Tracy Cowan

Managing Partner

Tracy.Cowan@lewisbrisbois.com

Tracy Cowan is the managing partner of the St. Louis office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Products Liability Practice, and a vice-chair of the Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation Practice. He has extensive experience managing national mass tort litigation for corporate clients, including asbestos, toxic tort, products liability, and environmental matters venued in trial courts around the United States, and especially in the St. Louis Metro area.

Tracy’s recent cases include a four-month long environmental trial that resulted in a favorable verdict in Alameda County, California, and cases tried to verdict 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.

In addition, Tracy has significant experience representing banks, brokerage firms, partnerships, and the manufacturers of commercial and consumer products in business and commercial disputes in federal and state courts. His experience includes the representation of banks in business disputes brought by customers, manufacturers in actions brought against vendors, partnerships in dissolution proceedings, and corporations in actions brought by their distributors.

Among other matters, he represented a leading Canadian investment banking company in a suit brought under the Kansas Securities Act for the sale of unregistered securities. He obtained summary judgement on behalf of the investment firm on two occasions and twice argued the appeal before the Kansas Supreme Court which sustained the judgment in favor of Tracy’s client on the second appeal. Tracy also defended a bank in a lawsuit and appeal brought by beneficiaries of a trust alleging breach of fiduciary duties. He also has successfully defended a motors and generators company in actions following the termination of its distributors.

Tracy also has 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.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • General Liability
  • Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Transportation
  • Professional Liability
  • National Trial Practice

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)

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)

Education

University of Missouri School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1992

  • Missouri Law Review (1990–1992) 

University of Missouri–Columbia

Bachelor of Arts,1987

Community Activities

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