John Cottle

Office Managing Shareholder, Ft. Walton Beach
Professional Experience

John Cottle’s practice is focused on litigation of complex real estate and business disputes, representation of
condominiums and community associations, and director and officer liability. A seasoned litigator, he has over 40
reported cases in the state and federal reporters to his credit and has tried more than 50 jury cases to a verdict. In the
recently completed case of Shores of Panama Resort Community Association v. Halberthal, et al, he obtained a jury
verdict of over $11.9 million for his client based on breach of fiduciary duty claims. John has spoken and published on
a variety of topics including the fiduciary obligation owed by community association directors and the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill and its implication for coastal condominium associations. He is an active member of the Community
Association Institute and regularly teaches board certification courses for directors of condominium and homeowner
associations. He will be presenting at the Community Association Institute’s National Legal Seminar in Las Vegas in
January of 2017. John is board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar and is considered an expert in the area.
He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, with a peer review rating of 5 out of 5, the highest rating given by
that organization. He is also the author of an award-winning short story collection, The Blessings of Hard-Used
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • Federal District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Birmingham-Southern College
  • The University of Alabama