Geoffrey M. Coan Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Geoffrey Coan

Geoffrey Coan is a litigator who focuses his practice in products liability, drug and medical device and complex litigation. A significant portion of his practice involves serving as national coordinating counsel to medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

Professional Background:

Mr. Coan joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in May 2010. Previously he was a partner in the Boston office of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

He began his legal career in 1992 in the United States Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corp. He left active duty in 1999. He continues to serve in the Navy Reserves.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Product Liability Committee of the Council on Litigation Management,
  • Co-Chairs of the Pharmaceutical
  • Medical Device Subcommittee
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Member
  • JAGC Reserve Officer Association, Member

Honors & Awards:

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability
  • MEDMARC Attorney Honor Roll, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007 and 2006
  • MEDMARC Attorney of the Year, 2008 and 2012
  • Recognized as a "Rising Star" by New England Super Lawyers magazine (2005)
  • Biggest Defense Wins of 2004, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, June, 2005
  • Navy Achievement Medal, representation of 10 midshipmen during the cheating scandal at the United States Naval Academy, 1994
  • Thomas M. Debevoise Moot Court Competition Winner, 1990
  • Moot Court Advisory Board, 1990–1991
  • Outstanding Student in the Insurance Department, University of Hartford, 1988

Mr. Coan's publications include:

  • “Seven Best Practice,” co-author, Litigation Management, Fall 2011.
  • “The Equestrian Helmet Standard in the United States,” published in the Sports Law Journal, Fall 2001.

Service Areas:

  • Consumer and Class Action Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Torts


  • D., cum laude, Vermont Law School, 1991
  • S.B.A., Insurance and Finance, University of Hartford, 1988


  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Pennsylvania
  • S. Supreme Court
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • S. Court of Federal Claims
  • S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire

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