GREENSBORO – The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys has presented J. Donald Cowan, Jr., a partner with Smith Moore LLP, the association's 2006 Award for Professional Excellence. The award recognizes NCADA members whose contributions to the legal profession have been "truly outstanding in exemplifying sustained, excellent service to defendants, to the Bar, and to the community."
The NCADA cited Cowan for "his range of expertise as a trial lawyer that spans the entire spectrum of trial practice, from the most sophisticated and difficult civil cases to the most demanding of criminal cases." Among Cowan's recent cases was his extensive pro bono work challenging the lethal injection procedures used by the State in the execution last April of Willie Brown.
Cowan also drew praise for his efforts to train and educate other attorneys. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor of trial practice at Duke University Law School for nine years, Cowan is a regular presenter at attorney seminars and workshops about trial practice. Cowan has previously been recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers as one of the State's top 10 litigators and by Chambers & Partners of Great Britain as one of North Carolina's top 6 commercial litigators. He also is currently serving as North Carolina's only Regent on the Board of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the premier professional organization in America for trial attorneys.
Cowan has practiced with Smith Moore or its predecessor firms since 1973. His practice as a defense attorney includes areas such as product liability, commercial litigation, class actions, antitrust and trade regulation, and intellectual property.
This is the second year in a row that a Smith Moore attorney has received the Award for Professional Excellence from NCADA. Stephen Millikin was presented the award in 2005.
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