Tracy Cowan

Managing Partner - St. Louis, MO

  • location icon St. Louis, MO
    100 S. 4th Street
    Suite 675
    St. Louis, MO 63102
  • location icon Madison County, IL
    103 W. Vandalia St.
    Suite 300
    Edwardsville, IL 62025

Tracy Cowan is the managing partner of the St. Louis office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Products Liability and Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation Practices. 

Tracy has extensive experience managing national mass tort litigation for corporate clients. He has litigated asbestos, toxic tort, products liability and environmental matters in trial courts around the United States, including a four month long environmental trial which resulted in a favorable verdict in Alameda County, California. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, Tracy has significant trial experience in the St. Louis Metro area and nationwide. 

Tracy has recently tried cases to verdict both in Madison County, Illinois and the City of St. Louis, Missouri, two prominent “Judicial Hellholes” as identified by the American Tort Reform Association. The City of St. Louis matter was a living mesothelioma lawsuit which resulted in a successful defense verdict on behalf of an automotive manufacturer. Tracy also has significant experience in defending personal injury and wrongful death claims against trucking, rail, and aviation transportation clients on a national level, and regionally defending professional liability lawsuits.

Community Activities

  • Atrek Dance Company–Past President, Board of Directors
  • St. Louis Art Museum
  • Missouri Botanical Garden

Professional Presentations

  • "Managing Digital Production and Discovery/Dark Web/Cyber Security," HarrisMartin's MDL Conference: Current Mass Torts from E-Discovery Through Exit Strategies - Navigating "Game-Changing" Dynamics Agenda, New York, New York (November 2018)
  • "Examining the Resurgence of Personal Jurisdictional Challenges Impacting Asbestos Cases in the Wake of Bristol-Myers Squibb," American Conference Institute's 23rd National Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, Chicago, Illinois (May 2018)
  • "Jurisdictional Update: Status of the Litigation and Recent Decisions," Perrin Mid-Atlantic Asbestos Seminar, Wilmington, Delaware (June 2017)
  • "National Coordinating Counsel Roundtable," Defense Asbestos Lawyers Seminar (DALS), Orlando, Florida (June 2017)
  • "The Evolution of Talc Litigation," Hilton Head, South Carolina (May 2017)
  • "Challenges of Working as a Team," Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP Attorney Training Retreat, Montalba, Texas (February 2017)
  • Accredited CLE Presentation, Resolute Management In-House Presentation, Boston, Massachusetts (January 2017)
  • Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar (DALS 2016 & 2017)
  • "Legal Aspects of Talc Litigation," Cardno ChemRisk Asbestos Science Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada (June 2016)
  • Mock Opening/Closing Presentation, Sherwin-Williams In-House Presentation, Las Vegas, Nevada (June 2016)
  • "Update on Daimler Impact in Various Jurisdictions," Hilton Head, South Carolina (May 2016)
  • Accredited CLE Presentation, Resolute Management In-House Presentation, Chicago, Illinois (March 2016)
  • Accredited CLE Presentation, Resolute Management In-House Presentation, Boston, Massachusetts (January 2016)
  • Accredited CLE Presentation, Liberty Mutual In-House Presentation, Dover, New Hampshire (January 2016)
  • "What Kind of Asbestos Was That?" 29th Annual FELA Occupational Claims Litigation Seminar, Boulder, Colorado (June 2015)
  • "Lung Cancer Litigation," Hilton Head, South Carolina (May 2015)
  • "Jurisdictional Update - Missouri/Illinois," Hilton Head Client Retreat, Hilton Head, South Carolina (May 2015)
  • Accredited CLE Presentation, Nationwide Insurance In-House Presentation, Wausau, Wisconsin (October 2015)
  • Instructor, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP Advanced Trial Tactics Training, Montalba, Texas (January 2015)
  • Moderator, Results of Paustenbach Take Home Study, 28th Annual FELA Occupational Claims Litigation Seminar, Nashville, Tennessee (June 2014)
  • Accredited CLE Presentation, AIG In-House Presentation, New York, New York (December 2014)
  • "Trial of a Living Meso," 27th Annual FELA Occupational Claims Litigation Seminar, Bolder, Colorado (June 2013)
  • "Update on Asbestos Expert Witnesses," Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP Attorney Training Retreat, Montalba, Texas (April 2013)
  • "Madison County Litigation Overview," Hilton Head Client Retreat, Hilton Head, South Carolina (April 2010)
  • "Changes in Medicare Provisions," Thompson Coburn LLP In-House Attorney Training, St. Louis, Missouri (2009)

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • Arkansas
    • Illinois
    • Missouri
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
    • United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • United States District Court for the District of Utah
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Admissions

Arkansas

Illinois

Missouri

United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri

United States District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Illinois

United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

United States District Court for the District of Nebraska

United States District Court for the District of Utah

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Arkansas

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • American Bar Association
  • DRI
  • Missouri Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

Awards & Honors

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Top Rated Lawyer in 'Transportation Law,' American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell (2013)

Education

University of Missouri School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1992

  • Missouri Law Review (1990–1992) 

University of Missouri–Columbia

Bachelor of Arts,1987

Representative Matters

  • Doug Marian, as surviving heir of Earl Marian, Deceased v. A.W. Chesterton, et al.
  • NC Illinois Trust Company v. First Illini Bancorp
  • American Minerals, Inc. v. Baldor Electric Company and Square One Electric Service Company
  • Richard P. Hooker v. A.W. Chesterton, et al., Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Civil Action No. 07-4928 - Represented a U.S motors and generators company and its distributor - Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit. The Court granted summary judgment in favor of represented clients despite significant asbestos product identification and exposure testimony based on sophisticated user doctrine while denying similarly situated defendants' motions.
  • Daniel Brenner v. Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., District Court of Johnson County, Kansas - Represented a leading Canadian investment banking company - Obtained summary judgment in multimillion dollar lawsuit against client on two occasions. Twice argued appeal before Kansas Supreme Court and sustained judgment on Plaintiff's claims in second appeal.
  • Martha Deaton et al. v. Astec Industries, Inc., et al., Warren County, Mississippi - Represented a U.S motors and generators company - Obtained summary judgment shortly before trial after extensive fact and expert discovery in product liability litigation arising out of May 16, 2002 fire and explosion at Rouse Polymerics in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the largest industrial accident in the history of the State of Mississippi. The litigation was brought on behalf of the families of five (5) workers killed by the fire and explosion in addition to seven (7) individuals who were severally injured by it.
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