Gregory L. Laker
Greg has extensive experience representing families who have been devastated by a traumatic injury to their child, sexual abuse of their child, or by the death of their child. Greg zealously represents accident and injury victims in complex civil litigation in state and federal courts around the country. Greg has lectured on topics related to sexual abuse, personal injury, and mass torts in Indiana, Nevada, and Louisiana.1/2Types of Sexual Abuse Cases That We've Handled | Indiana Sexual Assault AttorneysThe Many Faces of Sexual Assault Perpetrators | Personal Injury LawyersCaring for Our Clients | Cohen & Malad, LLPStatute of Limitations & Sexual Assault | Cohen & Malad, LLPLebanon Pediatrician Dr. Jonathon Cavins Found Guilty of Molestation in Indiana1/2
Greg also represents victims in Indiana and in other states who have claims for serious bodily injury and/or death against pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Since 2002, Greg has been the Chair of Cohen & Malad’s Personal Injury Practice Group, which has developed a national reputation representing consumers injured by dangerous drugs and/or defective medical products. Since that time, Cohen & Malad, LLP has had a leadership role in several national litigations, including:
- Plaintiff’s Steering Committee: In Re: Prem Pro Products Liability Litigation
- National Coordinated Counsel in Pain Pump Device Litigation
- Plaintiff’s Steering Committee: In Re: Consolidated Fresenius Cases (GranuFlo) pending in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Greg and his team are currently representing plaintiffs around the country who have been injured by the following dangerous products:
- Philips CPAP, BiPAP, & Ventilators
- HIV drugs Truvada, Stribild, Atripla, Viread & Complera
- Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Ovarian Cancer cases
- Metal on metal hip implants
NON-LEGAL ACTIVITIESRiley Hospital for Children, Riley Society Board Member
- Practice Areas
Education and Awards
J.D., I.U. School of Law, Indianapolis, 1984
B.S. Business Management, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1981
HONORS AND AWARDSDistinguished Barrister, Indiana Lawyer Newspaper 2015Indiana Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters 2007-2023; Top 50 Lawyer in Indiana 2009, 2012-2014, 2016-2021
Indiana Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Plaintiffs 2013-2015 -Personal Injury LitigationBest Lawyers, Woodward/White Inc., Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs; Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs; Medical Malpractice- Plaintiffs 2015-2021AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
PROFESSIONAL & BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS
American Associaton for Justice
Indiana State Bar Association
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
Indianapolis Bar Association
LEGAL SPECIALTIES AND CERTIFICATIONS
- Certified Family Law Civil Mediator, 1984
JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
- State of Indiana, 1984
- U.S.D.C., Northern District of Indiana, 1984
- U.S.D.C., Southern District of Indiana, 1984
Representative Clients and Cases
Chondrolysis is a severe and permanent condition characterized by rapid and severe loss of cartilage on both sides of the joint, resulting in extreme pain, sleep deprivation, bone on bone grinding, and severely restricted range of motion. The condition is permanent, as cartilage cannot regenerate once destroyed.
Greg and his partners have successfully represented numerous victims who develop chondrolysis as a result of having a routine shoulder surgery, followed by the insertion of an intraarticular pain pump. All of these clients did well initially, and then gradually developed symptoms of pain, popping, grinding, and clicking over the next 6 to 9 months. Subsequent radiology exams confirmed extensive cartilage loss and loss of joint space.
Greg and his partners have resolved multiple product liability claims against the manufacturers of pain pumps. They have demonstrated that the pain pump companies actively marketed these pumps to orthopedic surgeons for use in the shoulder joint despite the fact that the FDA turned down, not once but multiple times, applications seeking permission to use these pumps in the shoulder joint. The companies did not tell surgeons that the FDA had repeatedly turned down their applications for intraarticular use.
Most product liability cases have been successfully resolved. These claims against the pain pump manufacturers were all cases that were days to weeks before trial. All of the cases settled for confidential amounts.
FEATURED CASES AND MATTERS
- Venn v. United Farm Family Mut. Ins. Co., trans. Granted, 792 N.E.2d 41 (Ind. 2003)
- Venn v. United Farm Family Mut. Ins. Co., decision after remand, 790 N.E.2d 497 (Ind. App. 2003)
- Venn v. United Farm Family Mut. Ins. Co., 778 N.E.2d 868 (Ind. App. 2002)
- U.S. Metalsource Corp. v. Simpson, 649 N.E.2d 682 (Ind. App. 4 Dist. 1995)
- Waling v. Appel Service co., Inc., 641 N.E.2d 647 (Ind. App. 1 Dist. 1994)
- Mehl v. Mehl, 619 N.E.2d 615 (Ind. App. 1993)
- Simons v. Simons, 566 N.E.2d 551 (Ind. App. 1 Dist. 1991)
- Successfully represented multiple high school cheerleaders and swimmers who developed chondrolysis as a result of shoulder surgeries involving the insertion of intraarticular pain pump devices.
Prior results do not guarantee future outcomes. Case results vary dramatically depending on specific facts and circumstances.