Lawrence R. Cohan

Top rated medical malpractice attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky P.C.
Lawrence R. Cohan
Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky P.C.

Practice Areas: Medical malpractice, Personal injury, Class action & mass torts; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1979

Education: University of Pennsylvania Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky P.C.

1650 Market St
52nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103 Visit website


Lawrence R. Cohan is a medical malpractice and personal injury attorney at Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky P.C. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Cohan is a partner at the firm and has over 30 years of experience. He represents injury victims throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

As a medical malpractice attorney, Mr. Cohan has experience with class-action lawsuits, medical device liability, pharmaceutical liability, the Federal Employers Liability Act and other complex legal issues. In his personal injury practice, he handles chemical exposure and toxic tort cases, as well as matters involving catastrophic injuries. 

Over the course of his career, Mr. Cohan has effectively litigated and resolved numerous complex injury cases. He has experience at the trial and appellate levels both within and outside of Pennsylvania. Establishing himself as a top attorney within these areas of law, he helped create the nation’s first asbestos mass tort program. 

Mr. Cohan has served in leadership roles for the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. He regularly writes and speaks to legal organizations on mass tort and medical malpractice cases. Recognized for his medical malpractice experience, Best Lawyers named him a “Top Medical Malpractice Attorney.”

Mr. Cohan graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree. He earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. He has been certified as a trial advocate through the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Earlier in his legal career, he interned with the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and clerked for a Philadelphia County judge. He holds licenses to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Practice areas

Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Class action/mass torts: plaintiff, Employment & labor: employer

Focus areas

Dental malpractice, Medical malpractice, Birth injury, Delayed or incorrect diagnosis, Personal injury - plaintiff, Wrongful death, Class actions, Asbestos, Toxic torts

  • 30% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff
  • 30% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 20% Class action/mass torts: plaintiff
  • 20% Employment & labor: employer

First Admitted: 1979, Pennsylvania

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Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Plaintiff's Liaison Counsel in Lead Paint, Asbestos, and Lymerix Vaccine Litigation
  • Obtained the first plaintiff's verdict in an asbestos case in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with the first verdict of its kind against asbestos "friction" product defendants, GE, GTE and Eaton Cutler-Hammer Corporation.
  • Lead Counsel in the first and only lead poisoning case filed in Pennsylvania against the lead pigment industry, pursuing the novel "market share" theory of liability all the way to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Board member of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Associations
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Morcellator MDL in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Member of the Executive Board of Directors of Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Federal Court PFAS Water Contamination MDL (multi-district litigation) in South Carolina and co-chair of the water provider litigation committee
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Member of the American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member of Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • President-Elect of Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of American Bar Association
  • Member of New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Environmental Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member of Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Named among the Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania
  • Recognized as the top medical malpractice attorney in Philadelphia by Best Lawyers
  • Included in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2004-present
  • Recognized among the “Top 10” in the state multiple times by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in the Fellowship in the Advisory Board of the Litigation Counsel of America. Less than one half of one percent of American lawyers receives this honor.
  • Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions, Philadelphia’s Best Lawyers, 2013
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member of the Board of the Riverbend Environmental Association
  • Immediate past Chairman of the Board of Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia and past President of the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center
  • Member of the Board and Executive Board of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Philadelphia
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Trial Advocate- National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • New Jersey Certified Civil Trial Attorney
Educational Background:
  • Bachelor's Degree Summa Cum Laude- Boston University, 1976
  • $700,000 verdict for the estate of a lawyer in a wrongful death case against a cleaning company, 1998
  • $8.3 million verdict on behalf of a woman who was overdosed on pain medication and suffered a permanent brain injury
  • $1.5 million award, largest asbestos victory in Delaware County, PA at the time Georgetta O'Donnell, Executrix, of Estate of Dale O'Donnell, Deceased v. Armstrong Industries, et al., 1992
  • $2 million medical malpractice verdict for the estate of a 25-year-old woman who died as a result of a pneumonia misdiagnosis, 2013
  •  $1.62 million medical malpractice verdict in a case alleging a doctor's negligence increased the risk of harm to a patient by failing to diagnose an abdominal aortic aneurysm, 2000
  • $40 million vaccine injury settlement on behalf of a child who suffered a rare reaction to the common chicken pox vaccine, 2013
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Pretrial Issues surrounding Lead Paint Litigation, Speaker, HB Lead Litigation Conference, 2009
  • Careful use of technology can shift the jury's focus, help them remember complex medical information, and affirm the credibility of you and your client. However, used in the wrong case, wrong jurisdiction or against the wrong adversary, and without proper preparation, technology can be your ticket to losing your medical malpractice case., Author, Effectively Using Technology in a Med Mal Trial, The Legal Intelligencer, 2008

Office location for Lawrence R. Cohan

1650 Market St
52nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215-496-8282


20 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

Top Lists

Top 100: Pennsylvania Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2023 Top 100: Philadelphia Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2023 Top 10: Pennsylvania Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017

Certificates and credentials

New Jersey Board on Attorney Certification
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney

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