Pennsylvania Lawyer Specializing in Medical Malpractice, Asbestos, and Vaccine Claims
As a leader in many complex cases, Larry Cohan has forged new law in both the trial and appellate court levels in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Larry was plaintiff’s lead counsel for the MDL on the infamous “human tissue” scandal case. He just completed a term as president of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. Larry served as Lead Counsel in the first and only “market share” lead poisoning case filed in Pennsylvania against the lead pigment industry. Larry is presently representing victims of a recalled robotic surgical device, and the potentially deadly used uterine morcellators.
Larry has obtained multimillion-dollar jury verdicts in toxic tort and medical malpractice cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He obtained the first plaintiff’s verdict in an asbestos case in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with the first verdict of its kind against asbestos “friction” product defendants, GE, GTE and Eaton Cutler-Hammer Corporation. Recently, Larry obtained a 7.4 million dollar jury verdict in a ground breaking mesothelioma case. He also testified before the Pennsylvania State House against proposed asbestos litigation which would have denied victims rights.
Larry represents victims suffering from rare vaccine injuries before the United States Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. as part of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, and serves on the Board of the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association. He has also lobbied with the Pennsylvania legislature on behalf of children injured by lead poisoning.
New Jersey Certified Civil Trial Attorney
Larry is a New Jersey Certified Civil Trial Attorney. The New Jersey Supreme Court designates certified civil trial attorneys, a rare designation to only a few lawyers based upon documented experience litigating and trying complex civil cases before a jury.
Larry is also a Certified Trial Advocate with the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), which promotes excellence in legal advocacy as the first American Bar Association-accredited attorney board-certifying agency in the world.
Active Community Member
Larry is actively involved in many areas of community, charitable and public service. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Jewish Community Centers (JCC) of Greater Philadelphia and past President of the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center. The JCCs serve more than 40,000 individuals throughout the Philadelphia area.
Accomplished Legal Background
Larry received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1979, where he served for two years as President of the Law School Environmental Law Group. He also completed an internship with the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, he served in a two-year judicial clerkship with the Philadelphia County Trial Court’s Honorable Harry A. Takiff, who founded the asbestos litigation mass tort program. Larry has served for decades on boards of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association’s, and just completed his term of president of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyer Association, the oldest and largest local trial lawyer association in the country.
Notable Verdicts and Settlements
- $10 million settlement with a lifetime payout of $40 million on behalf of a child who suffered a rare adverse reaction to a chicken pox vaccine
- $8.3 million jury verdict on behalf of a woman who was overdosed on pain medication and suffered a permanent brain injury
- $7.25 million jury verdict against asbestos manufacturers in a mesothelioma case, including a first ever jury finding of liability against an electrical supplier in a non electrician case
- $2 million jury verdict for the estate of a woman who died as a result of failure to timely diagnose pneumonia
Larry’s practice involves toxic torts including asbestos, chemicals and other dangerous products, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical and medical device liability, vaccine-related injuries, products liability, legal malpractice, class action, FELA, and other complex personal injury matters.
Larry was voted 2013 and 2014 Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions in Philadelphia’s Best Lawyers®. He was also named among the Top 10 Lawyers in Pennsylvania in 2016 and has been included in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® publications every year since 2004.