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I earned my J.D. magna cum laude in 1985 from Nova Southeastern University Law School where I was Editor-In-Chief of the Nova Law Review and was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence awarded at graduation for outstanding intellectual achievement and overall scholarship. I earned my Bachelor of Science in 1973 from Ohio State University where I was a member of the varsity swimming team.

I am a former partner in the prestigious law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP, where I spent the first 17 years of my legal career. I am a member of the Florida Bar, including the Family Law Section, the American Bar Association, including its Family Law Section, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Broward County Bar Association.

In my community, I have been active as an Executive Board Member of the Communities in Schools of Broward County, Inc. and I am active in Broward Lawyers Care. I have been an adjunct professor of law at the Nova Southeastern Law Center, teaching Pretrial Practice to second- and third-year law students.

Prior to attending law school, I taught high school English and coached high school swimming for eight years in Broward County. In addition, I coached the 1976 Florida State Swimming Champions and I received “Swimming Coach of the Year” honors five times.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
  2. Child Support: 20%
  3. Child Custody: 20%
  4. Mediation: 10%


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Contact info

Curtis R. Cowan, Esquire

200 SW 1st Ave Ste 1200
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301-2073


FLMember in Good Standing198506/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Board Certified - Marital & Family LawFlorida Bar2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Top Attorneys in FloridaWall Street Journal and Miami Magazine2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg2015 - Present
PresidentCurtis R. Cowan, PA2005 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the Southern District of FloridaMember1989 - Present
Florida BarMember1985 - Present
Broward County Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Ohio State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1973