CowanGates | Attorney | Neil Cowan

Neil Cowan Jr.
CowanGates President


Neil 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, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.

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 has been elected to a three-year term on Salisbury Country Club’s Board of Directors, which represents his third term.

CowanGates | Attorney | Neil Cowan

Neil Cowan Jr.
CowanGates President


“Thank you seems so inadequate compared to all you have done for me during these last several months. You have my deepest gratitude and appreciate and you will forever remind my legal hero! Many, many thanks.”

Lynn C., CowanGates Client

“CowanGates had handled some of my real estate dealings in the past and did a fantastic job, so I decided to hire them as my personal and business law firm. It was the correct decision, as they have been great to work with! All the attorneys are knowledgeable, patient, and attentive. I can call Mike Hall and Scott Stovall with any questions or problems I might need help solving and they advise me in the best way to benefit my business and personal legal needs. I would highly recommend CowanGates to anyone that is looking for a well rounded law firm that can handle anything from small personal issues to larger more complex situations that a small business may be involved with. Not only can they be a full service law firm, but also they pay attention to detail and get your issues completed in a professional and speedy manner.”

Robert M., CowanGates Client

“Thank you for your help in “getting through” this situation. I was absolutely lost and you provided the guidance to see it to resolution. I would like to speak to you relative to reviewing the current arrangement with the LLC, current wills, etc. if you would be so kind. Thanks again, I will always be grateful.”

Shirley R., CowanGates Client

“Thank you so much for your time and help last week. That was a true wake-up call for me! I’ve truly enjoyed working with CowanGates and look forward to continue working together on real estate, not issue flaws. Have a wonderful holiday with your family and thank you again for all of your help!”

Amy E., CowanGates Client

“I would just like to say thanks for a great job in my defense. The first time I met you and Brandon, when you came to New Jersey for the deposition, I was very impressed. Then after the deposition was over I had a very secure feeling that my insurance company had chosen the best firm in Virginia to defend us in this case. That feeling was reinforced 10 fold when I went to Virginia for the hearing and I met the full CowanGates Team. I can only imagine the amount of man hours that went into the preparation for our defense. I was also very impressed with the amount of respect that the Court had for your team.  I think that respect weighed a lot in our favor. Thanks again for a great job.”

Neil, CowanGates Client

“From our initial meeting, your experience and calm manner was very reassuring that everything would be alright. Thank you so much for your help.”

Chris P., CowanGates Client
CowanGates | Attorney | Neil Cowan

Neil Cowan Jr.
CowanGates President

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Family Law
  • 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

  • Chesterfield County Bar Association, Past President
  • John Marshall Inn of Court, Board of Directors
  • Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Virginia State Bar Association, Member
  • 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
  • CancerLINC – Legal Information Network for Cancer
CowanGates | Attorney | Neil Cowan

Neil Cowan Jr.
CowanGates President


  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Barrister, John Marshall Inn of Court
  • Listed in the 21st-29th Editions of The Best Lawyers in America® for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation — Defendants (2015-2023)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 (Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs); Virginia’s Top 100 and Richmond’s Top 50 in 2018
  • Member, National Association of Distinguished Counsel – Nation’s Top One Percent – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs