Bernard Cotter and The Docket

Bernard Cotter, A Living Legend

Bernard Cotter has been a stalwart presence at McDowall Cotter for over 50 years and remains Of Counsel at McDowall Cotter to the present day, having retired from active practice in 2006.  His membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) is proof of the hundreds of jury trials he has skillfully tried over the decades and his innumerable awards and accolades confirm his legendary status in the legal community and his service to the community at large.

Bernie still serves the county bar association as the Editor of The Docket, the official magazine of the San Mateo County Bar Association.  For decades he has edited articles for the magazine and provided humorous and informative articles exploring diverse topics ranging from interesting legal cases to winding San Mateo County hiking trails.

At McDowall Cotter, we offer decades of experience with wealth preservation and estate planning and a commitment to the kind of rigorous ongoing education that guarantees its integrity and success. If you are based in the San Francisco Peninsula, South Bay, Alameda County, and San Francisco, and are looking to make or update an existing will or trust, or need help with a probate or a trust administration because of the incapacity or death of a loved one, please feel free to schedule a consultation with our attorneys at McDowall Cotter, or join one of our events and meet our attorneys!


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McDowall Cotter Attorneys San Mateo

McDowall Cotter’s chief objective is to deliver exemplary legal services that are personalized, effective, and efficient. Legal matters can be confusing and intimidating; we make it our business to provide clients with the assistance they need to understand the law and with the services they desire to make it work for them.

McDowall Cotter provides comprehensive legal services in five areas of practice: Estate planning, trust administration, civil litigation, small business planning and wealth preservation.

We pride ourselves on our knowledge, experience, commitment and compassion. We strive, for every client and under every circumstance, to conduct ourselves in ways that combine the care and creativity that make us excellent wealth preservation planners with the determination, teamwork and attention to detail that explain our enduring success as business counselors and litigators.

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2070 Pioneer Court
San Mateo, CA 94403
Tel 650-572-7933
Fax 650-572-0834

Mountain View – Satellite Office
800 W El Camino Real, Suite 180,
Mountain View, CA 9040