Gary Cowan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Mayfield Heights, OH

Elk & Elk Co., Ltd.
 | 6105 Parkland Boulevard, Suite 200
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
Phone: 440-442-6677
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Gary Cowan is a personal injury attorney and trial lawyer with more than 29 years of experience. He joined Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. in 2001. Since 1988, he has acted as lead trial counsel in more than 95 jury trials throughout the state of Ohio. 

Attorney Gary Cowan is deeply committed to preserving the rights of injured individuals. His background in science is invaluable to his clients. It affords him the ability to explain to insurance carriers and juries the nature and enormity of his client’s injuries, their losses and the effects on their family.

Whether your loss is due to a motor vehicle, motorcycle, truck, a defective product or a dog attack, Attorney Cowan can secure you the benefits you are entitled while allowing you the time to focus on healing.

If you have sustained a loss of life of a family member or friend due to the negligence of another, Gary Cowan is well versed in wrongful death actions, having obtained record verdicts and settlements throughout the state of Ohio.

Attorney Cowan is a motivated, knowledgeable and accessible attorney who is always there for his clients to answer their questions and guide them through the legal process.

Gary Cowan is a member of many prestigious organizations for trial lawyers, including the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 in Ohio. He has been included in high profile cases that have been reported locally and nationally. His practice emphasis is on serious personal injury claims, motor vehicle and trucking accidents, wrongful death and products liability.

In his spare time, Gary is an avid fan of baseball and standardbred horse racing. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, especially while vacationing in warm-weather climates. 

Practice Areas
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Personal Injury - General (100%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents


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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2018

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About Gary Cowan

Admitted: 1988, Ohio

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Honors and Awards:

  •  2012 ,2013 ,2014, 2015 , 2016 and 2017, The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Ohio
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
  • Million Dollar Advocates

