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Gary Cowan

Elk & Elk Co., Ltd.- Mayfield Heights
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Gary Cowan
Elk & Elk Co., Ltd.- Mayfield Heights
Mayfield Heights,

Gary Cowan, personal injury attorney and trial lawyer at Elk & Elk since 2001, focuses on serious personal injury, motor vehicle and trucking accidents, wrongful death, and products liability claims. Gary has over 34 years of experience and has acted as lead trial counsel in more than 100 jury trials throughout the state of Ohio.

Attorney 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.


Personal Injury


50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


Ohio, 1988

U.S. Federal Courts, 1988

U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana


Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio

J.D. – 1987

University of Ottawa

B.S. – 1981

Honors: With Honors

University of Ottawa

Masters Degree in Health Administration – 1983


Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocate

Ohio Super Lawyers – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023

National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020,2021,2022 and 2023


Ohio State Bar Association

Ohio Association for Justice

American Association for Justice

Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums

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 Super Lawyers, the Million Dollar 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.

In his spare time, Gary is an avid fan of baseball and standardbred horse racing. He enjoys spending time traveling the country with his family.


$2.8 Million Verdict – Motor vehicle accident (2011)

Victim suffered major injuries and brain trauma; underwent 10 operations

$2,761,228.15 Verdict – Motorcycle accident results in death (May 2015)

Plaintiffs were riding a motorcycle when the right rear axle broke. An auto parts store sold the defective part, the husband was killed and his wife was severely injured.

$2.1 Million Settlement – Motorcycle collision results in traumatic brain injury (March 2011)

Plaintiff was riding a motorcycle when he was hit by a semi-truck on the turnpike. Plaintiff suffered a traumatic brain injury and fractures to the back.

$1.75 Million Settlement – Trucking / improper loading accident (2012)

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 and multiple surgeries.

$1.2 Million Settlement – Motor vehicle accident (2016)

A 74-year-old male was struck by a semi while at a stop. He suffered major injuries and was hospitalized for over four months.

$1.025 Million Settlement – Motorcycle collision results in wrongful death (August 2009)

The 42-year-old Plaintiff was killed after his motorcycle collided with an irrigation trailer that came unattached from the vehicle towing it. The pump traveled left-of-center and hit the motorcycle, ejecting both the driver and passenger.

$940,000 Settlement – Motor vehicle accident (2013)

Three passengers were in a golfcart that was struck by a moped in which a gas tank exploded and caught fire. Passengers sustained multiple second- and third-degree burns. They were life-flighted and hospitalized for 7 – 10 days.

$935,645 Settlement – Trucking accident results in multiple injuries (July 2009)

A 33-year-old male was rear-ended by another truck who failed to maintain the assured clear distance ahead. He sustained thoracic disc herniations, resulting in two spine surgeries, as well as lengthy pain management treatment.

$895,000 Verdict and Settlement – Construction site accident results in brain injury (2017)

Plaintiff was a city worker who was struck by a vehicle backing out of a driveway at a construction site who sustained a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury. The settlement was with the flagging company and the verdict was against the driver.

$765,000 Settlement – Motorcycle accident results in multiple injuries (2017)

Plaintiff was a back seat passenger on a motorcycle that was struck at an intersection. Plaintiff sustained a skull fracture, multiple facial bone fractures, C1 fracture, intracranial trauma/TBI, ankle fracture and medial meniscus tear.

$625,000 Settlement – Accident and dram shop case (2013)

Sale of alcohol to an underage patron who later collides with plaintiff and is arrested for DUI and aggravated felonious assault. Victim suffered traumatic brain injury, fractured skull and seizures.

$600,000 Settlement – Motor vehicle accident results in fractures, collapsed lung (July 2010)

The 57-year-old male was a passenger in a vehicle hit head-on by a small construction truck and suffered fractures to his ribs, acetabulum, pelvis, and patella. He also sustained a collapsed lung and splenic laceration.

$550,000 Settlement – Motor vehicle accident

Plaintiff sustained major injuries after being struck by a driver that went left of center.

$520,233 Verdict – Wrongful death (October 2019)

35 year old operating a tractor-trailer crashed into the rear of another tractor-trailer as a result of the wrongdoer pulling out onto I-71 from the berm and cutting off the assured cleared distance ahead. The verdict was for $963,376 but was reduced due to the comparative fault of the decedent. Jury awarded $250,000 for conscious pain and suffering for the 5-10 minutes he was alive.

$510,000 Settlement – Serious injuries from a fall (2015)

Plaintiff was a dock worker injured in a fall when a truck driver pulled his trailer forward without permission and notice. Plaintiff sustained multiple fractures and underwent two operations.

