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Gary Cowan is a personal injury attorney and trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience. He joined Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. in 2001. Since 1988, he has acted as lead trial counsel in more than 88 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.

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. 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


  1. Medical Malpractice: 25%
  2. Wrongful Death: 25%
  3. Car Accidents: 25%
  4. Personal Injury: 25%



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Gary. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Amy Lynn Papesh

    I endorse this lawyer. His superior negotiating skills ensures great results for his clients. He is a pleasure to work with.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. - Cleveland

6105 Parkland Blvd
Mayfield Heights, OH, 44124-4187

Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. - Columbus

250 E. Broad Street
10th Floor
Columbus, OH, 43215

Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. - Cincinnati

22 West 9th Street
Cincinnati, OH, 45202



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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2012
Member of Ohio Super Lawyers 2011Ohio Super Lawyers2011
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateElk & Elk Co. Ltd2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
District of Columbia BarMemberN/A
Ohio Academy for JusticeMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Auto AccidentCase Settled for $450,000
Motorist NegligenceCase Settled for $99,550.82
Rear-End CollisionCase Settled for $60,249.00
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of OttawaHealth Policy and AdministrationMA - Masters1983
University of OttawaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1981