Cotter & Zelman, P.A., is a boutique firm dedicated to serving the legal needs of its clients throughout central Florida and providing excellent client service and guidance throughout the often stressful and challenging process of bringing or defending a legal matter. Partners Kenneth Cotter and Andrew Zelman have over 65 years of combined experience advocating for clients in family law, criminal law, and personal injury matters. Cotter and Zelman are both former state prosecutors with decades of experience in fighting for the rights and interests of Florida individuals and their families, and winning positive results for their clients at all stages of the negotiation, settlement, trial, and appeals processes. Contact our experienced Winter Park criminal defense & family law attorneys today.
Providing Legal Services to Individuals and Families Across Central Florida
The Winter Park attorneys of Cotter & Zelman represent clients across the region in the following areas:
Family Law: Our attorneys handle all types of divorce and family law matters including high-asset divorces, collaborative divorces, military divorces, property division, parenting and timesharing plans, alimony, child support, modification and enforcement of support orders, grandparents’ rights, domestic violence, and more. We will work to promote economic and efficient outcomes, while focusing on getting you the family law outcomes you deserve. As an example of one such outcome, Kenneth Cotter obtained a punitive damage award of $1,000,000 for a client in a divorce matter involving domestic violence.
Criminal Defense: As former prosecutors, our attorneys are intimately familiar with all aspects of criminal prosecutions and investigations on both the state and federal level, and will fight for your constitutional rights and freedom. We handle a wide range of criminal law matters, including white collar crime, federal crimes, drug crimes, sex crimes, theft, unemployment fraud, and assault and battery. Our attorneys have been on the forefront of criminal law for decades, and Kenneth Cotter in fact was part of the defense team in the first ever criminal trial utilizing DNA evidence (which was later profiled on the show 20/20).
Personal Injury: We represent injured victims and their families in motor vehicle accident, premises liability, and wrongful death matters, and will force all defendants into court, if necessary, to pay for the full range of damages suffered by our clients as a result of the defendants’ negligence and wrongdoing.
A Boutique Firm with the Experience and Personal Service to Meet Your Needs
When you work with the Winter Park attorneys of Cotter & Zelman, P.A., you can expect personalized service and contact from our attorneys through every step of your family law, criminal law, or personal injury matter. Our attorneys have intentionally kept the firm caseload manageable so that they can provide the same caring and attentive service to each and every client as they have done through decades of private legal service in the central Florida area. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to the law, and our attorneys will work with you to come up with the best legal strategy to meet your needs – whether that be in efficiently negotiating a settlement to resolve a matter, or in aggressively pursuing your interests into trial and beyond – and guide you throughout the process as we work towards obtaining the legal goals of you and your family.
Contact Our Winter Park Criminal Defense & Family Attorneys Today
From our office in Winter Park, we represent clients throughout central Florida. Call Cotter & Zelman, P.A., at 407-629-4711 to schedule a free consultation with our skilled Winter Park criminal defense, family law, and personal injury attorneys. We look forward to speaking with you.
Experience That Gets Results
There is no substitute for experience when it comes to hiring a lawyer to protect your legal rights. With more than 65 years of combined experience advocating on behalf of clients both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, attorneys Kenneth J. Cotter and Andrew Zelman have established a track record of honesty, professionalism and proven results.
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Kenneth J. Cotter
The firm of Cotter & Zelman, P.A., has a focused legal practice with concentrations in criminal defense, family law and personal injury law. As former prosecutors, Mr. Cotter and Mr. Zelman have extensive trial experience and strong negotiation skills. While most criminal law, family law and personal injury cases are resolved prior to trial, having a skilled litigator on your side is critical. We believe strongly that our willingness to take cases to trial and our proven record of results in the courtroom is a distinct advantage for the clients we serve.
Cotter & Zelman, P.A., represents clients in Orlando and throughout central Florida. To schedule a free consultation, please call us at 407-629-4711. You can also contact us by email. We look forward to speaking with you.
Our Commitment To You
At Cotter & Zelman, P.A., we are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our clients. As a criminal law, family law and personal injury firm, we work daily on behalf of clients who are often facing some of the most difficult times of their lives.
We understand that the work we do often has a profound impact on the lives of our clients and their families. When we choose to take a case, we do so with an understanding of what is at stake and a deep sense of commitment to the clients we serve.
Our Experience And Personal Service
We take pride in offering the experience and expertise you might expect to find only at a large firm, while offering the personal service, accessibility and responsiveness that are the hallmarks of a small firm.
We maintain a manageable caseload so we can devote significant time, energy and effort to each client we serve. One of our firm’s partners will take time to listen to you, understand your objectives, explain your legal rights and options, return your calls promptly, and keep you informed about the status of your case.
Our Legal Team
We offer experienced trial lawyers and skilled negotiators who will aggressively defend your rights. Our partners, Kenneth J. Cotter and Andrew Zelman, have more than 65 years of combined legal experience. Mr. Cotter and Mr. Zelman are each former prosecutors. You will have a strong advocate on your side at Cotter & Zelman, P.A.
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KENNETH J. COTTER, ESQ., CFM
Ken Cotter is a native of Long Island, New York who received his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he attended the University of Miami where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1977. After law school, Mr. Cotter relocated to Central Florida where he was employed as an Assistant State Attorney in Orange County and went into private practice in 1981. In 2017, Mr. Cotter’s law firm, Cotter & Zelman, became affiliated with Orlando Legal.
Professionally, Mr. Cotter has gained extensive experience litigating cases in the areas of criminal defense, family law, and personal injury. He is also certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a family law and appellate mediator. Notably, Mr. Cotter was part of the defense team in the first criminal trials in the United States which utilized DNA evidence. Though commonplace today, at the time, these cases were featured nationally on the television show 20/20 and other national news programs due to the groundbreaking nature of their makeup. Mr. Cotter has also been recognized by his peers for his strong legal ability and high ethical standards with the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating. The AV Preeminent Rating is the highest available peer review rating held by just 8 percent of all attorneys nationwide.
More personally, Mr. Cotter has been married since 1977 to his wife, Cathy Cotter, a music teacher at the same local private school in excess of the last 35 years. They have a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren. Both of their children live in Central Florida where Mr. Cotter has been involved with sports since his children were young. He coached his daughter’s fastpitch softball team through her high school graduation and was a member of the Maitland Softball Association Board of Directors. After his daughter graduated from college, she eventually became a head coach of her own high school program where he served as her assistant. Recently, Mr. Cotter has coached his grandson’s little league team and currently serves on the Maitland Little League Board of Directors.
Areas of Practice
Personal Injury Law
Certified Legal Specialties
Certified Family Law Mediator, Supreme Court of Florida
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1979
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1979
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
J.D. – 1977
Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York
B.A. – 1974
Past Employment Positions
Orange County, Florida, Assistant State Attorney, 1981
State v. Tommy Lee Andrews
Mr. Cotter was part of the defense team in these cases which were the first criminal cases in the United States which utilized DNA evidence. These cases were featured nationally on the television show 20/20 and various other national news programs.
Mr. Cotter represented a client in a divorce proceeding in Orange County, Florida involving domestic violence issues. After trial the Judge awarded Mr. Cotter’s client a punitive damages award of $1,000,000.00.
Mr. Cotter represented a Defendant in a criminal case in Orange County, Florida who had been previously convicted of a home invasion robbery and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Mr. Cotter was successful in having the prior conviction overturned based upon newly discovered evidence and mistaken identification of the Defendant. His client was granted a new jury trial and was found not guilty and released from prison.