Mr. Cowan is engaged in the firm's efforts across a range of practice areas, with a particular focus on Public Policy. In addition, he provides advice and counsel to clients on legislative, regulatory, international matters and public relations counsel across a broad range of industries.
Before joining Patton Boggs, Mr. Cowan served as President of Columbus Public Affairs and remains a member of that firm's Board of Directors. Formerly, Mr. Cowan served as Chief Executive Officer of Newmyer Associates, a public policy and strategic intelligence firm, Vice Chairman of Cassidy & Associates, a large public affairs firm and was a founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Jefferson Group.
Prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Cowan held senior policy posts at the U.S. Department of Labor during the first Reagan Administration. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health until his appointment as Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Secretary of Labor in 1982. Mr. Cowan served President George Bush as a Commissioner on the National Commission on Employment Policy. Previously, Mr. Cowan was Counsel to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (ethics), U.S. House of Representatives. At the Central Intelligence Agency, Mr. Cowan was an operations officer seeing service abroad and a desk chief in the agency's Directorate of Operations. During the Carter Administration he served as Assistant Legislative Counsel to the Director of Central Intelligence. Mr. Cowan also served as a rated officer in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Cowan is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia State Bar. He is a member of the Board of Directors of ColumbusNewport, LLC, D.C. United, the major league soccer team that won the national title in 1996, 1997, and 1999, and America Scores, a nationwide inner city youth educational and athletic program. He is Co-Chairman of the Physical Facilities Committee of the Langley School and a member of the Board of Advisors of Virginia Military Institute's international school.