Ms. Cowan is board certified by The Florida Bar in the area of City, County and Local Government Law. Ms. Cowan’s practice includes representing city and special district entities in all manner of legal matters. Specifically, Ms. Cowan serves as City Attorney, general counsel to a major deep-water seaport, and general counsel to another special district. Ms. Cowan also serves as Special Counsel to local governments through the state. Ms. Cowan advises public clients in matters including corporate governance, land use, public procurement, collective bargaining, employment law, ethics, public records, Sunshine Law, and real property issues.
Prior to joining BMO, Ms. Cowan also assisted private clients in matters involving 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.
Ms. Cowan is a third generation Pinellas County, Florida native. She is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Cowan earned her law degree from Stetson University College of Law, cum laude. While in law school, Ms. Cowan was an intern for the then Justice Lewis of the Florida Supreme Court and Judge Rondolino of the Sixth Judicial Circuit. Before attending law school, Ms. Cowan worked for an intercity redevelopment agency in Los Angeles and a former Governor of the State of Florida.
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida