Trial Attorneys Specializing in Civil Defense Litigation 



Since its founding in1996, 

Coughlin Betke 

has been committed to providing its clients with unparalleled service, uncompromising legal skill, and enduring excellence in all aspects of civil defense litigation. 


Coughlin Betke is a boutique law firm specializing in civil defense litigation and trial practice. We counsel clients through all phases of risk allocation and avoidance and represent clients throughout all stages of State and Federal Court litigation in the Northeast and around the country. Our practice is guided by a consistent commitment to excellence in all we do.


We place high value on the relationships we cultivate with our clients and our approach is tailored to their unique objectives, business concerns, corporate missions and litigation philosophies. Our clients rely on our firm's extensive trial experience to guide the handling of each matter.  Whether a matter is best resolved by mediation, arbitration, settlement negotiations or trial, clients of Coughlin Betke know their matters have been strategically developed and positioned by experienced trial attorneys for a superlative outcome.


We are proud to work among our exceptional attorneys and support staff. We hold leadership roles in industry organizations including DRI (formerly known as the Defense Research Institute), the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the Association of Defense & Trial Counsel (ADTA), the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), the Counsel on Litigation Management (CLM) and numerous other state and federal bar associations. Coughlin Betke LLP holds an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.





Representing various professionals including attorneys, architects, engineers, insurance agents/brokers, real estate agents/brokers.


Litigation stemming from all types of personal injury.


Claims stemming from the defective design and manufacture of products and toxic chemical exposure.


Claims stemming from defects on premises against retailers, owners, property managers, security companies and/or employers for violent acts of third parties.


Defense of healthcare providers & employers in professional liability and employment matters, including medical malpractice, credentialing, discrimination, retaliation & general employment litigation.


Insurance defense, bad faith and coverage litigation.


Handling investigations and lawsuits related to property damage and personal injury stemming from fires and explosions.


Claims brought before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination as well as the defense of employment-related suits in state and federal courts.



All aspects of commercial litigation including debtor/creditor rights, contract disputes, internet commerce lawsuits, claims under the “unfair business practices” laws and fraud claims.



Representing insurers, owners, contractors, subcontractors and municipalities in disputes & suits arising out of on-site personal injuries, delay claims, claims for faulty design and construction and claims related to discharge of hazards on-site.




Emily Coughlin receives Mary Massaron Award at the Women In Law Seminar Awards

February, 2020

DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar gave Emily G. Coughlin its Mary Massaron Award for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession for the 2019-2020 year. Attorney Coughlin will serve as President of DRI for the year 2020. This award is bestowed annually upon four innovators and role modes who have made significant efforts to advance women in the legal profession. The award is recognizes a DRI member or members who have demonstrated a high regard for diversity and commitment to advocating the inclusion and promotion of women, as well as fostering women's initiatives and actively promoting positive mentoring relationships with other women in the legal profession. Attorney Coughlin was presented with the award at the Women in Law Seminar Awards Luncheon on January 23 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Emily Coughlin elected President Elect of DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar

January, 2020

Congratulations to Coughlin Betke partner Emily G. Coughlin on her election as President Elect of DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar. It is a tremendous achievement. DRI is the leading organization of civil litigation defense attorneys and in-house counsel in the country. DRI has served the civil defense bar for 60 years and focuses on five main goals: Education, Balance, Economics, Professionalism, and Service. In this role, Emily will lead DRI in its mission to support and advocate on behalf of defense lawyers and their clients and promote ethical and responsible practice extending beyond the interest of the client, to the good of American society as a whole.

Emily Chadbourne Appointed Adjunct Professor at New England Law | Boston

January, 2020

Emily Chadbourne has been appointed to the faculty of  New England Law | Boston as an adjunct professor. Her seminar-style course, entitled "Perspectives: Medical Malpractice" is offered to second and third-year law students. Emily, who joined Coughlin Betke in 2019 as an associate, graduated cum laude from New England Law | Boston in 2015, where she served as Managing Editor of the New England Law Review. 

October, 2018

Chris had the honor of speaking to defense lawyers from across the country on the importance of diversity in our law firms at this year's DRI Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Fast Company recently reported that while the diversity of law school students is steadily rising to nearly 30%, law firms are slow to catch up. Large firms boast no more than 15% diverse lawyers and small law firm's even less. Chris spoke about Coughlin Betke's commitment to diversity and the strategy it has employed to attract a high performing diverse team of lawyers. 

June, 2018

Coughlin Betke is proud to congratulate Andrew on his recent election as President of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association. The MassDLA is a voluntary association of trial lawyers who defend corporations, 

individuals and insurance companies in civil lawsuits. The purpose of the MassDLA is to improve the administration of justice, legal education, and professional standards and to promote collegiality and civility among all members of the bar. Congratulations Andrew! 

June, 2018

Coughlin Betke is thrilled to announce the addition of lawyer Lesley Chuang to the Boston office. Lesley's practice at Coughlin Betke focuses on the defense of civil matters in state and Federal courts in Massachusetts and Connecticut. She represents corporations and individuals in various types of disputes, including products liability, premises liability, employment, transportation and commercial litigation. Prior to joining Coughlin Betke, Lesley worked as an associate at a civil litigation defense firm for six years. In addition to her law degree, Lesley also holds a Masters Degree from Princeton University in molecular biology.

Emily Coughlin Speaks at Annual Meeting 
Of Canadian Defense Lawyers

Toronto, Ontario - June 5-6, 2018

Emily was honored to speak on the art of jury trials at this year's Canadian Defence Lawyers' Annual Meeting held at King's One in Toronto, Canada. Canadian defense lawyers from all over Canada attended this year's meeting. Emily's talk was entitled Entering the Lions Den: Navigating the Jury Trial.

Emily Coughlin Is Named Massachusetts Defense Lawyer of The Year

June 2, 2017

Coughlin Betke proudly congratulates Emily on being names the 2017 Massachusetts Defense Lawyer of the year. The award was given by the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association at the Annual Meeting held at Boston's Intercontinental Hotel. Congratulations Emily!



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