Philip Cottone, Esquire

Property Trust Advisory Company LLC
3 Great Valley Parkway
Suite 200
Malvern, PA 19355

Phone: 610-971-1650
Fax: 610-971-1653
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Mr. Cottone is a full time neutral and has served as an arbitrator or mediator and has reviewed, chaired or been a panelist on securities disciplinary matters in well over one thousand cases in the last twenty years. Types of cases arbitrated or mediated, in addition to all kinds of securities and real estate controversies, have included contract, franchise, intellectual property, partnership, and various commercial disputes.


Mr. Cottone has been an arbitrator since 1976 when he was qualified by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD, now the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA). He is currently an arbitrator for FINRA, the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE). Over the years he has been panelist or chair in many types of securities, real estate and commercial disputes, both as sole arbitrator and member of three person panels, both privately and under the auspices of an ADR organization. He is on the faculty of both the Arbitration and Mediation Institutes sponsored annually by the ABA Dispute Resolution Section.

In the early nineties he was selected by the Claims Administrator in SEC v. Prudential as a hearing officer in a med-arb process involving litigation brought against Prudential by the SEC and NASD regarding real estate limited partnerships. He was sole arbitrator-mediator in approximately 65 customer cases, about 95% of which were settled in a negotiated process, and about 5% through arbitration. No efforts to appeal were made by any of these parties.

In 2004 he was retained by JAMS (then JAMS – Endispute) for an arbitration panel with two former federal judges in a securities case heard in Pittsburgh over a two week period which involved failure to execute a securities transaction. The Respondent’s court appeal of the multi-million dollar award in that matter was denied.


Mr. Cottone has been mediating since the SEC v Prudential work in the early nineties, and is qualified to handle cases for FINRA (formerly he mediated for the both the NASD and NYSE), the AAA (real estate and commercial panels), the US Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of NY, and CRE. He is a certified mediator of the International Mediation Institute at the Hague and has mediated private commercial cases brought in federal court, the Commerce Court of Philadelphia, and the courts of a number of states.

In the mid-nineties Mr. Cottone chaired the Sub-committee of the NASD National Arbitration Committee that developed the mediation rules and procedures for the securities industry. He then became Chair of the parent committee for three years, the re-named National Arbitration and Mediation Committee. He was among the early mediators approved to practice by the NASD and was also one of the representatives of the NASD that attended SICA (Securities Industry Conference on Arbitration) meetings to introduce the mediation program to the other self-regulatory organizations in the United States.

In the late nineties he co-authored and began teaching the one day course, Mediation in Right of Way, for the International Right of Way Association. In 2003 -2005 he was the speaker on mediation for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute full day course, Prosecuting & Defending Claims Against Broker Dealers, given in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh (the course was dropped in 2005 with the decrease in securities arbitration).

In 2005 he chaired a CRE ADR Task Force, and then the standing ADR Committee (2006-2008), that created a national ADR program in real estate. He was principal editor of the CRE ADR Rules and Procedures, and was a trainer for CRE arbitrators and mediators. He has also served as a trainer for mediation students of the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM) and of Fordham and Temple Law Schools.

Types of Cases Mediated

  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • General Mediation
  • Land Use
  • Partnership Dissolutions
  • Real Estate
  • Securities

MEMBER: 2013



Mr. Cottone is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University (1961) where he received the Burdette I. Kinne Prize for Humanities, and New York University School of Law (1966) where he received the Administrative Law Prize. He was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1967.

Practicing in Pennsylvania

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