Frederick L. Cottrell, III

Partner Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.

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  • Delaware

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One Rodney Square 920 North King Street
Wilmington 19801 United States

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FREDERICK L. COTTRELL III focuses his practice on various areas of litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property, antitrust, products liability, and commercial law. Head of Richards Layton’s Intellectual Property Group, Fred represents parties in significant IP litigation before the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and in Delaware state courts.
Chambers notes Fred’s “good instincts and excellent service” and praises his “phenomenal knowledge of the judges and courts” (Chambers USA, 2018). A prominent figure in Delaware District Court practice and intellectual property law in Delaware, Fred has spoken at numerous seminars in his fields of practice, including at the Federal Circuit Bar Association on the use of injunctions in patent cases and at the ABA spring meeting on judicially assisted ADR. He has also been a frequent speaker on Delaware District Court practice. Fred recently moderated a panel addressing the impact of the Heartland decision on Delaware District Court litigation at the 2018 ABA Intellectual Property Law Conference.
Fred is currently the chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Division Advisory Committee for the Delaware Superior Court and past co-chair of the Delaware District Court’s IP Advisory Committee.

Representative Experience

• Represented industry leaders such as Google, Micron, Toshiba, and Lenovo in defense of non-practicing entity patent litigation in Delaware
• Represented Advanced Micro Devices in products liability cases in Delaware
• Represented AMD in the AMD v. Intel antitrust litigation
• Represented Occidental Chemical Corporation in products liability cases in Delaware
• Represented Shire Pharmaceuticals in various litigation against competitors
• Represented Under Armour in trademark litigation in Delaware
• Represented Whirlpool in refrigerator patent technology against LG Publications
• Product Liability Desk Reference, Daller, ed., Delaware chapter, 2016
• “Nonpracticing Entities: Come to Delaware,” The Federal Lawyer, Oct/Nov 2013
• Product Liability Desk Reference, Daller, ed., Delaware chapter, 2013
• ANDA Litigation, Kenneth Dorsney, ed., Delaware chapter, 2012
• “Doing Business in United States: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, 2011
• Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Robert L. Haig, ed., Delaware chapter, 2010
• “Doing Business in United States: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, 2009 Professional Recognition
• Chambers USA, Intellectual Property
• IAM 250 – The World’s Leading Patent Litigators
• IAM 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners
• The Best Lawyers in America
• The Best Lawyers in America, Wilmington, DE Patent Law Lawyer of the year, 2019, 2017
• Super Lawyers
• Managing Intellectual Property, IP Star
• Delaware Today Top Lawyer, Intellectual Property
• Lawdragon Leadership
• Complex Commercial Litigation Division Advisory Committee for the Superior Court of the State of Delaware, Chair
• Delaware Expenditure Review Committee, by appointment of the Governor
• Delaware District Court, Intellectual Property Law Advisory Committee, Past Co-Chair
• Delaware State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, Past Chair
• University of Delaware, Presidential Selection Committee
• University of Delaware, Center for Political Communication, Advisory Council
• University of Delaware, Parents Fund Council, Past Co-Chair Education
• J.D., cum laude, Dickinson School of Law, 1988
• B.A., Biological Sciences, magna cum laude, University of Delaware, 1985 Admitted to Practice
• Delaware
• United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit
• United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Pro Bono Activities
• Boy Scouts of America – Del-Mar-Va Council, Advisory Committee
• Selective Service System for Delaware, Board Member
• St. Edmond’s Academy, Corporate Board Member

Firm Description

From our firm’s beginnings in 1899, our lawyers have played key roles in shaping Delaware law, and we have remained at the leading edge of our state’s evolving corporate law practice.  We began building our extraordinary reputation in corporate law from the start, but we soon grew into a multidisciplinary law firm, offering clients a wide range of expertise and experience under one roof.  Now, although our roots as local lawyers go deep, we routinely handle matters that are in the national spotlight.  A sample of our recent contributions and accolades includes: 


  • Chambers USA lists 37 of our attorneys, more lawyers than from any other Delaware firm, and recognizes 6 of the firm’s practice areas for excellence (2018).
  • Benchmark Litigation gives our firm its highest ranking and names 15 of our lawyers as Litigation Stars, the most lawyers of any Delaware firm (2018).
  • Richards Layton is ranked in the top tier in Delaware in 19 practice areas by the U.S.News Best Lawyers 2018 “Best Law Firm” rankings.
  • Richards Layton has 57 attorneys named in The Best Lawyers in America, more than any other Delaware firm (2019).


  • Richards Layton served as Delaware counsel on 57 deals valued at or above $100 million in 2017, more than any other Delaware firm—in fact, we’ve had the most high-value deals for more than 20 years running in Corporate Control Alert’s annual rankings.
  • Our pioneering alternative entity practice is larger and more active than any other in Delaware, and Chambers USA described us as “the firm that wrote the book on Delaware single purpose entities.”
  • We have argued many of the ground-breaking cases defining the duties of corporate directors under Delaware law, including UnocalCaremarkParamountWeinberger, and Disney.
  • Chambers USA called our bankruptcy and corporate restructuring attorneys “the cream of the crop. The team is broad, deep and able to handle megacases from start to finish.”


  • Our lawyers play crucial roles in drafting and amending many of the state’s business statutes, including the Delaware Statutory Trust Act, Delaware General Corporation Law, Delaware Limited Partnership Act, and Delaware Limited Liability Company Act.
  • We wrote and continue to update The Delaware Law of Corporations and Business Organizations and Lubaroff & Altman on Delaware Limited Partnerships, two leading treatises on Delaware law.
  • Our lawyers and alumni have been appointed to the state and federal judiciary—including the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court, the Delaware Court of Chancery, and chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court—and have served as a United States congressman, the governor of Delaware, Delaware’s secretary of state, and a current state legislator.
  • A Richards Layton attorney is the appointed chair of the Court of Chancery Rules Committee and past chair of the Litigation Rules Committee of the Delaware Supreme Court.