Michael Cotzen began practicing law in 1999. Prior to forming Cotzen Law, PA, Mr. Cotzen practiced at four premiere South Florida law firms - - Hall, David and Joseph; Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin; and as a partner at Schlesinger and Cotzen and at Mansfield Bronstein. Michael has significant experience in real estate litigation and foreclosure defense, general business and commercial litigation, probate litigation, employment law, business and partnership disputes, and representing beneficiaries of life insurance policies. Mr. Cotzen has also written dozens of appellate briefs in Florida’s appellate courts and in the Eleventh Circuit. In addition, Mr. Cotzen presented a continuing education seminar for several years on Fraudulent Transfers.
Michael Cotzen has worked on many complex litigation matters in which millions of dollars were in dispute. He has also practiced in sports and entertainment law, representing athletes such as a top ten women’s tennis player, a major championship winning golfer, and an Indy race car driver.
Mr. Cotzen has twice won the Daily Business Review's Most Effective South Florida Lawyer Award. He first won in 2011 in the probate category for the work that he did in Brigham v. Brigham, where he was part of a trial team that obtained a $9 million judgment, including $1 million in punitive damages, on behalf of his clients. He won the same award in 2013 by leading a team of lawyers on behalf of the Peninsula Condominium Association who invalidated a note in a mortgage foreclosure case, paving the way for the association to assume ownership of a luxury condominium worth more than a million dollars without an enforceable note.
Mr. Cotzen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in business administration and insurance, and completed his legal education at the University of Florida College of Law, graduating in 1998. While there, Mr. Cotzen received a book award in Legal Drafting and served as a Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing. In addition, Mr. Cotzen was a member of Florida Blue Key, was elected to the University of Florida Hall of Fame in 1998, and was the chairman of Accent, the nation’s largest student run speaker’s bureau.
Mr. Cotzen is admitted to practice in the State of Florida, in the United States District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, and in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Eleventh Circuit.
Mr. Cotzen has served on the executive board of Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus for eight years, including six years as one of its vice presidents. He and his wife were awarded the synagogue's Young Leadership Award for the service commitment they have made to the synagogue. Mr. Cotzen also enjoys coaching and managing his son's baseball team in North Miami Beach for the last six years. He lives in North Miami with his wife, Marla, who is an emergency room physician at Miami Children’s Hospital, and their two sons.
Mr. Cotzen is an AV rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell, a rating bestowed on only 12% of all attorneys in the world. He also has a perfect 10.0 rating on Avvo.com and is highly reviewed by his clients on that website.
Cotzen Law, P.A. is a full service litigation firm that focuses on representing clients in a wide variety of disputes, including real estate/foreclosure litigation, employment litigation, commercial litigation and probate litigation. Michael Cotzen brings with him fifteen years of litigation experience in both federal and state court where he effectively and aggressively represents his clients’ interests, both in court and out of court. Prior to becoming the principal of Cotzen Law, P.A., Mr. Cotzen worked at some of South Florida’s finest law firms and has handled hundreds of complex matters in a wide variety of disputes.
Michael L. Cotzen, Esq.