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About Brian

Brian A. Cowan brings his substantial business background to over 25 years of law practice. Prior to attending law school, Brian was a Senior Financial Analyst, and later became Vice President of Construction and Real Estate Lending for a large regional bank.


Project Development & Finance

Represents project developers in all phases of the development process, including forming the development company and related entities; real estate acquisition; preparing and reviewing bid packages; contract preparation and negotiation; legal administration of contracts including preparing amendments, work orders and change orders and addressing claims and delays; procuring materials, engineered equipment and supplies; permitting; and negotiating financing.


Drafts, negotiates and provides legal administration for full range of project documents such as design and engineering agreements; engineering, procurement and construction contracts (EPC); single-purpose construction contracts; operation and management agreements; software licenses; offtake agreements; power supply agreements and related servitudes and construction contracts; feedstock contracts; loan documents, and other related agreements. Works closely with senior management, finance officers, project managers, procurement personnel, contract administration, and IT managers.


Representing an international client in the development of the first phase of a multi- billion dollar methanol plant in Louisiana. Prepared and negotiated the engineering, procurement and construction agreement for the plant and serves as legal counsel for the administration of the contract. Created templates, negotiated and provides legal administration for master services agreements, single-purpose construction contracts, engineered equipment contracts, loan agreements, non-disclosure agreements, software licenses, leases, and all other related project agreements.


Other representative project development matters include advising a large manufacturing company regarding agreement templates for master services agreements, procurement agreements, and processing agreements.


Oil and Natural Gas Facilities Construction, Gathering and Processing

Represented a major multistate energy company in its day-to-day transactions until its recent merger into a competitor. Continues to represent the company on significant transactions. Continues to represent the company on Louisiana transactions. Negotiated and administered on behalf of the company the acquisition and construction of a multi-billion dollar Haynesville Shale gathering system, and the related pipeline, plants, interconnections and other facilities, as well as the related long-term natural gas gathering and treating agreements. Negotiated and administered hundreds of extensive long-term gas processing and gathering transactions, involving trillions of cubic feet of gas. Recently advised company on significant acquisition of assets related to its Haynesville gathering system. Advised the company on the pipeline and facilities construction of a Bakken Shale oil gathering system and the related oil gathering agreements. Negotiated on behalf of the company the acquisition of a large Oklahoma gathering system and the related pipeline construction and long-term natural gas gathering and treating agreements. Created, negotiated and administered equipment procurement agreements. Prepared term sheets, proposals and letters of intent for company commercial representatives. Prepared bid packages and reviewed them upon receipt. Worked closely with company senior management, engineers, and commercial representatives.


Other representative oil and natural gas matters include the negotiation and administration of all renovations, procurement and processing agreements for a Texas regional processing plant; the negotiation and administration of construction and equipment procurement of several major natural gas treating plants; and the creation of construction, master services agreements, straddle agreements, and engineered goods procurement templates for several Houston-based oil and gas companies.


Major Transactions, Merger and Acquisitions, and Corporate Matters

Negotiated and conducted numerous mergers, acquisitions and sales of businesses in Louisiana, Mississippi, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. Counsels business owners and senior management across numerous industries regarding corporate formation/choice of entity, corporate governance, major contracts and transactions, buy-sell and other shareholder agreements, long-range business and transition planning, securities issues, and employment and compensation issues.


Intellectual Property

Represents a number of software companies, artists, authors, software developers, inventors, record labels, corporate entities, and an Oscar® winning movie studio on an ongoing basis regarding virtually every type of intellectual property matter including registration and protection of their intellectual properties, licensing, joint ventures, royalties, assignments, options and sales (excluding patent registration). Negotiates intellectual property transactions with major studios and publishers including, e.g., Sony Europe, Sony USA, Netflix, Mattel, Dolby, and Simon & Schuster. Negotiated with hundreds of local, state and federal government entities on behalf of a software developer client. Prepares and negotiates work made for hire, contributing artist, and other similar agreements for intellectual property protection.

The Best Lawyers in America ©, New Orleans, LA – Business Organizations (including LLCs & Partnerships) and Corporate Law, since 2022
The Best Lawyers in America ©, New Orleans, LA – Business Organizations, 2021
Selected as a “Top Lawyer” in New Orleans by New Orleans Magazine for Commercial Transactions, 2020

Practice Areas
University of Mississippi, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 1993


Millsaps College, Bachelor of Business Administration, Double Major, Finance and Accounting, Deans List, 1984
Bar Affiliations
Mississippi, 1993


Colorado, 1996


Louisiana, 1999


Texas, application pending

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