Scott W. Cowan
Scott Cowan has first-chair trial and appellate experience in complex, multiparty, and multiforum litigation involving intellectual property, construction, energy, and petrochemical matters. In addition to his two decades of trial experience, Scott has significant transactional experience negotiating, drafting, interpreting and defending complex contracts in several contexts. Scott counsels numerous Fortune 500 companies in the oil and gas, petrochemical, construction, software, technology, aerospace, manufacturing, and service industries on both U.S.-based and international matters. Before law school, Scott worked in the construction industry in a variety of roles including as a design professional, contractor, and owner’s representative. That experience included a variety of public works, public school, commercial, and industrial projects. Since then, Scott has successfully handled numerous matters for owners, architects, engineers, and contractors. He has special expertise regarding contractual indemnities, exclusion of remedies, and limitations of liability. His experience in the petrochemicals industry includes refinery, plant, and pipeline construction; maintenance, renovation, and improvements; and technology licensing, disaster prevention/response, failure analysis, and root cause investigations. Scott's intellectual property experience spans the hardware, software, energy, petrochemicals, and construction industries, and includes the prosecution and defense of claims involving trade secrets, copyrights, patents, and licensing disputes. He has in-depth knowledge of the enterprise software industry and special expertise in open source software.Scott is the Houston Office coordinator for Jones Day's New Lawyer Group. He is a member of the American and Houston Bar Associations and teaches trial skills courses through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's continuing legal education programs.