Lori G. Cohen - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Lori G. Cohen

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 678-553-2385

Lori G. Cohen has a national litigation practice focusing on product liability litigation and specifically, medical device and pharmaceutical litigation. Lori is National Counsel for a medical device manufacturer, handling its litigation including class actions, multidistrict litigation, and trials nationally. She has served as both National Counsel and Regional Counsel for pharmaceutical and medical device companies and has expertise in mass tort, multidistrict and class action litigation. She also has vast experience in other products liability litigation and jury trials of all kinds. She has defended numerous health care providers, including physicians, hospitals and managed care entities nationwide.

Lori has tried 55 cases, all to defense verdicts. During the past five years, she obtained defense verdicts as a result of a three-month, alleged $78 million trial against the world's leading manufacturer of pacemakers; a four-week, alleged $20 million trial involving an implantable neurostimulation device; a four-week, alleged $18 million trial involving three consolidated cases against the manufacturer of a continuous local anesthesia infusion drug pump; a three-week, medical malpractice trial in which she represented OB/GYN clients; and a three-week medical malpractice trial for a hospital involving allegations of an overdose on a patient controlled analgesia (PCA) pump.

Lori has been profiled in Law360’s 2012 "Top Female Trial Attorneys," the Financial Times and The National Law Journal’s "Winning - Successful Strategies From Some of the Nation’s Top Litigators," a special report recognizing ten attorneys from across the U.S. She has been recognized by The National Law Journal as one of "The 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America." The National Law Journal has recognized two of her defense trial victories as "Top Defense Wins" in recent years, and she has been featured in The National Law Journal’s "Top 40 Under 40," which highlights the 40 most successful litigators under the age of 40 in the country. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 United States, The Legal 500 "Leading Trial Lawyers," Chambers and Partners USA Guide, Outstanding Lawyers in AmericaThe International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Life Science Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Products Liability Defense Lawyers, Georgia Trend's "Legal Elite" and Georgia Super Lawyers, including "Top 10 Georgia Super Lawyers" (2013), "Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers" (2005-2013) and "Top 50 Female Georgia Super Lawyers" (2005-2013), and she is shortlisted in Euromoney Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Awards as one of the "Best in Life Sciences." Lori was one of a very small group of attorneys selected nationally for inclusion in the 2010-2013 Chambers and Partners USA Guide National Pharmaceutical Industry Products Liability Table.

Lori is highlighted for having a reputation for "using creative approaches to explain to lay jurors complex evidence." In addition to her vast trial experience, she has significant Daubert and scientific expertise with a number of her victories captured in published opinions. She has worked extensively on and lectured nationally regarding the use of technology in courtroom presentations of complex medical, scientific and other catastrophic injury cases.

Duke UniversityBA 1987Emory University School of LawJ.D. 1990
Emory University, Trial Techniques ProgramNational Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)Food & Drug Law Institute (FDLI)Atlanta Bar AssociationDefense Research InstituteProduct Liability Advisory CouncilInternational Association of Defense CounselLitigation Counsel of AmericaGeorgia Super Lawyers, Advisory Board, 2012American Bar Association

Case History

Areas of Concentration
  • Jury trials
  • Products liability and toxic tort litigation
  • Pharmaceutical and medical device litigation
  • Mass torts and multidistrict litigation
  • Class actions
  • Medical malpractice litigation

Other Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Representative Trials

  • Obtained a complete defense verdict following a four-week trial in October 2010 in a case involving the consolidation of three products liability cases pleading strict liability and negligence related to a continuous infusion pain pump manufactured by our client. Plaintiffs sought approximately $18 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages.
  • Obtained a defense verdict as a result of a three-week trial in a multimillion-dollar action brought by the husband and estate of the patient who had suffered severe brain damage as a result of a sudden respiratory arrest following orthopedic surgery. Plaintiff claimed that the patient’s respiratory arrest was caused by the negligence of the nurse and the orthopedic surgeon in allegedly overmedicating the patient and failing to monitor the patient appropriately while the patient was on a morphine Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) pump.
Part 2
  • Obtained a defense verdict as a result of a three-month, $78 million trial against the world’s leading manufacturer of implantable defibrillators. The action was filed as a result of severe neurological injuries sustained by a 14-year-old girl that were allegedly caused by a company sales representative’s statements to a physician. The case involved novel legal issues related to sales representative liability in the context of learned intermediary and failure to warn claims.
  • Obtained a defense verdict as a result of a three-week trial, representing OB/GYN clients in a medical malpractice action. The action involved the birth of a brain damaged baby who was determined to have suffered an infection, transmitted from the mother, that left the child suffering from cerebral palsy.
Additional Significant Representations
  • National counsel for worldwide medical device manufacturer related to a variety of medical devices, including defibrillators, pacemakers, infusion pumps, insulin pumps, neurological stimulation products and orthopedic implants.
  • National counsel for global manufacturer of orthopedic medical devices in various products liability cases involving spinal implant devices.
  • National and local counsel in products liability action involving a prescription antibiotic that allegedly resulted in Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and associated complications.
  • National trial counsel for medical device manufacturer defending products liability claims across the country related to continuous infusion pain pump medical devices.
  • National counsel for a medical device manufacturers defending products liability claims across the country related to the company’s medical devices, including endometrial ablation systems and bone densitometers.
Part 2
  • National counsel for a medical device manufacturer handling product liability claims in jurisdictions throughout the country related to medical products, including endovascular stents, surgical mesh devices and sutures.
  • National counsel for a pharmaceutical company in more than 25 cases nationwide involving alleged Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis injuries associated with a prescription anti-convulsant medication.
  • Preferred provider for two Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies.
  • National counsel for a Fortune 100 multinational pharmaceutical company in products liability, regulatory, and government investigations matters related to a major prescription pharmaceutical product. This representation includes selection as trial counsel in multiple existing products liability actions involving this product and advising on regulatory and pre-litigation matters regarding the products.

Client Comments

"Lori Cohen is our primary trial counsel. She is truly among the elite."

Office Location

Terminus 200, Suite 2500
3333 Piedmont Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants of the Atlanta Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law of the Atlanta Metro Area
Lori G. Cohen has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Lori G. Cohen has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

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