Charles S. McCowan, Jr.

Charles McCowan is of counsel in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. A founding member of the firm, he has more than 40 years of experience and represented local, regional, national and international petrochemical, industrial, healthcare, and corporate clients in a wide variety of disputes.  His experience includes class action litigation, toxic tort defense, construction litigation, environmental litigation, and commercial disputes. He has completed the civil mediation course that satisfies Louisiana's training requirement under La. R.S. 9:4106 and he is included on the approved registry of civil mediators maintained by the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Charles is an AV-rated lawyer and was selected by his peers for membership as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) and the International Society of Barristers. He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.) for more than 10 years and was named the Baton Rouge Mass Tort Litigator of the Year in 2010.  Charles is listed among the top litigation lawyers in the State of Louisiana by Chambers USA (2014) and is listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers 2007-2014.

He was counsel to the Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) and the Louisiana Municipal Association (LMA) for over thirty years.

Representative Experience

  • Lead counsel or liaison counsel in numerous toxic tort and commercial class action cases involving thousands of class members and multiple Fortune 100 defendants
  • Author and lecturer on class action and complex litigation at Louisiana State Bar Association sponsored continuing legal education courses
  • Participated as Counsel or Amicus in over 80 reported decisions

Education

Charles earned his B.S. from Louisiana State University in 1964.  He earned his J.D. in 1967 from the LSU Law Center where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Delta Phi, and the Order of the Coif. He served as a Staff Writer for the Louisiana Law Review from 1965 to 1967.  He also served as Captain, JAGC, United States Army from 1967 to 1971.  Charles was inducted into the LSU Law School Hall of Fame in 1987.

Admissions

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 1967; United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana; United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit; United States Supreme Court, 1971

Memberships

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow American College of Trial Lawyers (2014-2015 State Adjunct Committee Member)
  • Emeritus Fellow International Society of Barristers
  • Fellow Louisiana Bar Foundation (2014-2015 Grants Committee Member)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (2014-2015 Client Assistance Fund Committee Member)

Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • Louisiana Supreme Court Rejects Application of Punitive Damages in Toxic Tort Case, Louisiana Law Blog, March 2012.
  • The Cy Pres Doctrine:  A Settling Concept, McCowan and Fayard, Louisiana Bar Journal, December 2010/January 2011.
  • Louisiana Complex Litigation, McCowan and Fayard, 80 Tulane Law Review 1905, June 2006.
  • 1998-2006 Review of the Louisiana Class Action, Louisiana Judicial College, and Annual Summer Schools for Lawyers, Louisiana State Bar Association and Annual Class Action Mass Tort Symposiums.
  • Joint Defense Counsel: Retention and Responsibility, The Defense Research Institute, 36 For the Defense 20, 1994.
  • The Evolution of Environmental Law in Louisiana, 52 Louisiana Law Review 907.
  • Defending the State Environmental Enforcement Actions, 36 Louisiana Bar Journal 20.
  • Louisiana Environmental Enforcement Actions, 29 Louisiana Bar Journal 171.

Community Service

  • Board of Director's Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area
  • Volunteer, Louisiana Capital Area Red Cross
  • Member, Advisory Board, Louisiana Business & Technology Center

Reported Cases Available upon request.

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Education

J.D., LSU Law Center, 1967

B.S., Louisiana State University, 1964

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Louisiana, 1967
U.S. Court of Military Appeals , 1971
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Defense Research Institute

Louisiana Law Institute
Committee for the Revision of Environmental Law Procedure, 1991-1992

American Board of Trial Advocates

Baton Rouge Bar Association
Board of Directors, 1986-1987

Louisiana State Bar Association
Young Lawyers Council, 1973-1975 Delegate, House of Delegates, 1998-2002

American Bar Association

Dean Henry George McMahon American Inn of Court

Judicial Liaison Committee

International Society of Barristers
Fellow

Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated

Chambers USA

Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year 2014