Michael Cowen

Cowen | Rodriguez | Peacock

As a graduate of Texas A&M University in 1991, he is a proud Aggie. After obtaining his degree, Michael attended law school at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law where he graduated in 1995 with high honors and earned the top score on the Texas Bar Exam. To this day, Michael is still asked about this achievement so early in his career. After graduating, Michael clerked for Judge Reynaldo G. Garza on the Fifth Circuit.

In 1996 Michael moved to New York, where he joined Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, the oldest law firm in the nation. It was his legal experience in New York representing a number of corporations, which led him to his passion to help people when they have been injured and are in need of help the most.

After returning to Texas, Michael spent his legal career handling a wide variety of injury cases. His experience gathering and interpreting evidence has helped him continue to be the most prepared attorney in the courtroom. As a Board Certified attorney in personal injury trial law, Michael has spoken at numerous CLE courses on a range of topics, which include 18-wheeler and commercial vehicle cases involving death and catastrophic injury, pre-trial motions, and the preservation of evidence.

One of Michael’s notable accomplishments involves his work in a product liability case. Seven months after he requested a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into defective Chinese-made tires distributed by the Hercules Tire & Rubber Company, the tire importer announced it would recall seven sizes of certain All Trac A/T SUV tires. This recall was the result of hard work and dedication to not only the client’s Michael Cowen represents, but also the public who deserve to be safe on our roads.

In 2016, Michael celebrated 20 years of practicing law and is devoted to passing on his years of experience and lessons learned along the way, to his peers in the legal community. As a seasoned trial lawyer Michael has experience handling over 100 trials. Whether it is a CLE course hosted by TTLA, AAJ, AIEG, or a CLE event hosted by Cowen Rodriguez Peacock, Michael takes pride in continuing to give his time to not only his clients, but his colleagues as well. He also welcomes the opportunity to work on cases with fellow attorneys, especially in 18-wheeler and commercial vehicle cases involving death and catastrophic injury.

Trucking: Focus on the Company’s Bad Conduct

Trucking: Focus on the Company’s Bad Conduct

To motivate a jury to take action, a case has to be about more than just a single crash. This lecture will show how to get a jury to focus on a trucking company’s bad decisions that were the root cause of the crash. Showing that the company’s bad choices continue to endanger everyone on the road increases the likelihood of a just verdict.

The speech will also cover how to overcome a company’s attempt to hide its bad conduct by admitting that its employee was in the course and scope of employment. Michael will show how to plead and prove a punitive damages claim, which will allow the jury to see all of the company’s unsafe choices.

Ethics for Trial Lawyers

Ethics for Trial Lawyers

This talk will cover the ethical issues most commonly faced by trial lawyers. It will include how to ethically market, conflicts of interest, fee splitting, and client confidentiality.

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