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Founded in 2011 by Jerry Coughlan, Cathy Fitch and Earll Pott, the firm is the successor to Coughlan, Semmer and Lipman.  The firm has represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to sole proprietors and individuals.

This boutique trial practice law firm purposely retains its small size and limits its practice in order to focus on litigation and trial practice in substantive areas in which the lawyers are highly experienced.


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Earll Pott obtains dismissal of federal criminal charges brought against whistleblower.

On March 25, 2014, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California dismissed a criminal case brought against a former regulatory consultant to Valor Medical, Inc., Alan Donald, on joint motion of the parties. (United States of America v. Alan Donald, Case No. 13 CR 0725 NLS.) The case involved Valor Medical’s submission of false or misleading applications for a medical device exemption from the Food and Drug Administration. Though he argued vigorously that Mr. Donald should never have been prosecuted, but should have been afforded protection as the whistle blower who brought the misleading submission to the attention of the FDA, Mr. Pott expressed appreciation for the prosecution’s assistance in obtaining the dismissal.


Three Coughlan, Semmer, Fitch & Pott attorneys named Super Laywers.

Jerry Coughlan, Cathy Fitch and Earll Pott have each been named to the San Diego Super Lawyers list as some of the top attorneys in San Diego for 2013. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the area are selected by Super Lawyers.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to

Earll Pott and Harold Trimmer win summary judgment on the eve of trial.

On May 17, 2013, in Huber v. Huber (case number ECU06951), Imperial County Court Judge Juan Ulloa granted summary judgment on claims for negligence, equitable indemnity, and contribution asserted against a San Diego accountant. The judge granted the motion just three days before the scheduled start of trial.

The law firm of Coughlan, Semmer, Fitch & Pott is pleased to announce that Jerry Coughlan has been selected as "San Diego's Professional Malpractice Law, Lawyer of the Year for 2012," by Best Lawyers.

According to Best Lawyers, only a single lawyer, based on its extensive peer-review surveys, is so honored in each large legal community, and a lawyer selected as "Lawyer of the Year" received particularly high ratings in the surveys for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity. "I am honored that my peers' evaluations reflect such a high degree of confidence in me, and the work we have done," noted Mr. Coughlan. "Over the years, representing lawyers and law firms has become a large part of our practice, and the part I enjoy the most. However, the designation should have gone to our team, which has consisted of Cathy Fitch, Earll Pott and me for many years. The award demonstrates our team approach to these cases has been successful for a long time. Thank you Best Lawyers and the San Diego legal community."

Earll Pott wins jury trial.

Earll Pott recently won a unanimous defense verdict in the case of Heisey v. Foote, in the San Diego Superior Court, defeating claims of trespass and prescriptive easement. The plaintiff had sought unspecified damages for loss of use of the property and pain and suffering, as well as, a mandatory injunction. The trial lasted seven days.

Earll Pott speaks before California Realtors' Legal Affairs Forum.

Earll Pott spoke on criminal issues affecting real estate professionals before the California Association of Realtors' Legal Affairs Forum at the Association's 2011 California Expo in San Jose. Topics included the increase in investigation and prosecution of all types of mortgage fraud, especially foreclosure consultation fraud under Civil Code section 2945.4, and the establishment of company safeguards and protocols to follow in the event of investigation and the execution of search warrants.


San Diego District Attorney Files Charges Against Attorney Fighting Disbarment for Misappropriating Client Funds

The San Diego Union Tribune recently reported that the San Diego District Attorney has filed a criminal complaint against a Carlsbad attorney who allegedly stole over $100,000 from a client. The filing comes two weeks after the UT published a story documenting victims' calls for an increase in prosecutions of lawyers who misappropriate funds from their clients' trust accounts.  [view article]

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