$490,000 Settlement – Motor vehicle accident (2012)

Victim was struck head-on by a delivery truck – suffered a fractured femur, a fractured patella and a fractured ankle.

$460,000 Settlement – Accident at work (August 2012)

Victim suffered crush injury to left hand , amputation of left index finger and three operations.

$450,000 Settlement – Motor vehicle accident results in trauma (August 2008)

Our client, 18-years-old at the time, was traveling with three passengers when an 18-wheeler in the left-hand lane negligently merged into the Plaintiff’s lane, striking the driver-side door and forcing the vehicle off the highway and into the woods. A rescue crew had to extricate her from the tangled wreck and she was taken to an area trauma center where she remained for 11 days. The Plaintiff was diagnosed with severe craniofacial trauma, multiple facial lacerations, a large laceration on her neck and an eye injury. She sustained severe head, face and chest trauma, including a collapsed lung, blown-out eye socket, bleeding of the brain, fractures to the nose, jaw and eye and a severe concussion. In addition to rehab and therapy, she underwent several reconstructive surgeries.

$420,000 Settlement – Wrongful death (2018)

55 year old female crossing an intersection with her bicycle at night with no lights was struck by a Semi making a right-hand turn who rolled through a stop sign.

$385,000 Settlement – Motor vehicle vs. pedestrian collision (April 2010)

A 46-year-old male was struck while placing tables back into a pick-up truck on a four-lane roadway. He sustained a comminuted right tibia/fibula fracture, left tibia/fibula fracture, fracture/dislocation of the right shoulder and fractures of L2 and L3 transverse processes.

$325,000 Settlement – Policy Limit (2014)

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 traumatic brain injury.

$290,000 Settlement – Motor vehicle accident results in multiple injuries (April 2010)

While riding his bike, the Plaintiff was side wiped by a pick-up truck. He suffered a fractured left arm, multiple abrasions, contusions, and a concussion. He underwent surgery to repair the fracture.

$282,000 Settlement – Motor vehicle accident results in cervical spine surgery (November 2009)

The 43-year-old male was struck by a motor vehicle, which failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign. He sustained a disc herniation requiring cervical spine surgery, as well as a right foot fracture.

$275,000 Settlement – Pedestrian accident results in wrongful death (March 2011)

Decedent, a 19-year-old male, was struck on the side of the road at nighttime by a motor vehicle. He sustained a closed-head injury and died six weeks later after slipping into a coma.

$255,000 Settlement – Motor Vehicle Accident (2019)

4-month-old back seat passenger in a car seat involved in a head-on collision. He sustained a closed head injury with bilateral subdural hematomas.

$245,000 Settlement – Bicycle Accident (2019)

24-year-old male operating a bicycle with no lights was struck by a vehicle at nighttime who failed to yield the right of way while making a left-hand turn. He sustained a comminuted fractured left femur, a fractured patella and torn ligaments in his foot.

$160,000 Settlement – Motor Vehicle Accident (2018)

A 58-year-old female at complete stop rear-ended in a low-moderate speed impact resulting in a disc herniation at C3-C4 and aggravation of cervical degenerative disc disease. Conservative treatment ultimately requiring anterior cervical discectomy surgery.

$130,000 Settlement – Motor Vehicle Accident (2014)

Plaintiff injured when his vehicle collided with another vehicle partially blocking the roadway in Fairfield County – suffered soft tissue injuries.

$125,000 Settlement – Motor Vehicle Accident (2017)

Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle that went into a ditch – sustained a fractured ankle, fractured ribs and a collapsed lung.

$125,000 Settlement – Bicycle Accident (2017)

Plaintiff was riding his bike when a dog ran out onto the roadway and caused a collision. Plaintiff suffered a right clavicle mid-shaft fracture that required surgery.

$105,000 Settlement – Motor Vehicle Accident (2018)

A 90-year-old female operating her vehicle when struck by a driver who failed to yield the right of way coming out of a private drive. She sustained numerous rib fractures, a fractured sternum, and fractured ulna. No surgery was necessary.

$100,000 Settlement – Motor Vehicle Accident (2018)

A 9-year-old female passenger in a vehicle that lost control and struck a guardrail. She sustained a Type II comminuted fracture of the distal tibia and a tenolysis of her posterior tibialis tendon and required an open reduction internal fixation surgery to her ankle.

**All lawsuits are different and Elk & Elk makes no representation or promises that it can obtain the same results in other cases. These results do not guarantee, warrant, or predict the outcome of any future legal matter. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

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