Tricia-Gaye Cotterell

Tricia-Gaye Cotterell focuses her practice on commercial litigation matters, with an emphasis in insurance-related matters and labor and employment disputes. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tricia spent several years working for Jamaica’s Houses of Parliament.  Tricia also spent several years working for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica, charged with maintaining standards for entry to the accountancy profession, and for issuing professional licenses.



Professional & Community Activities

  • Caribbean Bar Association, President-Elect (effective October 5, 2019)

  • Kozyak Minority Mentorship Foundation, Fellowship Committee

  • Broward County Bar Association, Mentorship Committee

  • Cooper City Church of God, Small Groups Facilitator, 2011-present

  • Guardian ad Litem Program, 17th Judicial Circuit, 2011-14



  • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, J.D., summa cum laude

    • Nova Law Review, Vol. 40, Alumni Relations Editor

    • Jessup International Moot Court team, Top Ten Best Oralist, U.S. Southern Region

    • Dean’s List, All Semesters

    • Pro Bono Honors, Silver Level

    • Dean’s Certificate of Professionalism, 2013-14, 2015-16

    • Joseph & Helen Varon Merit Scholar, 2014-16

    • TJ Reddick Bar Association 2015 Scholarship Recipient

    • Vice President, Pulse! Health Law Society

    • Public Relations Officer, Caribbean Law Students Association

    • University of London External Program, Bachelor of Laws

    • University of the West Indies, Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics



Bar Admissions


  • All Florida state courts

  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida



Professional Background

  • Judicial Intern, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, The Honorable Donald Graham, Senior District Judge

  • Research Assistant to Professor Kathy Cerminara, Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center

  • Legal Intern, Florida Department of Health

  • Junior Corporate Secretary, Victoria Mutual Building Society

  • Project and Research Officer, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica

  • Research Officer, Houses of Parliament, Jamaica


  • Author, "Less Fatalities, More Casualties: The Need to Prevent a Crisis Instead of Finding a Cure", Nova Law Review, Vol. 42, Number 2, 2018

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