Ben Coughlan

Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys

1-2 years

As a trial attorney at Gomez Iagmin, Ben Coughlan devotes himself entirely to the practice of plaintiff’s personal injury cases, with an emphasis on catastrophic personal injury and brain injuries. He believes the best results for his clients come by providing personal attention and individually tailored case management.

Earlier this year, Coughlan was named a Top Attorney by The Daily Transcript in the personal injury/property damage category. He was also selected to attend the prestigious TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy, where he received top marks in scoring for both his cross-examination and closing argument.

Coughlan joined Gomez Iagmin in 2011 as a law clerk. As a clerk, he worked on numerous catastrophic injury cases, including Zaccaglin v. Starbucks Coffee Company, et al. It was during this case that Coughlan developed a passion for helping those who suffer from acquired brain injuries. He also prides himself on being active in the brain injury community, and was named to the board of directors of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation this year.

Coughlan has been a part of a number of five, six- and seven-figure settlements. In 2012, he tried his first case in Riverside Superior Court alongside John Gomez and Jeremiah Lowe while awaiting his California Bar Exam results. Upon learning he had passed, one month into a two month trial, Gomez asked the trial judge to swear Coughlan into the California Bar. Gomez then gave Coughlan the opportunity to examine a witness the next day. In total, Coughlan directed two witnesses in his first two days of practice, and cross-examined three witnesses, including the defendants’ expert neuropsychologist and economist over the next several weeks.

Prior to joining the firm, Coughlan clerked for criminal defense attorneys Robert and Dana Grimes. He is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was a member of the National Mock Trial Team. 

Coughlan began law school at the age of 26 after spending three years in the media relations department of the San Diego Padres. He also spent one season interning for San Diego Padres General Counsel/Vice President Katie Pothier. He is a proud graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

In 2011, two days before joining Gomez Iagmin, Coughlan married Kathleen (Dowling) Coughlan. Ben and Kathleen are both native San Diegans, and lifelong fans of all San Diego sports teams and reside in Mission Hills.

The Daily Transcript congratulates Young Attorneys 2013

This is the culmination of a peer nominating process that asked San Diego County lawyers to name the best young attorneys in San Diego County who are: Hard-Working & Detail-Oriented, Knowledgeable & Enthusiastic, Ethical & Professional, and Committed to Furthering the Interests of Justice in Society.

Young Attorneys 2013 Finalists

1-2 years

Ben Aguilar

Law Offices of Ben Aguilar

Jessica Blas

The Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider APC

Tyler Campbell

Foldenauer Law Group

Ben Coughlan

Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys

Michael Dallo

Dallo Law Group

Jeremy Evans

California Sports Lawyer

Michael Fullam

Parker Straus LLP

Kristen Gonzales Roberts

San Diego Law Firm

Melissa Laugle

Heggeness Sweet Simington & Patrico

Jing Li

Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

Aastha Madaan

Brownstone Law Group P.C.

Jacob Stipp

The Ellis Firm

Brooke Tabshouri

Fisher & Phillips

Geoff Thorne

Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP

Alisha Wood

Law Office of G. Cole Casey

3-5 years

Melissa Deleon

Deleon Law

Ankur Garg


Michael Healy

Fredrickson, Mazeika & Grant LLP

J. Patrick Hicks

Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird LLP

Tim Johnson

Ogletree Deakins

John Landay

Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP

Michael Leonard

San Diego Corporate Law

Jessica Mackaness

McKenna Long & Aldridge

Kevan McLaughlin

McLaughlin Legal

Caroline Perry

San Diego Padres

Karen Potter

McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP

Scott Salmu

Salmu Law Firm APLC

Travis Stewart

Provide Commerce Inc.

6-7 years

Sigurd Carlson

Sempra Energy

William Concidine

East Village Law Group

Greg Del Gaizo

Robbins Arroyo LLP

Heather Ferbert

Christensen & Spath LLP

Brian Findley

Mulligan & Banham

Angela Jae Chun

Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Sondra Levine

UTC Aerospace Systems

James Mann

Latham & Watkins

Lindsey Mercer

Law Offices of Lindsey B. Mercer

Puja Sachdev

Sachdev Legal Group APC

Alexandra Selfridge

Law Offices of Kenneth N. Greenfield

Ashley Teague

Teague Law

Tyler Theobald

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton

Harold Trimmer

Coughlan, Semmer, Fitch and Pott

Kyle Yaege

Galuppo & Blake

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Important Dates

Nominations Open September 11
Nominations Close October 31
Nominees Published November 8
Finalists Notified November 11
Sponsorship/Advertising December 9
Publication December 18



Timothy Hutter, Allen Matkins

Associate at Allen Matkins San Diego, Timothy Hutter's drive and passion for law have earned him recognition as a top Young Attorney for 2012 by The Daily Transcript.

Past Events

Young Attorneys reception

Transcript reporter Doug Sherwin talks to Nadia P. Bermudez of the Brown Law Group LLP at the 2007 Young Attorneys reception.