Ben Coughlan

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Del Mar, California

Coughlan & Vinel, LLP
Ben Coughlan
Coughlan & Vinel, LLP

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Employment Litigation; view more

Licensed in California since: 2012

Education: University of San Diego School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2022
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Coughlan & Vinel, LLP

2262 Carmel Valley Rd
Suite G
Del Mar, CA 92014 Visit website


Ben Coughlan is a co-founder and partner at the San Diego-based law firm Coughlan & Vinel in California. He is a first-chair trial lawyer concentrating his practice on:

·       Road and motor vehicle accidents

·       Employment and public entity lawsuits

·       Birth injury 

·       Premises liability

·       Medical malpractice 

·       Slip-and-fall injuries 

·       Sexual abuse and misconduct 

·       STD transmission 

·       Wrongful death

Pledging to stand up for the victims of negligence and wrongdoings of others, Mr. Coughlan handles toxic torts and whistleblower lawsuits as well. He gives his undivided personal attention to each case, finding ways to put across his clients’ narratives effectively and get the required results. He has about a decade of experience working with various kinds of personal injury cases including several high-profile ones. Moreover, he spent considerable time working for a large plaintiff’s firm prior to starting his own.

Mr. Coughlan serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he imparts invaluable knowledge to law students. In addition, he is a trial and deposition skills trainer for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is also elected as the president of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and is the editor of the Trial Bar News’ Tort Law Section.

With in-depth knowledge related to brain and spinal cord injury cases, Mr. Coughlan is a published author who co-authored and edited the book – Journey Towards Recovery: A Brain Injury Guide for Survivors. He regularly engages in seminars and speaking events on these topics for the community. 

Mr. Coughlan is a Bachelor of Science graduate in journalism from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism in Illinois. He obtained his Juris Doctor in 2012 from the University of San Diego School of Law. He worked for a few years in the media relations department of the San Diego Padres before taking up his career in law. 

Honored for his exemplary career records, Mr. Coughlan was selected to the San Diego Metro Magazine’s list of Top 10 Attorneys Overall and 40 Under 40. Furthermore, he was named to the list of America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys, The National Trial Lawyers’ 40 Under 40 and the San Diego Reader’s Top Attorneys. He is rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell and has received a 10 rating on Avvo.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 60% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2012, California

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Educational Background:
  • Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • San Diego Brain Injury Foundation - Vice President of Board of Directors , 2013
  • Top Attorney, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2013
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 2014
  • Top Young Attorney, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2013
  • Best of the Bar, San Diego Business Journal, 2015
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Writer, "Playing the Punies: Punitive Damages in Premises Liability Cases", Trial Bar News, Consumer Attorneys Of San Diego, 2015

Office location for Ben Coughlan

2262 Carmel Valley Rd
Suite G
Del Mar, CA 92014

Phone: 619-984-4427


2 Years Super Lawyers
7 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2022

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