Jennifer Cowan is the firm’s Pro Bono Counsel and a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. She manages the firm’s pro bono program, which includes litigation, corporate, and tax matters, oversees pro bono initiatives and, with the Co-Chairs of the Pro Bono Committee, sets the strategy for the firm's pro bono work.

From 2005 to 2017, Ms. Cowan represented detainees at Guantanamo Bay in habeas actions and other proceedings.

Her commercial practice includes white collar and regulatory matters, including defense of government investigations, internal investigations and general commercial litigation. Ms. Cowan has extensive experience representing clients in trading inquiries by FINRA after the announcement of corporate transactions and other significant events. She also provides advice to clients on federal, state and local pay-to-play and campaign finance laws.

Prior to joining the firm in 1998, Ms. Cowan was a law clerk to the Hon. Jan E. DuBois in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Cowan received her J.D. in 1997 from Columbia Law School, where she was a Stone Scholar, a research and writing editor for the Journal of Law and Social Problems, and a recipient of the James A. Elkins Prize in Constitutional Law. She received her B.A. magna cum laude in Political Science, with honors, from Barnard College in 1991.


  • Columbia Law School, 1997, J.D.
  • Barnard College, 1991, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York