Attorney <span>Coleman Cowan</span>

Attorney and 60 Minutes producer, Coleman Cowan has made a very successful career of putting himself in situations most of us would try to avoid at all costs.

If history is any guide, Coleman thrives as much outside his comfort zone as he does in it. He built his career in broadcast journalism asking tough, hard-hitting questions to those in power, from Wall Street to Washington, to Moscow and beyond. Coleman’s stories took him through battlefields in Afghanistan, drug wars in Mexico, and gang shootings in Chicago. Even when the story wasn’t dangerous, the environment often was, from frozen mountaintops to remote jungles to barren deserts.

Despite the discomfort (or perhaps because of it), Coleman has been able to take the information he gathers to produce and write globally-acclaimed stories that TV viewers and others have found compelling. So compelling, in fact, that he has won two Emmy awards, a Peabody, a Gracie, a Polk, a Sigma Delta Chi award, and was nominated for several other awards as a producer for 60 Minutes, CBSN On Assignment, and as an investigative journalist for BusinessWeek magazine.

Comfortable amid discomfort. Results-driven. A fearless advocate who can tell your story — effectively.

Whistleblowing takes painstaking investigation to uncover the evidence it takes to present a False Claims Act case to the Department of Justice. And it can take a proven litigator who will fight for you to try to get the protection you may need and the rewards you may be entitled to.

As a lawyer, Coleman has used his unique investigative skills and compelling story-telling aptitude to successfully litigate some of the more complex, high stakes, multimillion dollar1 cases. These legal accomplishments landed him the accolade of “Legal Elite2” by Business North Carolina Magazine in 2002.

A competitor by nature, Coleman has often taken his search for challenge amid discomfort one step further by competing in dozens of triathlons, marathons, and ultramarathons, including Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, The North Face Endurance Challenge Series 50-mile race, and multiple Ironman triathlons.


Wake Forest University School of Law

     Winston-Salem, NC

     1995 J.D., cum laude

  • Wake Forest Law Review, staff
  • Most Outstanding Advocate Award
  • Best Oralist Award, Moot Court

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

     New York, NY

     2007 M.S., cum laude

     Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism

University of North Carolina

     Chapel Hill, NC

     1992 B.A. in Economics


  • Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF)
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice


  • Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite2,” 2002
  • Emmy for News and Documentary, “Imminent Danger,” 2013
  • Emmy for Business, “The Chairman,” 2009
  • Edward R. Murrow, “Stuxnet,” 2013 and “Amazon Crude,” 2010
  • Gracie, “Kathryn Bigelow,” 2011
  • Sigma Delta Chi, “Amazon Crude,” 2010
  • George Polk, “The Price of Oil,” 2010
  • Peabody, “Lifeline,” 2009

Community & Civic Involvement

  • Nationswell Council

Published Legal Opinions/Legal Presentations

  • Sue C. McNeil v. Wyeth, 462 F.3d 364 (5th Cir. 2006)
  • Alex. H. Thompson v. Michael S. Waters et al., 351 N.C. 462, 526 S.E.2d 650 (2000)
  • Anthony Lambert, Sr. v. Brenda G. Williams. et al., 223 F.3d 257 (4th Cir. 2000)
  • North Carolina Bar Association Evidence Seminar, Dec. 2001, Course Planner
  • North Carolina Bar Association Evidence Seminar, Dec. 2003, Course Planner
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Product Liability Meeting, May 2004, Speaker, Pharmaceutical Products Liability
  • North Carolina Bar Association Pre-Trial Practice Seminar, July 2004, Speaker, Admission of Expert Witness Testimony under the Federal Rules of Evidence



1 Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
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