Kenneth J. Cotter

Cotter & Zelman

2431 Lee Road
Winter Park, Florida 32789


Child Custody, Collaborative Divorce, Collaborative Law, Co-Parenting, Divorce, Divorce Modification and Enforcement, Family, LGBT, Paternity

Mr. Cotter was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Mr. Cotter then attended and graduated from the University of Miami Law School in 1977. After law school Mr. Cotter relocated to Central Florida and was employed as an Assistant State Attorney in Orange County, Florida until 1981, at which time he went into private practice. During this time Mr. Cotter was involved in the first criminal case in the United States, which utilized DNA evidence. This case was featured nationally on the television show 20/20 and various other national news programs. Since entering private practice Mr. Cotter has practiced extensively in the area of family law and is currently certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a family law mediator. Mr. Cotter has been married for 31 years to his wife, who is a music teacher. He has two grown children. Mr. Cotter's daughter is a high school teacher and the varsity girl's fast pitch softball coach. Mr. Cotter volunteers as her assistant coach. Mr. Cotter's son works while he attends community college.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit


  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D. - 1977
  • Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York
    • B.A. - 1974

Past Employment Positions

  • Orange County, Florida, Assistant State Attorney, 1981
Cotter & Zelman, P.A.
2431 Lee Road
Winter Park, FL 32789

Phone:     321-594-2761
Toll Free: 800-596-4254
Fax:         407-629-0180
Email: [email protected]