Robert Cowan

Robert Cowan

Position: Partner

Phone: 713-425-7100



  • University of Houston, B.A., December 1990
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, May 2001
  • Admissions: Texas, November 2001

Admitted in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas and the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas


Robert oversees and coordinates the firm’s markedly successful, award-winning trial and appellate briefing team, as well as takes the “lead pen” on many of the firm’s most critical written court submissions and argues many of those issues in court. His current practice areas include pharmaceutical products liability litigation, state government Medicaid fraud recovery and asbestos exposure liability cases. Noteworthy successes on the firm’s behalf include:

  • Winning, as second-chair of trial team and after a two-week jury trial, a $1.2 billion Medicaid fraud and Deceptive Trade Practices Act judgment on behalf of the State of Arkansas against drug manufacturers Johnson & Johnson and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen, while separately securing an award of the State’s attorneys’ fees and costs totaling over $180 million against defendants;
  • Securing, together with co-counsel and after a 2011 jury trial, a unanimous verdict and $327 million judgment against pharmaceutical manufacturer Ortho-McNeil-Janssen for violations of South Carolina’s Unfair Trade Practices Act;
  • Winning, as part of three-lawyer trial team, a half-million-dollar arbitration award in favor of a prominent Houston family and against a national securities dealer for wrongful and deceptive sale of subprime mortgage-backed junk bonds;
  • Defeating summary judgment motion filed against the State of Louisiana in Medicaid fraud recovery lawsuit; case was subsequently tried, in which a $257.7 million jury verdict was obtained in the state’s favor against drug makers Johnson & Johnson and Ortho-McNeill-Janssen Pharmaceuticals;
  • Defeating summary judgment motion on federal preemption grounds filed by pharmaceutical manufacturer in the largest docket of antipsychotic drug injury cases pending in the country;
  • Securing denial of writ of certiorari in the Louisiana Supreme Court, as well as denial of application for supervisory writ in the Louisiana Court of Appeal, against asbestos defendants seeking review of trials court’s venue transfer denial;
  • Defeating pharmaceutical defendants’ motion to disqualify firm in Medicaid fraud recovery lawsuit in Pennsylvania, including two disqualification attempts in the trial court and on appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; and
  • Securing denial of writ of certiorari in the Louisiana Supreme Court, as well as denial of supervisory writ application in the Louisiana Court of Appeal, against drug maker seeking to invade the privacy of thousands of Louisiana Medicaid patients through unnecessary disclosure of their personal medical records.

Before joining the firm in 2007, Robert practiced on the defense side of the bar for six years with an emphasis on trial and appellate briefing on behalf of large multinational corporations, state agencies and local governments, industry groups, and individuals. During his tenure as a defense lawyer, Robert drafted successful briefing to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in high-profile litigation brought by the original Marlboro Man’s family against Philip Morris, represented a noteworthy former Merrill Lynch analyst in the Enron shareholder litigation, successfully briefed First Amendment and wrongful termination issues relating to the City of Houston’s controversial police chase policy in a Fifth Circuit appeal on the city’s behalf, as well as assisted in defending the world’s wealthiest man and his related business interests in two multimillion dollar tortious interference lawsuits filed in Texas.


  • 2001 Scribes National Brief Writing Award Champion, presented by the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects
  • Best Brief & First Place, 2001 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Best Brief, 2000 National Moot Court Competition (Association of the Bar of the City of New York)
  • Best Brief & First Place, 2000 State Bar of Texas (TYLA) Moot Court Tournament
  • Best Brief & First Place, 1999 Spong National Moot Court Tournament (William & Mary)
  • Making Foreign Depositions Less Foreign—Deposition Testimony In Foreign Jurisdictions For Use In Texas Courts, THE ADVOCATE (State Bar of Texas Litigation Section) Fall 2004, Vol. 28
  • Choice of Law and Claims of Privilege—A Defense Tool Often Overlooked, IADC PRODUCTS LIABILITY NEWSLETTER (Int’l Ass’n of Def. Counsel, Chicago, IL) Oct. 2001, No. 1
  • Note, Pizza Hut Pays the Dough as the Tenth Circuit Hands Employers A Bigger Slice of the Sexual Harassment Liability Pie in Lockard v. Pizza Hut, Inc., 41 S. TEX. L. REV. 1157 (2000)

Robert was named a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2011, as well as in 2005.


Robert and his family reside in the Spring Branch District of Houston.