100 Energy Way
Fort Worth, TX 76102
817-288-7140 (Direct Dial)
Larry E. Cotten is a partner with Cotten Schmidt & Abbott, handling litigation, including commercial, toxic tort, premises and products liability. Larry has served as regional and state coordinating counsel and lead counsel for companies with national “mass tort” litigations involving allegations of property damage and personal injury.
Larry has served as trial counsel for DuPont in the Texas premises liability litigation as well as assisting in the silica and benzene litigations. In the work for DuPont, Larry and the firm have served as regional (multi-state) counsel in the successful defense of the TMJ implant litigation. DuPont won every TMJ case that was decided to a final judgment by the courts. FIFTY-SIX (56) courts in a row ruled in favor of DuPont and every appellate court ruling was also in favor of DuPont. A defense judgment or favorable dismissal was entered for DuPont on all of the claims including those in Texas and all other regions for which the firm served as regional counsel.
In the Benlate™ litigation, as a part of winning a trial in Parker County, Texas, Larry and the firm successfully established the acceptance of the Daubert standard in Texas for the admission of expert witness testimony which was adopted by the Texas Supreme Court in E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. v. Robinson, 923 S.W.2d 549 (Tex. 1995)
The firm has worked collaboratively for over seventeen years with Crowell & Moring, Mehaffy Weber and others in defending DuPont in premises litigation involving claims concerning alleged asbestos exposure. Larry headed trial teams in obtaining no liability trial victories in four wrongful death cases — one in Victoria County, one in Dallas County, the third working as co-counsel with Mehaffy Weber in Jefferson County where the damages sought were in excess of one billion dollars, and in Richmond, Virginia.
Larry is proud to have been selected to serve as trial counsel for E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, General Electric Co., Griffin, L.L.C., AT&T, TIN, Inc., Amadeus IT Group SA, and The Electric Insurance Company as well as his other clients.
- B.A., Economics, University of Texas – Austin, 1976
- J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1979
HONORS AND AFFILIATIONS
- State Bar of Texas
- Tarrant County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Top Civil Defense Lawyer; Fort Worth Magazine – 2015
MILITARY SERVICE AND LANGUAGES SPOKEN
- Served in the United States Air Force from 1969 through 1972 as an airborne combat crew member in Southeast Asia
- Graduated from the Defense Language Institute West Coast, Presidio of Monterey, California as a Chinese linguist (Mandarin)
- State Bar of Texas
- United States District Court (all Districts in Texas)
- United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- United States Supreme Court