Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP

3 Star Rating     3 reviews 
Main Office:

San Francisco Airport Office Center, 840 Malcolm Road, Suite 200 | Burlingame | CA | 94010-1401

Phone: 650-697-6000 | Fax: 650-697-0577

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Biggest office Burlingame
Number of attorneys 29
   3 reviews

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on March 03, 2021

Advice to law firm management: For paralegals, the training was adequate, but help them understand why they're doing certain tasks, it will make them better lawyers. Also, update your tech.

Pros: Very supportive of new grads. Great learning experience. Systems in place to help you succeed.

Cons: Authoritarian vibes at times. Mandatory 2-3 Saturdays per month is the worst and you will work 60-80 hr. workweeks at times.

Partners to Avoid and Why: Brian Danitz - tough communicator; hard to work with. Joe Cotchett - the big boss; keep it short and sweet with him and you will be fine. Anne Marie Murphy - nice but hard to work with at times.

Favorite Things About this Firm: Some really great attorneys. Find the right mentors, work hard, and you'll thrive.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2019

Job type: Full time

Length of Employment: 1-2 years

- Reviewed on December 02, 2020

Advice to law firm management: Hire a real HR and develop a business strategy that will make the firm have a low turn over rate.

Pros: Good place to work to gain some experience because they hire even if you have little to no experience. This is useful to move up and apply at a better law firm.

Cons: The hire fresh out from college for assistant/paralegals positions yet expect you to know everything. God forbid you ask a question. They will make you feel incompetent and unintelligent. They constantly remind you that people in this firm don't last long and how easily replacable you are. Pay is below market standards. You are expected to work late and come in every Saturday due to their 200 hour per month bill requirement. They don't have a real HR team and serious issues such as sexual harassment accusations are taken lightly.

Partners to Avoid and Why: Frank Pitre and Allison Cordova. Allison Cordova is unorganized, yet will blame her assistants for her shortcomings. She doesn't even hear you out when you try to explain yourself. Imagine being a new-hire and have little to no legal experience (because that's who they hire), are not given proper directions then get head bitten off from an attorney? Yet you try to explain yourself and you're told to shut up. You try to ask questions for clarification and you're given a " you should know this already"?

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2020

Job type: Full time


Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy only represents people or entities in cases involving just principles or causes. The key to CPM’s success is its experienced attorneys and staff and their innovative approach to litigating complex matters in a cost-effective and efficient manner. All too often, legal matters can draw out for years. CPM consistently tackles this problem head-on with its teamwork approach to obtaining fair and reasonable resolutions. Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy is also known for the breadth of its practice and the diversity of its clients: CPM attorneys are experienced in state and federal false claims matters, antitrust law, securities actions, employment law, consumer class actions, and personal injury cases, among other practice areas. The firm’s clients include individuals, corporations, nonprofit organizations, municipalities and other public entities, pension funds, unions and their representatives, banks, business professionals, physicians, policyholders, homeowners, shareholders, and consumers.

Practice Areas

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Antitrust & Global Competition
  • Aviation
  • Helicopter Accidents law
  • On International Air Disasters
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Protection Litigation
  • Defective Products
  • Mass Torts
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment Law
  • Wage & Hour Violations
  • Employee Misclassification
  • Retaliation
  • Whistleblower Protection
  • Executive Severance Negotiations
  • Discrimination And Sexual Harassment
  • Unlawful Agreements To Suppress Wages
  • Labor Union Representation
  • Erisa Violations
  • Retirement Fund Mismanagement
  • Finra Arbitrations
  • Employment Law Cases Of Note
  • Environmental Litigation
  • False Claims
  • Whistleblower Law
  • False Claims Act
  • California Insurance Fraud Prevention Act
  • Dodd Frank Act
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Sarbanes Oxley Act
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Whistleblower Cases Of Note
  • First Amendment Defense
  • Intellectual Property
  • Municipal & Public Entity Litigation
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Introduction To Personal Injury Law
  • Balcony Collapse Litigation
  • Pharmaceutical Litigation
  • Securities
  • Financial Fraud
  • Shareholder Rights
  • Corporate Governance

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