Jennifer R. Cowan

Attorney

Office phone: 813-273-6677

jcowan@bmolaw.com

Office Location: Tampa

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PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Ms. Cowan's practice focuses on local government, public pension land use, and litigation. She represents local governments, special districts, a major deep-water seaport, and Community Development Districts (CDDs) in matters concerning annexations, interlocal agreements, procurement, contract management, construction contracting, collective bargaining, employment law, ethics, public records, Sunshine Law, and real property issues.

Ms. Cowan advises public employers on Federal and State laws pertaining to government retirement programs, prepares pension plan documents and amendments. She also assists local governments in evaluating pension reform options, implementing plan changes, and joining FRS.

Additionally, Ms. Cowan assists private and public clients in matters before the Florida Department of Community Affairs and various county and municipal governments concerning Developments of Regional Impact, comprehensive plan amendments, concurrency matters, zoning issues, impact fees reimbursements and disputes, and development of CDDs.

Ms. Cowan has represented public and private clients in civil litigation and appellate matters.
 

EDUCATION

  • J.D., cum laude, Stetson University College of Law with a concentration in advocacy
  • B.S., Philosophy and Political Science with minors in Chemical Science and Religion, Florida State University

BAR ADMISSIONS

The Florida Bar

COURT ADMISSIONS

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Bar of the United States District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, member 
  • City of Gulfport’s Planning and Zoning Advisory Board, 2010-2020, member.
  • American Bar Association, member.
  • The Florida Bar, member.
  • Manatee County Bar Association, member.
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, member.
  • Leadership Pinellas, Class of 2016-2017; Education Leadership Committee, 2017- 2018.
  • Trustee, Arthur Family Foundation, member.
  • Florida Municipal Attorneys Association, member.

PRESENTATIONS

  •  “Special Districts – You Can Adopt Rules, But Can You Enforce Them?,” April 2019.
  •  “The Public Records Act - When Good Faith Compliance Is Not Enough!,” May 2017.
  •  “Overview of Sunshine Law & Ethics for Public Employees,” presented at the DODD      Short Course, January 26, 2016.
  • “Pension Challenges Ahead” presented with Glenn Thomas at the Continuing  Education Workshop for Tax Collectors, January 2015.
  • “FRS and Pension Developments” presented with Jim Linn at the 40th Annual Public     Employment Labor Relations Forum, October 2014.
  • “User Fees and Taxes” presented as part of the panel discussion on “Finance and Taxation” at the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association, July 2014.
  •  “Pension Changes and Plan Updates” co-presenter at The Florida Public Employer       Relations Association Conference, January 2013.
  • "Contract Management and Procurement" presented at the Florida Association of Specia Districts Conference, January 2013.