Charles K. McCotter, Jr.


  • Proctor in Admiralty
  • Application of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, and principles of federal jurisdiction
  • NC Dispute Resolution Commission Certified Superior Court Mediator
  • Mediation involving business and commercial disputes, environmental liability, employment law, civil rights actions, admiralty and maritime law, products liability, personal injury, wrongful death cases, construction law, real estate disputes, insurance, and land condemnation actions
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge full range of duties, including trials – jury and non-jury in federal civil litigation (1979-1995)

Charles K. McCotter Jr.
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Professional Associations

  • Craven County Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Federal Magistrate Judges Association
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEAL!)
  • NC Academy of Superior Court Mediators
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • Forum, Arbitration Panelist

Past Positions

  • McCotter Ashton, P.A., Partner, 04/2012 to 12/2014
  • McCotter, Ashton & Smith, P.A., Partner, 2003 to 2012
  • McCotter, McAfee and Ashton, PLLC, Partner, 1998 to 2002
  • Charles K. McCotter, Jr., Attorney at Law, 1995 to 1997
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, EDNC, 1979 to 1995
  • McCotter & Mayo, Partner, 1974 to 1979
  • Charles K. McCotter, Jr., Attorney at Law, 1973 to 1974
  • John D. Larkins, Jr., United States District Judge, Law Clerk, 1971 to 1972


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • Juris Doctor – 1971
  • University of North Carolina
    • B.S. – 1968
    • Major: Business Administration

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1998

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty and Maritime cases
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases
  • Business and Commercial/Transactions and Disputes
  • Construction Law
  • Wills & Estates
  • Real Estate/Representation of Landowners
  • Eminent domain/Just Compensation
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration

Current Employment Position

  • Charles K. McCotter, Jr., Attorney at Law, 01/01/2015