Attorneys & Staff

Tamara Todd Cotton

Tamara Todd CottonTamara Todd Cotton, a native of Richmond, Kentucky, started her academic studies at The University of Kentucky and graduated from Spalding College in Louisville.

Ms. Cotton became a Registered Nurse in 1972 and worked as a nurse in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit, on Medical and Surgical Units and in Subspecialty Clinics including Neurosurgery, Neurology, Cardiac, Pulmonary and others. Ms. Cotton joined the US Army Reserve, Army Nurse Corp in 1973 and served 20 years in the Reserve and National Guard, earning the rank of Colonel. During her position as Chief Nurse of the 112th Medical Brigade for the mid-west region of the Army National Guard, Ms. Cotton coordinated units in several states and served as the mid-west representative to the Chief of the Army Nurse Corp for the Army National Guard. Ms Cotton was awarded the Meritorious Service Award in 1993.

Ms. Cotton graduated from the University of Louisville School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1980 and was admitted to practice law in Kentucky in 1980. Ms. Cotton began her practice with a Louisville law firm, became a partner and continued as a partner until she started her own firm in 1996.Providing medical-legal education and volunteering to the community is an obligation, according to Ms. Cotton. For years, she spoke to patients and families of patients who suffered severe brain and neurological injuries and illnesses at Frazier Rehab Institute. She has presented extensively on medical-legal issues to hundreds of health care professionals in Kentucky, Indiana, regionally and nationally. She has presented on legal issues to labor leaders and members as well as management on issues involving Worker’s Compensation and to Worker’s Compensation attorneys.

Ms. Cotton is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Louisville Bar Association, the Kentucky Justice Association and is an Officer of the Kentucky Workers’ Association. Ms. Cotton is a past-president of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys. Ms. Cotton attained recognition as an Advocate by the National College of Advocacy, Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Ms. Cotton was featured in Louisville Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Louisville, as chosen by her peers, in the practice of Workers’ Compensation claims. Ms. Cotton was also selected by her peers as a “Super Lawyer” in Worker’s Compensation in Kentucky.

Ms. Cotton and the Firm were selected in The Top Tier in Best Lawyers in Worker’s Compensation by the US News and World Report for America.

Stephanie N. Wolfinbarger

Stephanie N. WolfinbargerStephanie N. Wolfinbarger, a native of Irvine, Kentucky, earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky in 2003. After working in Washington, DC for a year, Ms. Wolfinbarger returned to the University of Kentucky College of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate. Ms. Wolfinbarger was admitted to practice law in Kentucky and practiced in Lexington before moving to Louisville to join Cotton Wolfinbarger & Associates, PLLC in 2008. Ms. Wolfinbarger represents injured workers in workers’ compensation claims as well as Social Security claims. Ms. Wolfinbarger is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Louisville Bar Association, Kentucky Justice Association, Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County and Kentucky Workers Association.

Melissa M. Anderson

Melissa M. AndersonMelissa M. Anderson, a native of Chicago, Illinois, earned a Bachelors Degree from the University of Iowa in 2012. Ms. Anderson earned her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Ms. Anderson is admitted to practice law in Kentucky. Ms. Anderson represents injured workers in Workers’ Compensation Claims, Social Security Disability Claims and Personal Injury. Ms. Anderson is a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Kentucky Workers Association

Emily M. Gilles

Emily GillesEmily M. Gilles, a native of Southern Indiana, began working for Tamara Cotton in 2002 as a legal assistant. In 2008 Ms. Gilles was promoted to Office Manager and currently serves in that capacity. Ms. Gilles has extensive knowledge of the Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability systems and oversees the firm’s support staff. Ms. Gilles resides in Henryville, Indiana with her husband, son and daughter.

Ms. Gilles works with Assistant Office Manager, Ashley Roberts, and supervises legal assistants Sherry Collard, Sarah Lang, Jennie Bowman, Claudia Ortiz, Mary Meyer and Brooke Watson. Ms. Collard, Lang, Ortiz, Meyer and Watson work with the attorneys on the Workers’ Compensation claims. Ms. Bowman works with the attorneys on the Social Security Disability claims. Ms. Ortiz is fluent in both English and Spanish and assist the firm in communicating with our Hispanic clients.

Ashley W. Roberts

Ashley W. Roberts, a native of Southern Indiana, earned her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Vincennes University in 2009. Ms. Roberts began working for the firm in 2009 as a receptionist/legal assistant and in 2012 was promoted to Assistant Office Manager. Ms. Roberts has extensive knowledge of the Workers’ Compensation system and assists the attorneys with the Workers’ Compensation claims. Ms. Roberts resides in Starlight, Indiana with her husband and two daughters.


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