Michael Cowen

Partner & Attorney

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 18-wheeler and commercial vehicle cases involving death and catastrophic injury, pre-trial motions, 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 18-wheeler and commercial vehicle cases involving death and catastrophic injury.


In 2018 Michael created the Trial Lawyer Nation podcast, and hosts two episodes every month where he helps share industry knowledge for fellow plaintiff attorneys. The podcast has grown so quickly that 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!


  • Board Certified in Truck Accident Law (2019-current)
  • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2001-current)
  • University of Texas at Austin School of Law, J.D. (1995)
  • Texas A&M University, B.A. (1991)


Bar Admissions:

  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Texas


Courts of Admittance:

  • Eastern District of Texas
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


Areas of Practice:

  • 18-wheeler and commercial vehicle cases involving death and catastrophic injury


Professional Associations & Memberships:

  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA) – Board Member & Board Certified
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) – Board Member & Co-Chair for Membership
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG) – Board of Directors; Trucking Committee
  • San Antonio Bar Association (SABA)
  • San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association (SATLA)
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) – Board of Directors; CLE Committee
  • Trial School Faculty
  • Von’s Vision Executive Board at Texas A&M


Honors & Awards:

  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • Best San Antonio Lawyers, San Antonio Scene (2015-2016 & 2021)
  • Top 20 Verdicts in Texas, TopVerdict.com (2020)
  • Top 50 Personal Injury Plaintiff Lawyers, San Antonio Scene (2017-2019)
  • Top 100 Verdicts in Texas (2017)


Published Works:

  • Cowen’s Big Rig Boot Camp – Annual CLE Trucking Law Seminar (2018-current)
  • Building Towers of Evidence Captured by Cell Phones
  • Maximizing Trucking Commercial Motor Vehicle Cases
  • Secrets to Winning 8-Figure Injury Cases

Stay tuned for information on Michael’s new book release date and book tour in 2022.



February 24, 2022
“Show and Tell:  Using Language and Visuals to Persuade Twenty-First-Century Jurors”
TTLA 2022 Rio Grande Valley CLE Seminar


December 3, 2021
“The Nuts and Bolts of a Zoom Jury Trial – Beginning to End”
TexasBarCLE Advanced Personal Injury Law Course 2021


November 12, 2021
“Advocatus: Annual Meeting 2021”
Oklahoma Association for Justice


July 13, 2021
“How to Make Your Best Appearance on Zoom”
AAJ Annual Convention


June 4, 2021
“Beyond Tractor Trailers: Rules & Standards Applicable to Company Vehicle Cases”
Kentucky Justice Association Trucking Seminar


March 30, 2021
“Trial by Zoom: Trial Prep Tips for the Zoom Era”
DTLA March Meeting


February 25, 2021
“Let’s Talk Trucking Litigation”
Advocate Capital


February 24, 2021
“Preparing for a Zoom Trial”
ATAA Special Webinar


February 10, 2021
“Preparing for a Zoom Trial”
AAJ Winter Convention


October 23, 2020
Filing a Direct Negligence Claim
AAJ Trucking Litigation Webinar Series


October 8, 2020
“Shipper/Broker Liability & Finding Additional Ccoverage”
TTLA Commercial Vehicle & Trucking CLE Webinar


September 25, 2020
“Ethics in Assessment and Argument of Value of Cases ”
ATAA Virtual Symposium


September 21, 2020
“Understanding the Transportation Cycle”
ATAA Virtual Symposium


April 27, 2020
“Trying Complicated Cases ”
UT Austin School of Law
Presentation & Discussion


March 27, 2020
“Changing to Court Operations & Using Zoom for Depositions”
TTLA Live Info Sharing
Live Panel Discussion and Q&A


September 19, 2019
“Establishing Company Liability in Trucking Cases”
Sun Valley, Idaho
AIEG 2019 Fall Conference


September 14, 2019
“Establishing Company Liability in Trucking Cases”
Nashville, TN
ATAA Annual Symposium


August 16, 2019
“Negligent Training Cases – Dealing with a Recent Supreme Court Case and Stipulation of Course and Scope”
Horseshoe Bay, TX
TTLA Commercial Vehicle, 18-Wheeler & Oilfield CLE


July 28, 2019
“Presenting Hope and Harms for Trial”
San Diego, California
Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group CLE Program


July 27, 2019
“Decoding the Truck Crash”
San Diego, California
Trucking/Bus Litigation Group CLE Program


July 26, 2019
“New Discovery Issues in Dram Shop Cases”
San Antonio, TX
SBOT Advanced Personal Injury Law CLE


June 13, 2019
“Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles and Stereotypes”
Austin, TX
Women and Law Section


May 16, 2019
“Cell Phone Discovery”
South Padre Island, TX
Soaking Up Some CLE


May 15, 2019
“Finding the Villain in Truck Crash Cases”
Lubbock, TX
South Plains Trial Lawyers Association


May 9, 2019
“Trucking Regulations in Depositions”
Atlantic City, NJ
New Jersey Association of Justice, Trucking Litigation Group


May 2, 2019
“Preserving Evidence from Cell Phones”
Columbus, OH
2019 OAJ Annual Convention


May 1, 2019
“Negligent Training Cases”


January 31, 2019
“Just Say No: The Many Reasons Why Lawyers Are Sometimes Required to Decline Cases”
SAYLA – Eggs and Ethics


December 6, 2018
“Ethical Legal Marketing” panel
Plano, TX
TTLA Annual Conference

December 2, 2018
Trucking 101
Miami, FL
Keynote Speaker for Law Firm Attorney Retreat


December 1, 2018
Washington, D.C.
AAJ Members Only Conference


November 29, 2018
Getting to Punitive Damages Through Lack of Training
Washington, D.C.
AAJ Members Only Conference


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