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • District of Columbia, 1988
  • Federal Courts, 1988
  • Ohio Supreme Court, Bar No: 0039852, 1988
  • Member, D.C. Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • 1.2 MILLION  settlement . Allen County , 74 year old male struck by a semi while at a stop . Cardiac arrest, abdominal compartment syndrome  TBI with intracranial bleed , C-2 fracture, L-3 burst fracture,sternal fracture,scapular fracture ,scalp laceration. 4 1/2 months hospitalization. , 2016
  • $2.761 MILLION  jury verdict . Largest verdict in Fulton County. Verdict was against an automotive parts and machining store for breach of the implied warranties of merchantibility and fitness for particular purpose for the sale of a defective motorcycle axle that fractured in two on a county road without warning resulting in a death of the operator and severe permanent injuries to the passenger, 2015
  • $510,000 settlement.  Plaintiff was a dock worker injured in a fall in Medina County when a truck driver pulled his trailer forward without permission and notice. Plaintiff sustained comminuted fractures of the lower tibia and fibula as well as his ankle and underwent 2 operations., 2015
  • $450,000 settlement.  Wrongful death of a 20 year old passenger in a semi that lost control and plummeted over a steep embankment in southern Ohio., 2015
  • $225,000 settlement. Plaintiff injured while a pedestrian in a parking lot in Montgomery County when another vehicle backed up into him crushing his knee and injuring his rotator cuff. Arthroscopic surgeries to repair ACL and rotator cuff., 2015
  • $130,000 settlement. Plaintiff injured when his vehicle collided with another vehicle partially blocking the roadway in Fairfield County. Soft tissue injuries., 2014
  • $325,000 policy limit settlement. Plaintiff injured while driving on a rural highway in Huron County during a storm when a large 75 foot red oak fell on the roof of her vehicle . Plaintiff sustained multiple facial fractures,skull fracture and a TBI., 2014
  • $940,000 settlement from manufacturer and UIM carrier for 3 passengers in a golfcart that was struck by a moped which gas tank exploded and caught fire. Passengers sustained multiple 2 and 3rd degree burns. Lifeflighted and hospitalized for 7-10 days., 2013
  • $325,000  policy limits settlement  Plaintiff struck by a homeowner's 75 foot tree that fell on her motor vehicle while driving on a county road during a storm. Traumatic brain injury,multiple facial fractures, craniotomy,coma, extensive rehabilitation , 2013
  • $595,000 settlement  Auto accident, moderate damage , displaced greater tuberosity fracture  and rotator cuff tear requiring 2 operations  and future shoulder replacement., 2013
  • $625,000 settlement    Auto /Pedestrian/ Dram Shop case   Sale of alcohol to an underage  patron  who later collides with Plaintiff  and is arrested for DUI and Aggravated Felonious Assault      Traumatic Brain Injury ,fractured skull and seizures., 2013
  • $130,000 settlement. Dog bite, 17 year old female. Stark County. Avulsion injury to lower lip requiring complex closure of lower lip. Permanent scar on lower lip., 2013
  • $250,000 settlement  Auto Accident, Failure to yield. Columbus, Fractured C5-C6 requiring cervical  fusion surgery, 2012
  • 1.75 MILLION settlement. Trucking/Improper Loading accident. Disputed liability.Milwaukee Wisconsin. Severe crush injuries to both legs resulting in an above the knee amputation of left leg, comminuted fracture of right tibial shaft right ankle fracture ,multiple surgeries., 2012
  • $490,000 settlement  Auto Accident struck head on by a  delivery truck. Fractured femur,fractured patella and fractured ankle, 2012
  • $175,000 settlement. MVA,failure to yield at a stop sign.Cuyahoga County. Comminuted right tibia/fibula fracture., 2012
  • $195,000 settlement. Passenger in a taxi that lost control. Franklin County Fractured right ankle,maxillary sinus fracture ,nasal bone fracture and chest wall contusion., 2012
  • $150,000 settlement. MVA ,left of center. Logan County.Femur fracture,acetabular fracture and hip dislocation., 2012
  • $420,000 settlement. Motorcycle accident.Failure to yield on left turn. Cuyahoga County. Left femur fracture,right femur fracture and left tibia/fibula fracture. Multiple surgeries, 2012
  • $200,000 settlement. MVA. failure to yield at a stop sign . Fairfield County. Liver and spleen lacerations, acetabular fracture,rib fracture and collapsed right lung, 2012
  • $630,000 settlement. MVA ,left of center. Putnam County. Comminuted left femur fracture,left patella fracture,left ankle fracture,left talus and calcaneal fractures,acetabular fracture and right hip dislocation. Multilpe surgeries., 2012
  • $460,000 settlement, Work accident, Meigs County,crush injury to left hand , amputation of left index finger, 3 operations., 2012
  • $1.5 MILLION   Pedestrian /Auto Accident , Findlay, multiple pelvic fractures,fractured knee and dislocation requiring 4 operations including 2 knee replacements., 2012
  • $240,000  Auto Accident Failure to Yield, Toledo, Fractured ribs and sternum,torn meniscus requiring arthroscopic surgery, 2012
  • $2.8 MILLION  Auto Accident, Left of center, Franklin County,multiple pelvic fractures,ruptured spleen,mild traumatic brain injury,fractured humerus,tibial plateau and right heel,multiple facial fractures,10 opearions including hip relacement, 2011
  • $2.1 MILLION  Motorcycle/truck  collision , Indiana, Traumatic Brain Injury ,lumbar fractures, 2011
  •   $600,000  Auto Accident, Allen County  Failure to Yield    Fractured acetabulum,fractured pelvis ,fractured patella,collapsed lung, 2010
  • $1.025 MILLION Settlement in fatal motorcycle accident v.trailer, 2009
  • $450K Auto Accident Settlement -
  • $160K – Collision resulting in broken front tooth, bruised chest, pain and swelling in knee, 8 staples in head, headaches
  • $100K – Slip-and-fall resulting in herniated disc, hip fracture
  • $100K – Collision causing fractured vertebrae, facial abrasion and loss of feeling in both arms
  • $115K – Collision resulting in road rash, sprained wrist, cracked tooth and concussion
  • $130K – Collision causing fractured ankle, concussion, shoulder problems and injured finger
  • $380K – Collision causing ruptured sinus cavity, fractured cheek bone, multiple contusions and abrasions
  • $1.1M – Wrongful death resulting from collision
  • $275K – Collision resulting in neck and back pain
  • $130K - Personal injury causing fractured arm, fractured ring finger, fractured leg, forehead, left eye and nose
  • $150K - Fractured hip and pelvis, punctured lung, left leg and left side of body punctures due to collision
  • $125K - Fractured wrist and femur, fractured back and punctured colon, lung and knee resulting from collision
  • $250K - Wrongful death collision
  • $100K - Shattered ankle caused by collision
  • $117.5K - Collision resulting in neck, shoulder and head pain
  • $500K – Wrongful death collision
  • $100K - Second- and third-degree burns to both legs and feet and from the waist down to the buttocks resulting from collision
  • $250K - Fractured femur requiring two surgeries, fractured hand and lacerated ankle from collision
  • $210K - Collision resulting in two chipped teeth, a lacerated lip, a lacerated arm, punctured lung, bruised ribs and broken leg
  • $100K – Head laceration, broken teeth, a fractured shoulder, fractured legs, fractured vertebra, lacerations to an arm, hand and approximately 200 stitches resulting from collision
  • $100K - Fractured skull, hemorrhaging, brain swelling, a fractured cheek bone, contusions, a cervical sprain and suffers dizzy spells from a collision
  • $100K+ - Fractured right humerus necessitating skin grafts following collision
  • Fractured Arm from Clients’ Car Being Struck and Pushed into Her Case Settles for $55K
  • Second And Third Degree Burns In Torch Explosion Case Settles For $85K
  • $450K - Collision causing orbital (eye socket) fracture, fractured mandible, subdural hemorrhage, fractured face and skull, traumatic brain injury and a collapsed lung

Representative Clients:

  • Gary Cowan has successfully been involved in high profile medical malpractice cases that have been televised and reported on Court TV and A Current Affair, as well as cases covered by local television stations and newspapers. His practice and emphasis is on serious and catastrophic inury claims.
  • Personal injury including motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents ,wrongful death ,products liability, dram shop claims, premises liability and dog attacks.


  • Learn how attorney Gary Cowan helped a young car accident victim.Samantha was a happy 18-year-old with dreams of becoming a nurse when she was severely injured a horrific car accident. A large truck crushed the driver’s side of her vehicle, leaving her trapped in the mangled wreckage. She had to be air-lifted to the hospital, where she nearly died. Doctors discovered a dozen complicated fractures and internal bleeding, resulting in 10 separate surgeries. “I was sick of lying in bed,” recalls Samantha. “I was sick of being in a wheelchair 24/7. I just wanted to get better.”, Samantha's Story - Client Testimonial, Personal Injury, 2015

Educational Background:

  • University of Ottawa, Masters Degree in Health Administration, 1983
  • University of Ottawa, B.S. With Honors, 1981
Office Location for Gary Cowan

6105 Parkland Boulevard
Suite 200
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

Phone: 440-442-6677


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Last Updated: 3/1/2018

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