate Litigation

The attorneys of Cotter Law Group’s Appellate Litigation Department are dedicated to providing our clients with the best opportunity for success, whether in prosecuting or responding to appeals. Our attorneys have successfully briefed and argued appeals in the First, Second and Fourth Appellate Departments in the State of New York. In addition to handling appeals on matters which we were counsel of record at the trial court level, our attorneys have also been retained for the sole purpose of briefing and arguing matters on appeal.

Cotter Law Group’s Appellate Department is grounded in the understanding that a successful appeal requires an understanding of the precise issues and standards as well as the ability to persuade the Appellate Court to issue a Decision and Order in accordance with the arguments set forth by our attorneys.

Real Estate Transactions

Cotter Law Group represents individuals, corporations, and other business entities in a broad array of Commercial and Residential Real Estate Transactions.

Commercial Real Estate Transactions

The firm’s Commercial Real Estate Practice, led by Jesse C. Cotter, advises major owners, developers, investors and funds on the purchase, sale and lease of office, hotel, retail, multifamily, industrial, and mixed-use properties. Our real estate clients benefit from our extensive network of industry professionals and long-standing relationships with retail and commercial banks, investment banks, and other non-traditional lenders in both the private and public sectors.

Residential Real Estate Transactions

Our Residential Real Estate Practice advises individual clients and developers on all aspects of residential real estate transactions.

  • Single-family homes
  • Condominiums
  • Co-ops
  • Title and deed issues
  • Easements and other right-of-way issues
  • Construction and architect agreements

The Team

Cotter Law Group team photo
Jesse Jesse Cotter
Thalia Thalia Gavriel
Scott Scott MacLagan
Salvatore Salvatore Monello

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Cotter Law Group
272 Plandome Rd.
Manhasset, NY 11030

Office Phone:

(516) 303-0494

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