About Michaela Cotton

Michaela Laird Cotton is an Associate at Andre, Morris & Buttery. She is a member of the Employment Law and Civil Litigation practice groups.


Education & Background

Michaela was raised in the San Luis Obispo area and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011. Michaela received her juris doctorate degree from Cornell Law School, where she was a member of the Journal of Law and Public Policy, Treasurer of the Public Interest Law Union and President of the Society of Wine & Jurisprudence. While at Cornell, Michaela was a summer law clerk at the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California, the General Crimes Division. Following law school, Michaela worked in San Diego for the large, international law firm Latham & Watkins, LLP, in their Litigation Department, White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Group. At Latham, Michaela managed a variety of litigation matters, as well as internal, state and federal investigations, specializing in the healthcare industry. Having grown up on the Central Coast, Michaela returned in 2021 to join Andre, Morris & Buttery.

Business & Community

Michaela is a member of the San Luis Obispo Bar Association and San Luis Obispo County Women Lawyers Association. Her community activities include volunteer work for Jack’s Helping Hand, serving as a Coordinator on the ImaginationPark Fall Classic Committee.