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James K. Cowan, Jr.

Chairman at CowanPerry PC
Blacksburg, Virginia
James Cowan is Chairman of CowanPerry, PC in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia. His practice focuses on labor and employment counsel, complex business litigation, land use issues, and commercial real estate projects. He also serves as general outside counsel to numerous businesses. Jim represents a number of employers in the mid-Atlantic region, ranging from high-tech start-ups to large manufacturers. He has over twenty years litigation experience in federal and state courts across Virginia defending wrongful discharge claims, claims for relief under the Family Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, disability discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, age discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and claims of sexual harassment, and race and gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Jim focuses on assisting clients with compliance obligations under the FLSA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, Title VII, and Executive Order 11246 compliance, including preparation of affirmative action plans and responding to OFCCP audits.
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James Cowan is Chairman of CowanPerry, PC in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia. His practice focuses on labor and employment counsel, complex business litigation, land use issues, and commercial real estate projects. He also serves as general outside counsel to numerous businesses. Jim represents a number of employers in the mid-Atlantic region, ranging from high-tech start-ups to large manufacturers. He has over twenty years litigation experience in federal and state courts across Virginia defending wrongful discharge claims, claims for relief under the Family Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, disability discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, age discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and claims of sexual harassment, and race and gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Jim focuses on assisting clients with compliance obligations under the FLSA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, Title VII, and Executive Order 11246 compliance, including preparation of affirmative action plans and responding to OFCCP audits.

He is a frequent speaker and corporate trainer for companies on sexual harassment, employment discrimination, FMLA and ADA compliance, the Fair Labor Standards Act, diversity and affirmative action, conducting workplace investigations, hiring and firing, and union free management.

Jim is a member of the Virginia State Bar; the Virginia Bar Association, Labor Relations and Employment Law Section; board member for the New River Valley Society for Human Resource Management and currently serves as general counsel to the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance.
He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law; selected as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Employment and Labor.

About Me

What is the main focus of your practice?
My practice focuses on representing management in the full spectrum of labor & employment related issues confronted by employers in today’s workplace, handling complex business litigation matters and representing property owners and developers on land use issues, and commercial real estate projects.
How many years of experience do you have in your field?
I have over twenty years of trial experience representing employers in non-compete litigation, myriad types of business and partnership disputes, and the waterfront of employment-related litigation, including employee benefits and ERISA claims.

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Associations

Association Position
Virginia State Bar Member
U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia Member
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Member
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia Member

Education

School Degree Graduation Year
Towson University B.S. 1991
Washington and Lee University School of Law J.D. 1994

Contact Information

CowanPerry PC

202 S Main St Ste 202
Blacksburg, VA 24060