News

News Releases:

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the seventh consecutive year, announce the “Best Law Firms” rankings.

Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The 2017 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S.

 

F. Neil Cowan Jr. has been selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2017.

 

Virginia Lawyers Weekly has announced the inaugural class of “Up & Coming Lawyers 2016,” which recognizes lawyers who have made their mark during their first ten years of practice.  CowanGates attorney, Melanie Friend, is one of the honorees. We want to congratulate Melanie on her great accomplishment!

 

We are proud to announce our attorneys that have been named to the list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
2016 Super Lawyers F. Neil Cowan Jr. (Personal Injury – Plaintiff) and Melanie Friend (Family Law)
2016 Rising Stars Scott Stovall (Estate Planning & Probate) and Julia Childrey (Family Law)

 

The Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) Welcomes Frank F. Rennie IV as the new general counsel

 

Frank N. Cowan was named as the Virginia Association of Defense Attorney’s recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation

 

New Tactics Successful – Seeking punitives from drunken drivers – Virginia Lawyers Weekly
by Peter Vieth

 

Caring Canines – Reaching out to the community with “man’s best friend”…

 

Therapy dogs help law students relieve stress during exams


Articles:

Is an Estate Plan Created in One State Valid in Another? Portability of Estate Plans Across State Lines* by Scott Stovall

VDOT muscle: An eminently unfair practice

Sole Custody – Sociology of Divorce by Melanie Friend

Invoking the Fifth Amendment in Adultery Cases – Do Cheating Spouses Get to Cheat the System by Melanie Friend

How To Make The Most Of Your Consultation Time by Melanie Friend

Child Testimony In Custody And Visitation Cases

Wills, Trusts and Estates – Frequently Asked Questions* by Michael Hall

Additional Firm News:

Retired Admiral Serves Legal Needs of Richmond Clients –  Henrico Citizen, November 20, 2013

Senator Mark Warner Congratulates Rusty Gates for Receiving William R. Blandford Community Service Award

Rusty Gates Receives Community Service Award from Powhatan Bar Association 

CowanGates Bike MS Team raised more than $15,000 for MS! 

“Getting to Know: Melanie Friend” – Richmond Times-Dispatch 5/4/13

Judge Ernest P. Gates featured in Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia Heroes on 3/31/13

Melanie Friend is the 2013 recipient of the Richmond Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award

MRWBA Honors Stephanie Grana with Women of Achievement Award – Katherine Gray Chairs MRWBA Holiday Luncheon

“You Need to Meet…Melanie Friend” Work It Richmond October 7, 2012 

“Service, Sacrifice and Courage”, May 30, 2012

Brandon Cowan volunteers for Meals on Wheels

Veteran’s Day 2010 Celebration at Sunrise Assisted Living, Richmond, VA


CowanGates Laaser Report:

2016 – 2017
Jon Laaser Report – May 3, 2017

Jon Laaser Report – April 19, 2017 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – April 19, 2017 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – April 12, 2017

Jon Laaser Report – April 5, 2017 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – April 5, 2017 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – March 29, 2017 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – March 29, 2017 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – March 24, 2017

Jon Laaser Report – March 15, 2017

Jon Laaser Report – March 8, 2017

Jon Laaser Report – March 1, 2017 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – March 1, 2017 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – February 22, 2017 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – February 22, 2017 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – February 14, 2017

Jon Laaser Report – February 8, 2017

Jon Laaser Report – February 1, 2017

Jon Laaser Report – January 25, 2017

Jon Laaser Report – January 18, 2017 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – January 18, 2017 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – January 11, 2017

Jon Laaser Report – January 4, 2017

Jon Laaser Report – December 29, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – December 21, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – December 7, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – November 30, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – November 23, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – November 16, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – November 9, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – November 2, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – October 26, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – October 19, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – October 12, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – October 5, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – September 28, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – September 21, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – September 14, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – September 7, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – August 31, 2016

2015 – 2016
Jon Laaser Report – April 13, 2016 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – April 13, 2016 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – April 6, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – March 30, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – March 23, 2016 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – March 23, 2016 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – March 16, 2016 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – March 16, 2016 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – March 9, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – March 2, 2016 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – March 2, 2016 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – January 20, 2016

Jon Laaser Report – January 6, 2016 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – January 6, 2016 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – December 9, 2015 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – December 9, 2015 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – December 2, 2015 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – December 2, 2015 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – November 25, 2015 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – November 25, 2015 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – November 18, 2015 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – November 18, 2015 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – November 11, 2015 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – November 11, 2015 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – October 28, 2015 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – October 28, 2015 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – October 21, 2015 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – October 21, 2015 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – October 14, 2015 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – October 14, 2015 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – October 7, 2015 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – October 7, 2015 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – October 1, 2015 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – October 1, 2015 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – September 23, 2015 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – September 23, 2015 Part Two

Jon Laaser Report – September 15, 2015 Part One

Jon Laaser Report – September 15, 2015 Part Two