Lori G. Cohen is Vice Chair of Greenberg Traurig and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Global Litigation Practice, leading a group of over 600 attorneys nationally and internationally. Lori is chair of the Trial Practice Group, her “brain child” which she created at GT. Upon joining GT, she also built the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Health Care Litigation Practice. Under Lori’s leadership, this practice rose through the ranks and grew to include over 100 attorneys in more than 30 offices in the U.S. and globally; in 2018, the group was named The American Lawyer’s “Product Liability Litigation Department of the Year.”
Nationally recognized for her extraordinary trial record of 57 defense verdicts, Lori leads a global practice that focuses on complex litigation of all types including products liability and pharmaceutical, medical device, and health care litigation. Lori has served as national, regional, and trial counsel for numerous medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, handling all types of litigation, including class actions, multidistrict litigation, and trials nationally. Lori and her team routinely take complex cases to trial and win, including some of the most complex mass torts in history. Well known for her ability to win high-stakes trials, Lori is often called upon to “parachute in” at the last minute before trial, especially in challenging cases in dangerous jurisdictions.
Referred to by her clients in Chambers USA Guide as a “Trial Wizard,” Lori has been lauded 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.
Lori is a high-energy, high-profile leader among trial attorneys, and an effective, passionate mentor. In an industry where two thirds of attorneys in civil cases are men, and women represent only a quarter of lead or trial counsel, Lori stands out as a female leader and a champion of developing the next generation of attorneys, particularly diverse attorneys. She is widely regarded for her ability to build strong, diverse, trial-ready teams made up of not just lawyers but nurses, in-house graphics/demonstratives designers, technology consultants, paralegals and legal assistants, who are “all hands on deck” up to and through trial.
Lori was named as the 2020 “Life Sciences Attorney of the Year” by the Euromoney Legal Group, and honored as 2019 “Product Liability Attorney of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation, which has also selected her as a “National Practice Area Star” (2020), “National Litigation Star” (2019), “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” (2018-2020), and “Top 10 Women Litigator” (2018-2020). In 2018, Lori was recognized as “Product Liability Attorney of the Year” by LMG Life Sciences and inducted into the Life Sciences Hall of Fame. She has been selected by Law360 as a 2018 “Life Sciences MVP,” 2016 “Trial MVP,” 2015 “Trial Ace,” and 2012 “Top Female Trial Attorney.”
Lori has been profiled twice in “Winning Litigators,” a special report recognizing the top U.S. litigators in The National Law Journal, which also named her one of “The 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America” and declared two of her defense trial victories “Top Defense Wins.” Courtroom View Network recognized her team’s victory in a pelvic mesh trial in state court in Missouri as the “Top Defense Verdict of 2016.” The American Lawyer recognized Lori’s team as their 2018 “Product Liability Litigation Department of the Year,” as well as the 2018 “Regional Litigation Department of the Year for Georgia.”
Lori is one of two attorneys listed in The Legal 500 “Hall of Fame” for product liability litigation involving pharmaceutical and medical devices, and she is one of a very small group of attorneys selected nationally for inclusion in the 2010-2020 editions of Chambers USA Guide’s National Pharmaceutical Industry Products Liability Table. Lori is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA Guide, Chambers Global Guide, Outstanding Lawyers in America, The 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 magazine, including “Top 10 Georgia Super Lawyers” (2013-2021), “Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers” (2009-2021) and “Top 50 Female Georgia Super Lawyers” (2006-2021).
Lori serves as a member of the Emory Law School Advisory Board, as well as the Advisory Board for the Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims. She is a member of the board for the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC) and the steering committee for the AdvaMed Legal Defense Academy. Lori is also a board member for the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the National Board of Complex Litigation.
She has served as an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the Emory Law School Trial Techniques Program, and she has served as a faculty member of the International Association of Defense Council’s (IADC) elite Trial Academy.
In 2020, Lori served as chair of American Heart Association’s Atlanta Heart Ball, and currently serves as a board member for the Ovarian Cancer Institute.