Jennifer Cowan

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 

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New York 10022 NY US

Jennifer R. Cowan is the firm’s Pro Bono Counsel and a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. She manages the firm’s pro bono program, which includes litigation, corporate, and tax matters. Since 2005, Ms. Cowan has represented detainees at Guantanamo Bay in habeas actions and other proceedings. Her commercial practice includes white collar and regulatory matters, including defense of government investigations, internal investigations and general commercial litigation.

Ms. Cowan has extensive experience representing clients in trading inquiries by FINRA after the announcement of corporate transactions and other significant events. She also provides advice to clients on federal, state and local pay-to-play and campaign finance laws.

Prior to joining the firm in 1998, Ms. Cowan was a law clerk to the Hon. Jan E. DuBois in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Cowan received her J.D. in 1997 from Columbia Law School, where she was a Stone Scholar, a research and writing editor for the Journal of Law and Social Problems, and a recipient of the James A. Elkins Prize in Constitutional Law. She received her B.A. magna cum laudein Political Science, with honors, from Barnard College in 1991.


  • The Carlyle Group in a New Mexico qui tam action brought against numerous private equity firms under that State’s false claims statute.
  • Toyota Motor Sales USA in various state and federal investigations relating to vehicle acceleration issues. These included 29 state attorney general investigations, congressional inquiries, SEC investigations, and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations, all of which settled without any criminal convictions for the company.
  • Five detainees at Guantanamo Bay pro bono in habeas and other actions, including the release of two clients and winning a grant of the writ of habeas corpus and release of a third client in 2013.


  • Columbia Law School, 1997, J.D.
  • Barnard College, 1991, B.A.

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  • New York


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