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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 that 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.

Mr. Zelman successfully handled one of the first cases in the State of Florida involving modification of alimony related to co-habitation in a same sex relationship.

While working as a Statewide Prosecutor Mr. Zelman was involved in a case that resulted in the largest individual asset forfeiture in State history at that time.

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