Jack “Skip” McCowan is a partner in the San Francisco office with more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer. In 2012, he was singled out by Who's Who Legal International as a "Most Highly Regarded Individual" in Product Liability Defense, a recognition awarded to just 10 attorneys worldwide for outstanding achievement in their respective practice areas.
Mr. McCowan is a member of the Drug and Medical Device, Environmental/Toxic Tort, and Commercial Litigation practice groups. His practice is equally divided between drug, medical device and other product liability litigation, environmental litigation, and commercial litigation, including matters involving trade secrets and unfair business practices.
He has represented a wide variety of companies in trials in federal and state courts throughout the State of California, as well as other states. Mr. McCowan's leadership at the firm includes having served as the Chair of the Diversity Committee. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he teaches a course in personal injury litigation.
California Supreme Court
U.S. District Courts, California
Current member of the Board of Directors of the Defense Research Institute
Vice-Chair of the DRI Center for Law and Public Policy
Defense Research Institute, Past Chair of the Drug & Medical Device Committee and member of the Drug & Medical Device Steering Committee. The Drug & Medical Device Committee presents a number of continuing legal education programs for attorneys, both in-house and outside counsel, including an annual seminar at which more than 900 lawyers attend, a seminar/workshop for young lawyers and web conferences dealing with important substantive law issues and trial practice pointers dealing with pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.
Active in Lawyers for Civil Justice since 1992, having appeared before the Advisory Rules Committee of the Judicial Conference on two occasions to provide the committee with evidence relevant to changes in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure dealing with discovery and class actions.
Member of the Development Committee of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence
International Association of Defense Counsel, member of the Executive Committee (1999-2001)
Northern California Association of Defense Counsel, Board of Directors (1985-1987)
Selected and participated as a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy in 1992
San Francisco Bar Association
Past president of the Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise
Volunteer team leader for Common Hope in Guatemala