President - April 2018 to Present
McGowan & McGowan, P.C.
McGowan Abstract & Title Co. Brownfield, Texas
Nowak & Stauch, Dallas, Texas
Partner, October 2010 – March, 2018
Of Counsel, March, 2018 - Present
Served as trial, arbitration, negotiation, and appellate counsel for numerous companies, healthcare providers, physicians, residential and commercial construction companies, and oil and gas operators; acted as outside general counsel for more than thirty small and medium sized businesses; lead counsel for multiple merger and acquisition projects, including several multi-million dollar deals; handled numerous medical malpractice lawsuits; drafted proposed model legislation to be used by client in lobbying efforts; drafted, reviewed, and negotiated sales and lease contracts, employment agreements, licensing agreements, as well as corporation, joint venture, and partnership formation documents; appeared as first-chair counsel at several trials and countless hearings; successful in oral argument before the Dallas Court of Appeals; drafted appellate briefs, including a brief to the United States Supreme Court, and dispositive motions; defended prominent sports infrastructure company in product defect suit resulting in zero dollar settlement and recovery of defense costs from co-defendant; served as special litigation counsel for the Chapter 7 Trustee on multiple occasions; secured seven-figure judgment against the State of Texas in a wrongful forfeiture action.
The Ted Smith Law Firm, Harker Heights, Texas
Associate Attorney, June 2009 – October 2010
Represented homebuilder in multi-million dollar construction defect case and arranged settlement for less than 1% of plaintiffs’ demand; served as lead counsel in both bench and jury trials; successfully obtained Writ of Mandamus on client’s behalf.
Third Court of Appeals, Austin, Texas
Summer Clerk for Justice Bob Pemberton, May 2007
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Abilene, Texas; San Antonio, Texas
Facility Provider Network Representative, April 1997 – February 2004
Negotiated managed care contracts with hospitals and ancillary providers across a ninety-seven county region of southwest Texas; successfully led transition of south Texas hospitals following Blue Cross’s acquisition of PruCare HMO; worked directly with hospitals and other providers, including conducting educational seminars for hospital employees, to encourage use of electronic billing, leading to millions of dollars in cost savings; worked directly with the United States Office of Personnel Management and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Director’s Office concerning Federal Employee Program benefits and member-generated appeals; served as FEP benefit specialist within the Texas and Illinois customer service departments.
Baylor Law School, Waco, Texas; J.D.; Trial & Appellate Concentration, May ‘09, cum laude
- Grade Point Average: 3.50, Top 15%
- Articles Editor, Baylor Law Review; Managing Editor, TexSupp - Baylor’s online journal
- Class Vice President, 2008
McMurry University, Abilene, Texas; B.A.; Sociology/Political Science, July ‘06, summa cum laude
- Grade Point Average: 3.98, #2 in Graduating Class
Licensed by the State Bar of Texas and admitted to practice in all Texas courts and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals