June 28, 2021
Dysart Taylor is pleased to announce that of counsel attorney Robert W. Cotter will be retiring, effective July 1, 2021. In fact, Cotter’s retirement is 47 years to the exact day he joined the firm in 1974 as a law clerk. While he will be greatly missed, the firm congratulates Bob on reaching such a significant milestone.
“Bob is an excellent attorney who is able to tackle any number of cases, but that is not his legacy. He’s not only a consummate professional who provides sound legal counsel; he also exemplifies the utmost character and heart for each and every client,” Managing Director Amanda Pennington Ketchum said. “He retires from this firm having given it the values and culture that have been the true source of our success. I cannot imagine how Dysart Taylor could have achieved all that we have without his leadership.”
Cotter has spent the last four decades successfully defending cases involving wrongful death, personal injury and property damage in state and federal courts throughout the Midwest. Cotter was elected as a partner in 1979, became a named partner in 1996, and served as the firm’s president from 1999 to 2017 when he took an of counsel position..
He has become a highly regarded litigator with extensive experience representing many of the nation’s largest aviation and insurance companies and their insureds. In addition, he advises numerous small and medium-sized businesses on various corporate matters as an outside general counsel.
Cotter will continue to be an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, and serve as a mediator in private mediations. He earned his legal degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1976 and received his undergraduate degree in 1973 from Rockhurst University.