Thomas CoughlinThomas M. Coughlin, Jr.

Phone: 216-241-8333
Fax: 216-241-5890

Tom has specialized in a wide variety of insurance defense, complex and general litigation cases for the past 23 years.  He began as a law clerk while in law school for a Federal Judge and continued to clerk with a small defense firm located in Cleveland, Ohio.  After continuing his practice in insurance defense, general litigation and complex litigation, Tom became a founding member of our law firm in 2001.

He is a very successful and experienced trial lawyer, having tried in excess of 100 jury trials to verdict. In addition, Tom has been a successful appellate lawyer and has argued numerous important cases throughout the State of Ohio and the Ohio Supreme Court. Tom has developed an excellent reputation in the legal community and was initiated as a life member into the Eighth Judicial District which requires a nomination and acceptance by the judges in Cuyahoga County. Additionally, Tom has achieved a very high ranking for both his excellent legal work and high ethical conduct. In addition, Tom is utilized on a regular basis by many large insurance companies to represent them and/or their insureds in a variety of legal matters.

Tom has been married to his wife Melissa for 24 years and they have four children.  Tom and his wife are very active in their church and are committed to a wide variety of community causes and charitable organizations. In addition, Tom has actively coached many youth sports teams.

Areas of Practice

Automobile negligence, commercial litigation, construction defects, Dram Shop claims, on/off premises liability, dog bites, insurance law, employment litigation, trucking/transportation, product liability, employer intentional torts, premises liability, condominium litigation, defamation, personal injury and numerous other litigation issues.

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2009
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1999
  • Life Member of the Eighth Judicial District
  • Ohio Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Lorain County Bar Association


University of Michigan, BA, 1988

Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, 1991 J.D.
Honors: Moot Court Member; Hugo Black Oral Advocacy Award; Deans List


Sigma Alpha Epsilon


Cherie WilcoxCherie Wilcox

Assistant to Thomas Coughlin & Theresa Sherman

Phone: 216-241-8333 x 117

We serve clients throughout the State of Ohio.

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