Education

  • The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., with honors
  • Ohio Dominican College, B.A., summa cum laude 

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio 
Timothy E. Cowans
Partner

When clients need versatile employment counsel, they reach out to Tim.  Tim’s practice is devoted to counseling and representing public and private sector employers in all areas of labor law.  As an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law, his primary area of practice is workers’ compensation defense and general personnel law counseling.  Tim is valued for his ability to view workers’ compensation matters through a general labor and employment management lens, providing competent counsel on all aspects of workers’ compensation cases.  

 Tim has represented employers at numerous workers’ compensation hearings and in court actions across the state.  He has handled collective bargaining negotiations and arbitrations in both the public and private sector and regularly counsels employers on employment discrimination matters, personnel concerns and general labor and employment law issues.

Primary Focus & Experience

  • Workers’ Compensation:  Defends public and private employers in workers’ compensation hearings, appeals and lawsuits. 
  • Employment Law:  Defends boards of education in complaints before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other state agencies; represents clients in all aspects of employment law, from managing internal complaints and investigations, day to day human resources issues, and complex litigation.   
  • Collective Bargaining:  Negotiates labor contracts on behalf of boards of education with teaching and nonteaching unions.  Represents boards in mediation, arbitration, fact-finding and proceedings before the State Employment Relations Board. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation Law. 
  • Super Lawyer (2004 – 2006, 2008)

Presentations & Publications

Tim frequently speaks and writes on the following topics:  

  • Employment and personnel law
  • Workers’ compensation law 
  • Legal ethics
  • Health and safety law

 Tim has presented for the following organizations: 

  • National Business Institute 
  • Ohio State Bar Association

 Tim has authored the following publications: 

  • Prevent Personnel Problems, Unique Opportunities 

Professional Associations & Community Involvement

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Law Committee 
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Labor Law Committee 
  • Columbus Bar Association, Member 

You Might Not Know

Tim has participated in competition barbecuing.

“Treat all clients like they are your only client.”