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Eric H. Cottrell

Charlotte | 704.335.9850
Fax | 704.334.4706

Eric Cottrell is a seasoned litigator in both civil and criminal matters and has been lead counsel in multiple jury trials. He divides his practice between white collar criminal matters and commercial litigation. He is also a member of the Public Company Growth & Compliance Group.
Eric represents businesses that are the subject of government inquiries, and he conducts internal investigations into allegations of corporate misconduct. He has particular experience in managing complex Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations and advising companies on FCPA compliance matters. He recently concluded a federal grand jury investigation related to alleged FCPA violations. He successfully obtained a declination letter from the U.S. Department of Justice, formally closing the matter with no penalties or fines. Eric also handles government investigations and qui tam litigation relating to the False Claims Act for clients in the health care and defense industries.
In addition, he has significant experience advising companies on complying with U.S. export control laws, as well as investigating and disclosing violations to federal authorities. He has conducted numerous internal investigations involving alleged violations of the ITAR, EAR, and OFAC regulations, including alleged exports to Sudan, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Eric advises companies on how to assess anti-corruption and export compliance risk and design cost-effective compliance programs. Additionally, he works with companies to identify other areas of compliance risk (such as antitrust, anti-money laundering, etc.) and coordinates with other Parker Poe attorneys to create comprehensive, enterprise-wide compliance plans and provide compliance advice related to those other areas of regulation.
In his commercial litigation practice, Eric represents public and private entities in shareholder litigation, commercial contract disputes, financial services and securities litigation, trade secret litigation, and product liability defense. He has served as trial counsel for companies in federal and state court and has often litigated in the North Carolina Business Court. He also has extensive experience in managing complex and time-sensitive electronic discovery matters.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a foreign manufacturer seeking to protect the duty-free status of its U.S. exports in proceedings before the United States International Trade Commission.
  • Represented defense contractor in comprehensive export enforcement action conducted by multiple federal agencies.
  • Represented defense contractor in multi-country FCPA investigation and successfully resolved the matter with no fines or penalties.
  • Conducted internal investigation into alleged accounting irregularities on behalf of audit committee of public corporation.
  • Represented defense contractor in inquiry by U.S. Senate Committee.
  • Represented major chemical manufacturer in a multimillion-dollar commercial dispute.
  • Represented financial institution in the Enron securities litigation.
  • Represented defense contractor in federal investigation into potential violations of the False Claims Act.
  • Represented top manufacturer of construction equipment in a multimillion-dollar dispute with first-tier supplier.
  • Served as trial counsel for large health care provider in a federal trial involving alleged breach of commercial contract; the trial resulted in the defeat of a $26 million claim against the client and findings of liability against the opposing party.
  • Served as discovery counsel for Fortune 100 company coordinating responses to multiple regulatory investigations and shareholder lawsuits.
  • Represented the estate of a majority stockholder in closely held corporation in a dispute with minority stockholder regarding control of the corporation.
  • Represented closely held corporation in dispute with minority shareholder regarding valuation of stock.
  • Represented real estate developer in lawsuit against U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Advised defense contractors on Facility Security Clearances and related issues.
  • Represented Fortune 150 corporation in multimillion-dollar arbitration proceeding.
  • Represented individual doctor in False Claims Act civil and criminal investigations.
  • Represented health care corporation in qui tam lawsuit alleging violations of False Claims Act and obtained dismissal of all claims.
  • Advise companies in assessing export and anti-corruption risk and developing cost-effective compliance plans.

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Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Arbitration, 2012-2019; Commercial Litigation, 2013-2019
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star in North Carolina, 2014-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Government Investigations & White Collar Defense; Commercial Litigation; Antitrust & Business Torts; International Business
  • American Lawyer magazine 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in White Collar Criminal Defense Law
  • Business North Carolina magazine's "Legal Elite" in Litigation, 2011
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2010
  • Wake Forest University, Carswell Scholar


  • Charlotte International Arbitration Society (CIAS), Member, Board of Directors