Committed To Fighting For Our Clients’ Rights And Achieving Their Goals

Robert A. Cowan
Robert Adam Cowan


Rob began his legal career representing insurance companies but realized it was people, not insurance companies, he most wanted to help. After practicing and becoming a partner at Kinney, Kemp, Sponcler, Joiner & Tharpe until 2001, he established Cowan, Plumley, and Bucci, LLC, and maintained two offices in North Georgia until 2003. Rob then established The Cowan Law Firm in early 2003 in Dalton, GA, where he focuses on personal injury and wrongful death claims, business and contract disputes, and mediation and arbitration.

Personal attention and accessibility set Rob Cowan apart from other attorneys. When you enter The Cowan Law Firm, the first door you’ll see is the one for Rob’s own office, and on any given day, you’ll find it open. He doesn’t hide from his clients. Instead, he invites them in. A number of attorneys barely explain or communicate with their clients, leaving the client barely aware of the legal issues in the case and what they can expect moving forward. Rob makes sure that each client knows and understands the complexities of their case, their role as a litigant, and the need to be well prepared so the client’s expectations can be achieved.

Rob understands that you are not just a case or claim. He learns about each of his clients, their lives, and businesses. It’s in these other details that he finds important factors and pieces of the puzzle that may also be affected by the main problem being presented. Whether helping clients in a wrongful death case, personal injury or family law matter, or business dispute, Rob enjoys helping people find relief from the problem they’re facing.

Other attorneys look to Rob to help them with their clients and cases. So much so that they have come to him to help solve disputes through mediation. Rob regularly conducts over 150 mediations a year, most to a successful settlement.

Rob lives in Dalton with his family and practices primarily in north Georgia – from the Alabama line east to Union County. He values his community and was the recipient of the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service. An avid runner, having completed several marathons, he shares his love for running by volunteering at a local elementary school where the running club he started has grown from 20 to 80 students in just a few years. He has served as chairman of the Whitfield County Hospital Authority, The Northwest Georgia Regional Library Board, The Creative Arts Guild, and many more organizations.


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1993
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Major: Political Science

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Involved with free abatement program with Georgia Legal Services, 1993 to Present
  • Whitfield County Hospital Authority
  • The Northwest Georgia Regional Library Board
  • The Creative Arts Guild

Past Positions

  • Kinney, Kemp, Sponcelr, Joiner & Tharpe, Partner, 1993 to 2001
  • Cowan, Plumley and Bucci, LLC, Partner, 2001 to 2003


  • English
  • Spanish

Ancillary Businesses

  • Mediation
  • Arbitration

Published Works

  • Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Editor and Managing Board

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Zeta Beta Tau

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Member, 1993 - present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 2001 - 2009

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Mediation, Georgia Office of Conflict Resolution
  • Arbitration, Georgia Office of Conflict Resolution

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Mediation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Mini-trials
  • Consumer Protection
  • Contracts
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Dissolution
  • Formation & Business Planning
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Guardianships & Conservatorships
  • Living Wills
  • Powers of Attorney and Appointment
  • Wills
  • Adoption
  • Alimony & Spousal Support
  • Child Support
  • Collaborative Law
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence & Neglect
  • Paternity
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Personal Injury -- Defense
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Defense
  • Premises Liability -- Defense
  • Property Damage -- Defense
  • Slip and Fall -- Defense
  • Wrongful Death -- Defense
  • Animal Bites -- Plaintiff
  • Assault & Battery -- Plaintiff
  • Aviation Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Defamation & Privacy -- Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Property Damage -- Plaintiff
  • Railroad Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Slip and Fall -- Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff
  • Estate Administration
  • Trusts
  • Products Liability Law
  • Machinery & Tools
  • Medical Products & Devices
  • Motor Vehicle Defects
  • Pharmaceutical Products
  • Recreational Products
  • Child Custody
  • Premises Liability -- Plaintiff

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1993


  • Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service, 2006