F. Neil Cowan Jr.

Richmond, Virginia


phone  804-320-9100
fax 804-330-3140
email ncowan@cowangates.com
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2017 Super Lawyers LogoNeil was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1988. He earned his B.S. degree in History and Religion from Hampden-Sydney College and a J.D. from the T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond.

Neil was selected as a Barrister of the John Marshall Inn of Court, an organization that fosters effective advocacy and professionalism among judges, trial lawyers and law professors. Neil practices in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, civil and commercial litigation and insurance defense and was named as a SuperLawyer for the years 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

In 1999, Neil won a three million dollar jury verdict for a personal injury client in the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond. It was one of the largest verdicts ever won in that court. Since then, he has become a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization whose membership is limited to attorneys that have won jury verdicts or settlements of one million dollars or more.

Neil has served as President of both the Chesterfield County Bar Association and the Briar Creek Hunt Club. He is a past President of Salisbury Country Club and is currently serving his second three-year term on the club’s Board of Directors. He is a founding member of the Huguenot Trail Rotary Club, and a founder and former President of the Salisbury Men’s Golf Association.

He currently also serves on the Boards of the Midlothian YMCA and Providence Forge Fishing and Hunting Club.

Neil discusses Personal Injury Law

Neil discusses Criminal Defense



Areas of Practice: 
Criminal Defense
Personal Injury
Civil Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Insurance Defense
Family Law
Bar Admissions:
Virginia, 1988
University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia
B.S., History and Religion
Honors and Awards:
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Barrister, John Marshall Inn of Court
Virginia Super Lawyers, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs)
Listed in the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th Editions of The Best Lawyers in America© in the practice areas of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Member, National Association of Distinguished Counsel – Nation’s Top One Percent – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Chesterfield County Bar Association, Past President
John Marshall Inn of Court, Board of Directors
Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Member
Virginia State Bar Association, Member
Community Activities:
Salisbury Country Club, Past President
Huguenot Trail Rotary Club, Founding Member
Salisbury Men’s Golf Association, Founder, Past President
Midlothian YMCA, Board of Directors
Salisbury Country Club, Board of Directors and Past President
Hampden-Sydney College Richmond Alumni Club, Board of Directors
Providence Forge Fishing & Hunting Club, Board of Directors
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