Stephen Cowen has extensive experience as both outside and in-house counsel advancing client interests in cutting edge industries on strategic and bet-the-company matters. He represents clients in high-stakes trials and appeals, complex business, accounting, valuation, and intellectual property disputes, white-collar defense, and internal and government investigations.
As a former senior counsel in The Boeing Company's law department, Stephen held a wide range of responsibilities. He served as the lead lawyer for Boeing's HorizonX innovation and venture capital unit, where he advised on investments in artificial intelligence, mobility, and autonomous technologies. He also managed litigation matters and led numerous investigations involving data loss prevention, insider threat, trade secret and proprietary information protection, and other intellectual property or cyber-related matters. Prior to Boeing, Stephen was in private practice at a law firm in Chicago, where his clients included pharmaceutical, medical device, life science, health care, tech, finance, and manufacturing enterprises in a wide range of matters, including products liability, intellectual property, mass tort, civil RICO, and contractual disputes.
Prior to entering private practice, Stephen clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Douglas Ginsburg at the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. A former intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, Stephen deployed to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom and led a joint military and civilian team in Kabul. He also has taught a seminar at the University of Chicago Law School on constitutional law relating to national security, counterintelligence, and covert action.
- The University of Chicago (J.D. with high honors 2006; Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, Law Review; John M. Olin Student Fellow in Law and Economics; M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting 2017); Harvard University (A.B. in Government magna cum laude 2003)
- Michigan, New York, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Federal Circuits, and U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Michigan and Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. Navy Reserve (2010-2018)
- Law Clerk to: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Supreme Court of the United States (2007-2008) and Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (2006-2007)