Emily G. Coughlin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Boston, MA

Coughlin Betke, LLP
 | 175 Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-988-8050
Fax: 617-988-8005
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (20%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Emily G. Coughlin, a founding partner of the law firm of Coughlin Betke, LLP, provides knowledgeable and astute representation to her clients in Boston, Massachusetts, Massachusetts statewide, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Ms. Coughlin's civil litigation practice is broad, divided between business and commercial law, construction and environmental law, employment law, fire and casualty, insurance, premises liability, products liability, professional liability, and tort law.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Coughlin first received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, from which she graduated cum laude. She then matriculated at Suffolk University Law School, graduating cum laude with her Juris Doctor. Admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Ms. Coughlin is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit.

Ms. Coughlin's work experience has been rich and varied. Her successes as an attorney in her more than 26 years of practice have led her to receive the respect of her clients and peers alike. She has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating an attorney can receive for a combination of legal skills and ethics. She served as a Massachusetts state representative for three years and is now serving as the Second Vice President of DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar.

Ms. Coughlin is actively involved in a number of professional organizations. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association and currently serves on its board of directors. Ms. Coughlin is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, an organization in which membership is made by invitation only following an intensive review by other lawyers. She is additionally a member of both the American and Massachusetts bar associations.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. 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 practice standards.

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation: Defense (20%)
Professional Liability: Defense (20%)
Employment Litigation: Defense (20%)
Insurance Coverage (20%)
Construction Litigation: Business (10%)
Personal Injury - General: Defense (10%)

Civil Litigation (20%)

Professional Liability (20%)

Employment Litigation (20%): Employment Law - Employer

Insurance Coverage (20%): Insurance

Construction Litigation (10%)

Personal Injury - General (10%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employer, Insurance, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


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Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019

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About Emily Coughlin

Admitted: 1989, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: http://www.coughlinbetke.com/emily-coughlin


  • DRI's Outstanding State Representative Award, 2013
  • Suffolk Law School, Cum Laude, 1989
  • AV© rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Massachusetts State Judicial Liaison for the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE), 2014
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, President Elect, 2008
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, Vice President, 2007
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, Treasurer , 2006
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, Secretary, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1989
  • Massachusetts, 1989
  • Massachusetts State Representative
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, National Director on the Board of Directors
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member, 2005 - present
  • Massachusetts Task Force on The Future of Peremptory Challenges, Member, 2009 - present
  • Massachusetts Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments, Member, 2009-2011
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2002 - present
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, President, 2009-2010

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • IADC Trial Academy Faculty, Stanford University Law School, 2015

Educational Background:

  • Brown University, BA, cum laude, 1984
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Office Location for Emily G. Coughlin

175 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110

Phone: 617-988-8050

Fax: 617-988-8005

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Last Updated: 5/28/2019

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