Gregory J. Bubalo is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who has successfully litigated complex high-profile product liability and personal injury cases.

Bubalo founded Bubalo Law PLC in 2004 with a mission to take on tough cases and fight for individuals who have been harmed by dangerous prescription drugs, unsafe medical devices, and catastrophic accidents.

Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Bubalo has compiled an impressive record of major victories for plaintiffs across the U.S., primarily in complex tort cases involving defective pharmaceuticals. He is motivated by compassion for clients who have been harmed by the greedy and the careless and need a strong advocate to help them seek justice and rebuild their lives.

In 2008, he served as co-counsel in a New Jersey case in which a jury returned a $3-million verdict for a woman who had suffered pulmonary hypertension after taking Pondimin, a fenfluramine anti-obesity drug produced by Wyeth. Bubalo had argued that the defendant company had intentionally concealed from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knowledge of the drug’s harmful effects. The jury agreed.

The following year, he was trial counsel in another case against Wyeth in Los Angeles involving a diet drug that caused as a side-effect a young lawyer to suffer the deadly disease from primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH). PPH is a deadly lung disease that is usually fatal. The case was resolved favorably to the parties’ satisfaction during the trial.

In another case against Wyeth, Bubalo recorded a $4-million compensatory judgment in 2012 from a Connecticut jury who found that the defendant company had “misrepresented the risks and benefits of Prempro” to a physician who had treated a woman who had developed breast cancer as a result. The Connecticut Court in this case as recently as August 5, 2013, added an award against Wyeth of $1,769,932.04, based on Plaintiffs’ attorney’s fees and costs. Thus, the total judgment amounted to $5,769,932.04.

Bubalo’s approach to helping personal injury clients is informed by a personal understanding of the difficulties that people face after serious accidents. While in college, Bubalo lost his brother in a car accident. Bubalo himself was injured in the side-impact accident in which another motorist ran a red light and struck his car, causing it to overturn. He suffered a concussion and had to crawl out the window the vehicle. He credits the seat belt he was wearing with preventing him from having a broken neck in the rollover accident.

From his own experience, Bubalo recognizes that accident victims may not always understand the extent of their injuries or be a good judge of whether they need medical treatment. He said accident victims should accept emergency treatment if a first responder suggests that it is necessary and should still seek a medical evaluation if emergency care is not needed.

What is a Board Certified Attorney?

A National Board of Trial Advocacy Certified Attorney has demonstrated skill and expertise in a particular field and has proven it through rigorous examination and testing by the NBTA. The NBTA, and other organizations accredited by the American Bar Association must demonstrate that lawyers certified have an enhanced level of expertise and substantial involvement in the specialty area of certification. The standards are designed to enable the NBTA to evaluate thoroughly the objectives, standards and procedures of attorneys and to facilitate public access to appropriate legal services.

Bubalo graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Illinois College and magna cum laude from Indiana University School of Law.

Early Career

Bubalo was born in Evansville, Indiana and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Illinois College and magna cum laude from Indiana University School of Law.

After getting his J.D. in 1980, he spent the first part of his legal career as a corporate defense lawyer.  He joined the firm of Greenbaum, Doll & McDonald in Louisville, Kentucky, and then the firm of Stoll, Keenon, Ogden PLLC (f/k/a Ogden, Newell & Welch), becoming partner there and developing a solid reputation as defense-side corporate litigator. In one of those cases, he defended a psychiatrist who had given Prozac to patient Joseph Wesbecker, who walked into his workplace in 1989, shot and killed eight colleagues while wounding 12 others before killing himself. Bubalo’s defense was successful, as a judge ruled that the psychiatrist could not have foreseen the massacre.

In 1995, Bubalo became ‘of counsel’ at the Ogden firm when he joined Paradigm Insurance Co. as Vice President and General Counsel and President of its subsidiary, Universal Fire and Casualty Co. There, he learned all sides of insurance and insurance law, writing insurance policies and managing insurance and re-insurance risks. He continued in those roles until 1999 when Gary Becker, the founder of Becker Law Office, recruited him to serve to be Assistant Managing Partner of Becker Law Office and its lead trial attorney in complex personal injury case cases. Bubalo saw an opportunity to steer his legal career in a challenging, new direction and has never looked back.

As lead trial attorney in a 2001 case, he achieved a jury verdict of nearly $17 million for a neurosurgeon who suffered career-ending injuries after slipping and falling in a pool of water in a hospital employee pantry, one of the largest verdicts ever recorded in Indiana.

He has frequently represented people injured by unsafe drugs. He observes that the medical landscape is ever changing—and with the change, unfortunately, comes the possibilities of injury and illness from medical devices and medications that have not been thoroughly tested or properly used. Recently, Bubalo and his colleagues have been taking an increasing number of cases involving patients who have suffered side effects from the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft that is used during spinal fusion surgery.

After Gary Becker retired in 2004, Bubalo founded Bubalo Law PLC to focus primarily on plaintiffs’ personal injury and product liability cases. Bubalo leads a team of attorneys who practice in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and across the country. Becker Law Office is now a subsidiary of Bubalo Law PLC.

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Since 2002, Bubalo has been Board Certified both in Trial and Pre-Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (“NBTA”), the only organization which is accredited by the American Bar Association for lawyers who have demonstrated skill and expertise in a particular field. Since 2007, Bubalo has been named as a Top-Rated Super Lawyer. Bubalo is also a member of The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has received an AV rating from the Martin-Hubbell legal directory, signifying the highest level of legal skill and ethics. He has been listed annually in each edition of The Best Lawyers in America® from 2007 through 2019. Bubalo has long been active in generously sharing his deep knowledge with other lawyers as a frequent speaker at seminars and other gatherings. He’s also on the Board of Governors of the Kentucky Justice Association.

He is a passionate bicyclist in his spare time, but also snow skis and jogs.

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At Bubalo Law PLC, we apply the full weight of the knowledge, skills and abilities of our partners, associate attorneys, paralegals and staff to the representation of each client. We work tirelessly both inside and outside the courtroom to deliver outstanding results. And we never back down from a fight for what is right, no matter how big and powerful our opponent seems to be.

“Litigation can be a very powerful motivator for big companies; the only thing they are motivated by is money. That’s their language.”

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