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.
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, 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.
In Our Clients’ Words
“I am so happy with the Cotton Law Firm’s work they have done for me. They provided me with step-by-step information to get best results for my case. She ended up getting both charges dismissed and kept me up to date with everything without me even having to appear at court. I am a real satisfied client and now hiring her to handle two other cases that she will assist me with. Thank you so much and thanks so much to Angelo; he helped expedite my case to help me meet a deadline. Thanks so much for the service!”
“Nichole is a great attorney! She is very thorough, detail-oriented and definitely knows her way in the courtroom! She handled my case very discretely and professionally, and made everything I needed to do and know very clear. Aside from that, her office is very pleasant and unlike many other rigid attorney offices. Her staff is wonderful as well!”
“The staff was great and worked quickly. I never personally met the attorney but that was fine; we were in a serious crunch and she did her thing for real. I’m very appreciative to them; they saved my husband and I a lot of time and money. And the office was gorgeous.. I hope I don’t have to return, but we more than likely will. But I will if need be and will be referring everyone I know to go to them. Thank you guys once again.”
“I brought one of my brothers to your office with what seemed to be an insurmountable legal battle ahead. Mrs. Cotton made it seem like rubble…Best part we never had to go to court. She’s A1.”
“Ms. Cotton is a well-connected and resourceful attorney. The Cotton Law Firm has assisted myself as a business owner with making tough decisions which have been most beneficial for my company. Her staff has been extremely helpful in providing me with resources, referrals and guidance. The passion she puts into helping others is obvious. Her positive impact in the community and work with different community organizations make us reaching out to her easy and comfortable. She truly cares about the people and provides 5-star services.”
“I will definitely be recommending this attorney to friends. Everyone I had contact with was absolutely wonderful! Very helpful, thorough, and knowledgeable. All around I had a great experience and I personally can’t thank you all enough for handling my traffic tickets quickly and making the process easy for me. Thank you so much!”
“As soon as you walk in the door, you feel protected, Very professional atmosphere from top to bottom; they really care about their clients.”
“Nichole was able to solve my issue when no one would speak with me. I called
or sent an email to, I believe, EVERY attorney in Fayetteville seeking assistance. Almost every one of them said they could not help or just never responded. Nichole called me in response to my email, inquiring about the circumstances (the only one I might add). Nichole said that she might not be able to assist but asked that I allow her to conduct some research and get back to me. When she called back, it was decided that we could move forward.
It took about two months before we were able to get a court date. Immediately after the hearing, Nichole personally called me to give me the good news. The charges were dismissed. I believe when hiring a lawyer, you are not only retaining them for their qualifications but their ability to navigate the judicial system and the relationships they have established. Nichole achieved exactly what I hoped for. I cannot thank Nichole and her team enough for the service they provided.
If I ever require another lawyer’s services, I will not hesitate to contact Cotton Law Firm again. Nichole, again thank you so much!”
The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.