Montana Supreme Court Appoints Michael Cotter As Chief Disciplinary Counsel For Montana

June 9, 2017



Syndicated by: Montana News

Chief Justice Mike McGrath today announced the Supreme Court has selected Michael Cotter to serve as the Chief Disciplinary Counsel for Montana. Cotter’s appointment is effective July 3, 2017.  The disciplinary counsel oversees discipline matters for all attorneys licensed in Montana. Cotter was selected from a pool of three finalists and replaces Shaun Thompson who has served as counsel for 12 years. Thompson is retiring effective June 30, 2017.


 The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) is part of a comprehensive lawyer regulation system established by the Montana Supreme Court. The ODC performs central intake functions and processes and investigates and prosecutes complaints against lawyers before the Commission on Practice. The ODC was created by the Court in 2002 and is funded by dues paid by attorneys licensed to practice law in Montana.   


“Mr. Cotter’s extensive experience in both civil and criminal practice was an ideal fit for the position. He will continue the excellent work done by Mr. Thompson. We are very lucky he was interested in the position,” said Chief Justice Mike McGrath.


Prior to being appointed as the disciplinary counsel, Cotter was the U.S. Attorney for Montana from 2009-2017. He has practiced law in Montana since 1977.  Mr. Cotter is married to retired Supreme Court Justice Patricia Cotter.  


"I am pleased to accept the appointment as Chief Disciplinary Counsel and I look forward to continuing this important work with the men and women in the Office of Discipline Counsel, the Commission on Practice and the Montana Supreme Court," said Cotter.


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