Heidi A. Coughlin

Heidi A. Coughlin

Austin, Texas

In 2017 Ms. Coughlin was ranked a Texas Top 100 Rising Star Super Lawyer, a Texas Top 50 Female Rising Star Super Lawyer. Later in the year, she was named a Super Lawyer amongst attorneys practicing 10 years or more.  Ms. Coughlin represents individuals, small businesses, schools, and corporations in many types of civil and commercial litigation. She handles cases of varying size and complexity, including whistleblower actions, personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, defamation, products liability, breach of contract, civil rights, employment disputes and homeowner's association disputes. She has successfully tried, co-chaired, numerous jury trials. Ms. Coughlin was selected as a Thompson Reuters’ Rising Star Super Lawyer in 2014 - 2016. In law school she was selected as a member of the Board of Barristers and the National Mock Trial Team.

Representative Work

  • Served as a lead associate prosecuting Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act cases against the largest generic drug manufacturer in the world. Assisted in obtaining settlement payments of $169 million dollars for the State of Texas and the United States.
  • Successfully defended individuals and businesses in wrongful death, defamation, personal injury, premise liability and DTPA lawsuits.
  • Represented general contractors and subcontractors in multi-million dollar lawsuits involving construction defects, design defects, and contract claims.
  • Tried lawsuits in state and federal courts and obtained favorable jury verdicts for individual and commercial clients.
  • Successfully represented individuals and business in employment disputes.
  • Successfully challenged a college on the basis of student religious discrimination.
  • Ms. Coughlin works hard to efficiently and expeditiously negotiate the resolution of cases.


Ms. Coughlin is frequently asked to give presentations on various litigation issues, including social media and its impact on the legal system. She is married to an author, the couple lives in Austin with their daughter, son, and two dogs.

Areas of Practice

  • General Civil Litigation
  • Qui Tam, Whistleblower Actions
  • Death and Personal Injury
  • Insurance Defense
  • Civil Rights
  • Contract Disputes
  • Internet Law
  • Defamation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Premises Litigation
  • Employment Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas - 2007
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D. - 2007
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
    • B.A. cum laude - 2004
    • Major: Communications

Published Works

  • "Evidence & Expert Testimony: The Art of Persuading A Jury,” The Ultimate Trial Notebook, Oct. 2013
  • "Social Media and The Practice of Law,” TADC Spring Seminar 2014
  • "Social Media as an Investigative Tool: You Won't Believe What's Out There!" TADC Winter Seminar, 2013
  • "Taming The Social Media Beast," TADC Magazine, Summer, 2012
  • "Social Media & Litigation," Presentation, McGinnis Lockridge Litigation Department, 2012
  • "Social Media's Smoking Gun," Austin Lawyer, Vol. 21 Num. 8, October, 2012
  • "Horrors of Social Media: Tales from the Dark-Side," Travis County Bench Bar, 2012
  • "LinkedIn for Lawyers: Be Not Afraid," TADC Winter Seminar, 2012
  • "Social Media and the Chaos Created by Mark Zuckerburg," Travis County Bench Bar, 2011
  • "Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and Other Social Networking Media as Tools for Litigation," TADC Summer Meeting, 2010
  • "Ethical Internet Behavior in Litigation and Review of Proposed Amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rule," Wright & Greenhilll, P.C., 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Austin Young Lawyer's Association
  • Austin Bar Association, Bench Bar, Chair 2011-2012, 2012-2013
  • Austin Bar Association, Fundraising Chair 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013
  • Austin Bar Association, Google Task Force Member, 2012
  • Texas Young Lawyer's Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Director at Large, 2012 - 2014
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Young Lawyers Committee, 2009 - 2012
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Chair of Winter Seminar, 2014
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel Trial, Academy, Faculty Member, 2014