Welcome to the Cotton Law Firm

Award-Winning Criminal Defense & Personal Injury Attorney in Fayetteville, NC

Since 2008, The Cotton Law Firm has provided comprehensive legal services to clients in Fayetteville, Lumberton, and surrounding communities in Cumberland, Hoke, Scotland, and Robeson Counties. Attorney Nichole M. Cotton, Principal and Founding member, provides representation for criminal defense and traffic matters, wills & estate planning, power of attorney, tax attorney, personal injury cases, and more.

From our beginning, our team has provided professional, caring, and affordable services to all of our clients. As a client with us, you can count on receiving personal attention. We do not believe in hidden fees and charge a flat rate for all of our services. For clients who are struggling financially, we offer payment plan options for DWI or DUI cases. If you’ve been in a car accident, we’re also here to help. We represent car accident victims and fight for their rights to fair compensation.

Our attorneys focus on aggressively advocating for our clients and are proud to be part of a small firm with a personal touch.


About Our Firm


Prior to attending law school at the North Carolina Central School of Law, Attorney Nichole M. Cotton worked and lived in the Atlanta Georgia metro area. While she was well-established in the healthcare and automobile insurance industries, she always has a lifelong passion for law. Upon being accepted to law school, she financed her schooling by working tirelessly full time as an associate for Blue Cross Blue Shield and attending evening law school. In addition to her law degree, Attorney Cotton holds a Master’s in Business Management.

Attorney Cotton began her legal career as a Staff Attorney with North Carolina Legal Aid in the Fayetteville office. While there, she worked primarily as a domestic violence advocate and gained experienced in consumer law, mortgage foreclosure, bankruptcy, family law, and unemployment appeals. In addition, she also has experience with small claims actions, housing matters, and as a DUI attorney.

In 2010, The Cotton Law Firm opened in Lumberton, NC. As business grew, a second location was established in Fayetteville to better serve the needs of clients across Cumberland County, where she is a resident and active member in the local community. She is a member of the Junior League of Fayetteville, where she exemplifies the organization’s commitment to volunteerism in the community as a leader and trained volunteer. When she is not practicing as a criminal or DUI attorney, she serves in her local church.

In her free time, Nichole enjoys spending time with her family in South Carolina, participating in church related activities at Covenant Love and working out at the gym with her personal trainer. In 2016, Attorney Nichole M. Cotton was voted Best Attorney in the Fayetteville Observer Readers’ Choice Awards. She received a Top 40 Under 40 Business Award from the Fayetteville Observer in 2017.

Professional Associations

Former Member of American Bar Association • U.S. Federal Court Eastern Division North Carolina • North Carolina Bar Association • North Carolina Advocates for Justice • Cumberland County Bar Association • Robeson County Bar Association • North Carolina State Bar • 12th Judicial District • Former Member of 16th Judicial District • North Carolina Young Lawyers Division • FAMLA (Fayetteville African American Lawyers Association) • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys • Member of the Junior League of Fayetteville

Milton Barba, The Cotton Law Firm, Fayetteville NC

Milton Barba, Esq.

My journey to becoming an attorney began when the Great Recession took my job. I worked as a pipe welder and utility foreman for 14 years. My job was one of the more than 9 million casualties of the Great Recession. At the time, the construction industry barely had a pulse. The only logical way to find a job was to change careers. Looking for guidance, I took into consideration that the help I received from the community ameliorated the despair I felt when my livelihood was threatened. I wanted a career that would allow me to give back to the community. So, I went to Wake Tech and got a GED. Then I got an associate. I kept on working until I got my Juris Doctor and my license to practice law.

My understanding of the construction world’s intricacies is an asset to my clients. Furthermore, I am Hispanic – born and raised in Ecuador. This experience and my intercultural communication ability allow me to understand the situation of my clients. A job that will enable me to contribute back to the community is the perfect job for me. I can see myself being in my eighties and walking the corridors of courthouses.

Wrongful Death/ Personal Injury

$1 Million


Wrongful Death Minor Child Auto Accident


For more information about our legal services, or to schedule your initial consultation, please contact The Cotton Law Firm today at 910-339-1880.

In Our Clients’ Words

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