Michael Cowen


Michael Cowen is the founding partner of Cowen | Rodriguez | Peacock. As a graduate of Texas A&M University in 1991, he is a proud Aggie. After obtaining his degree, Michael attended law school at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law where he graduated in 1995 with high honors and earned the top score on the Texas Bar Exam. To this day, Michael is still asked about this achievement so early in his career.


After graduating, Michael clerked for Judge Reynaldo G. Garza on the Fifth Circuit.


In 1996 Michael moved to New York, where he joined Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, the oldest law firm in the nation. It was his legal experience in New York representing a number of corporations, which led him to his passion to help people when they have been injured and are in need of help the most.


After returning to Texas, Michael spent his legal career handling a wide variety of injury cases. His experience gathering and interpreting evidence has helped him continue to be the most prepared attorney in the courtroom. As a Board Certified attorney in personal injury trial law, Michael has spoken at numerous CLE courses on a range of topics, which include pre-trial motions, roof crush litigation, trucking accidents, trial skills, oil field accidents, product liability and the preservation of evidence.


One of Michael’s notable accomplishments involves his work in a product liability case. Seven months after he requested a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into defective Chinese-made tires distributed by the Hercules Tire & Rubber Company, the tire importer announced it would recall seven sizes of certain All Trac A/T SUV tires. This recall was the result of hard work and dedication to not only the client’s Michael Cowen represents, but also the public who deserve to be safe on our roads.


In 2016, Michael celebrated 20 years of practicing law and is devoted to passing on his years of experience and lessons learned along the way, to his peers in the legal community. As a seasoned trial lawyer Michael has experience handling over 100 trials. Whether it is a CLE course hosted by TTLA, AAJ, AIEG, or a CLE event hosted by Cowen | Rodriguez | Peacock, Michael takes pride in continuing to give his time to not only his clients, but his colleagues as well. He also welcomes the opportunity to work on cases with fellow attorneys, especially in trucking, oil field accidents and product liability matters.

In 2018 Michael created the podcast Trial Lawyer Nation and hosts two episodes every month where he helps share industry knowledge for fellow plaintiff attorneys. The podcast has grown so quickly it has now been heard in every state in the United States, as well as other countries like Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Mexico, Sweden, and more.

Education: Texas A&M University, B.A. – 12/1991; University of Texas at Austin School of Law, J.D. – 05/1995; Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law – 2001 – current

Courts of Admittance: Eastern, Southern, and Western District of Texas, Fifth Circuit

Licensed States: New York, New Mexico and Texas

Areas of Practice: personal injury – trucking, commercial motor vehicle, catastrophic injury, oil field accidents; product liability

Professional Associations and Memberships: TTLA (Board of Directors; CLE Committee), San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, AIEG (Board of Directors; Trucking Committee), AAJ (AAJ Board Member and Co-Chair for Membership)

Honors & Awards: Texas Super Lawyers, “Best Lawyers” 2015 & 2016 Scene in SA Magazine, “Top 50 Personal Injury (Plaintiff) Lawyers” – 2017 & 2018 Scene in SA Magazine, Top 100 Verdicts in Texas in 2017


November 16, 2018
Prosecuting & Defending Truck of Auto Collision Cases
San Antonio, TX
“Data Mining the Person: Cell Phones, Fitbits, Apple Watches, GPS Mapping

September 22, 2018
ATAA 2018 Annual Symposium
Nashville, TN
“Getting Personal: Who is the Real Villain in the Truck Crash Case”

August 16, 2018
TTLA Advocates Meeting
San Antonio, TX
Trucking 101

July 7, 2018
AAJ Annual Conference
Denver, CO
“Trucking Cases and the FMCSR”

May 18, 2018
State Bar of Texas (SBOT) Advanced Evidence and Discovery Seminar
San Antonio, TX
Social Media in Discovery

May 17, 2018
State Bar of Texas (SBOT) Soaking Up Some CLE
South Padre Island, TX
Commercial Motor Vehicle Crashes

April 27, 2018
360 Advocacy Auto Crash Litigation 5.0
Las Vegas, NV
Cell Phone Data and Forensics

April 6, 2018
State Bar of Texas (SBOT) Advanced Evidence and Discovery Seminar
Dallas, TX
Social Media in Discovery

March 24, 2018
American Association for Justice (AAJ) Trucking Litigation Group (TLG) – Trucking College
Scottsdale, AZ
Live Demo of Focus Group – Testing the Hidden Motor Carrier Case

February 22, 2018
Attorney Information Exchange Group (AIEG) Paralegal Seminar
San Antonio, TX
“Cutting-Edge Exhibits”

February 16, 2018
Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Seminar
New Orleans, LA
“Casting Your Villain: Focusing the Case on Corporate Misconduct”

November 17, 2017
TexasBarCLE, Prosecuting and
Defending Truck and Auto Collision Case
San Antonio, TX
“Cutting Edge Trial Tactics: The Plaintiff’s Perspective”

October 6, 2017
Multidisciplinary Advocacy Training
Conference on Child Abuse
Edinburg, TX
“Cell Phone Data and Forensics In Any Case” lunch keynote speaker

September 18, 2017
Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys
(ATAA) Annual Symposium

Nashville, TN
Presenter for plaintiffs in live focus group

July 23, 2017
American Association for Justice
(AAJ) Annual Convention

Boston, MA
“Using Cell Phone Data to Prove Fatigue, Log Falsification, and Distracted Driving” to AAJ Trucking Litigation Group

May 18, 2017
TexasBarCLE, Soaking Up Some CLE
South Padre Island, TX

March 2, 2017
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
(TTLA) Car Wrecks Seminar

Houston, TX
“Distracted Driving and Fatigue Through Cell Phone Forensics and Analysis of Call Detail Records”