Scott Cowan has more than 26 years of trial and appellate experience in complex, multiparty, and multiforum litigation and arbitration involving intellectual property, construction, energy, and petrochemical matters. He has substantial transactional experience negotiating, drafting, interpreting, and defending complex contracts in several contexts, including the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Scott's focused and practical approach has led to a variety of successful outcomes in significant 8 to 10-figure matters for numerous companies in the oil and gas, petrochemical, construction, software, technology, aerospace, manufacturing, and service industries on both U.S.-based and international matters.
Before law school, Scott worked in the construction industry in a variety of roles, including as a design professional, contractor, and owner's representative. He has successfully handled numerous construction matters for owners, architects, engineers, and contractors. He has extensive experience with a variety of contractual risk management issues, including force majeure, indemnities, insurance, liability limitation, training, and compliance.
Scott's petrochemicals industry experience includes significant commercial, personal injury, and wrongful death disputes involving refinery, plant, and pipeline construction; maintenance, renovation, and improvements; technology licensing; disaster prevention/response; and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance, failure analysis, and root cause investigations. His intellectual property experience spans the hardware, software, energy, petrochemicals, and construction industries and includes the prosecution and defense of claims involving trade secrets, copyrights, patents, and licensing disputes.
Scott also maintains an active pro bono practice. In particular, he has represented women and unaccompanied children seeking refuge in the United States from abandonment and violence in Central America.
Arbitration for One is Not Arbitration for All: Sixth Circuit Allows Lawsuit Against Indirect Parties Following Consolidated Arbitration
- October 20, 2015
Texas General Counsel Forum: Litigate, Mediate or Arbitrate? Evaluating the Options
- January 31, 2012 and
February 1, 2012
Construction Law Update
- University of Houston (J.D. cum laude 1993; M.B.A. with highest honors 1993); Texas A&M University (B.S. magna cum laude 1984)
- Texas; U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Texas; and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits
- International Commercial Arbitration Skills Certificate, University of Houston (2006)