Larry E. Coben

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Larry E. Coben, a Shareholder of Anapol Schwartz, has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of thousands of catastrophically injured victims.

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lcoben@anapolschwartz.com8700 E. Vista Bonita Drive, Suite 268,
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Phone: (480) 515-4745
1710 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103Phone: (215) 790-4587
Fax: (215) 877-5712

He has represented clients in nearly every state in the U.S. against multi-national corporations marketing defective and unsafe products.

Notable Verdicts and Settlements

  • $26 million verdict in Buongiovanni v. General Motors Corporation against the car manufacturer for the defective design of a seat back that failed in a rear end collision, causing a client to suffer catastrophic spinal cord injury.
  • $20 million verdict in Connolly v. Dobbins, et. al. against a trucking company for carelessly stopping on a highway and causing the client to drive his car into the rear end of the tractor trailer, resulting in catastrophic brain injury.
  • $10.2 million verdict in Pursell v. Volkswagen for the rear seat lap belted passenger who suffered a paralyzing spine injury.
  • $12 million verdict in Walker v. Schutt Sports Manufacturing for a high school football player who suffered a catastrophic cervical neck injury.
  • $8.5 million verdict in Harris v. Ford Motor Company for the driver of his family van which rolled over, causing the roof to collapse and he suffered catastrophic neck injury.
  • $6 million dollar verdict in Hoak v. Pottsville Hospital for a trauma patient who was misdiagnosed when he suffered a tear to his aorta, resulting in paralysis.

Leadership Roles

Mr. Coben serves on the Boards of Directors for the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and the Western Trial Lawyers Association. He has been the Chief Legal Officer of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group for the past 10 years–an organization he helped found. He was also a founding member and the first Chairman of the Institute for Injury Reduction, and he is a member of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona State Bar Association, Maricopa County Bar Association and The American Association for Justice.

He was admitted to the State Bar of Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court and Court of Appeals, Third Circuit in 1973. He has been a member of the State Bar of Arizona and Federal District Court since 1994. Mr. Coben has been admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and the majority of the Federal Courts of Appeals, and he has appeared Pro Hac Vice in State courts across the United States.

Mr. Coben is a former Chair of the Products Liability Section of the American Association of Justice and a past Vice Chair for Medicine and Law, and a member of the CLE Board and the Emerging Issues Committee of the American Bar Association. He was Chair of the Labeling Sub-Committee for the American National Standards Institute Z90 Committee (Helmet Safety) from 1988 to 1994, and he has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers since 1997.

Mr. Coben is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the well publicized Class Action lawsuit he began (along with partner Sol Weiss) by filing Easterling v. The National Football League (NFL), seeking compensation for retired football players as a result of the devastating neurocognitive brain injuries they suffered during their years in the league.

Professional Recognition

Mr. Coben was voted a Top 100 Lawyer in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers®. He has been included in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® since 2011.

Mr. Coben was the 2010 recipient of the American Association for Justice Steven J. Sharp Public Service Award for his representation of thousands of consumers before the U.S. Congress and in the Bankruptcy Court in a political and legal battle to prevent General Motors Corporation and Chrysler Corporation from escaping personal responsibility for the sale of defective products through the Bankruptcy Courts.

Mr. Coben also received the 2009 Attorneys’ Information Exchange Group Presidential Award for Outstanding Service in the Pursuit of Justice.

Education and Background

Mr. Coben earned his bachelor’s degree from Athens College in 1968. He received his law degree (J.D., cum laude) from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1973.

Lectures and Publications

Mr. Coben has authored three books and more than 200 articles in various publications. Some of these publications include the following:

Crashworthiness Litigation, 2d, American Association of Justice, 2008.

Products Liability Litigation: Product Studies—Chapters on Crashworthiness, Frontal, Restraint Systems, Seat Belts. Clark, Boardman and Callaghan, 1996.

Pennsylvania Products Liability Guide, Bisel Publishing Co., 1993.

Can Helmets Protect Against Brain Injuries in Football? - Pennsylvania Law Weekly, November 2013.

The Evolving Landscape of Modern Tort Liability. The Legal Intelligencer, Jan. 13, 2012.

For N.F.L., Concussion Suits May Be Test for Sport Itself. New York Times, Dec. 29, 2011.

Concussion Suit Seeks Better Health Monitoring, New York Times, 08/20/2011.

Mr. Coben is an annual lecturer at the ASU School of Law and has been an invited speaker to Trial Lawyer organizations throughout the country.

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