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.
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|Nominations Open||September 11|
|Nominations Close||October 31|
|Nominees Published||November 8|
|Finalists Notified||November 11|
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