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Charles Duane "Chuck" Cowan

Personal injury Attorney at Tyler, TX

4.7   11 reviews

also known as Chuck Cowan, C. D. Cowan

  • Licensed for 33 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1990
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Charles Duane

Learn Charles Duane’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    General Negligence, Wrongful Death; Automobile and Eighteen Wheeler Accidents. Premises Liability, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, F.E.L.A. (Railroad Employee Injury Cases), F.L.S.A. (Fair Labor Standards Act) and general Labor Law issues

    34 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Workers compensation

    34 years, 3,750 cases

  3. Criminal defense

    34 years

  4. Trucking accident

    34 years

  5. Civil rights

  6. Employment and labor

    34 years, 3,500 cases

THE LAW OFFICES OF C.D. COWAN, P.C. was founded in 1995 by Tyler, Texas Attorney, C. D. "Chuck" Cowan. The law firm maintains both a "PLAINTIFF'S ONLY" Personal Injury Practice and a CRIMINAL DEFENSE Practice that provides AGGRESSIVE legal representation in Personal Injury Cases, Wrongful Death Cases, Medical Malpractice Cases, Texas Workers' Compensation Claims, Oil Field Injury and Death Cases, Automobile Products Liability Cases; Federal and State Civil Rights Violations, F.L.S.A. related UNPAID OVERTIME claims and Labor Law issues to injured East Texans and Criminal Defense to any and all accused in both State and Federal Courts.


Mr. Cowan is a fifth generation native of Smith County, Texas, born in Tyler, Texas on June 14th, 1958. Mr. Cowan was raised primarily in Longview and Texarkana before his  family relocated to Dallas, Texas in 1969 . Mr. Cowan's personal interests include Hunting, Fishing, and Photography.

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The Law Offices of C.D. Cowan, P.C.
414 South Bonner Ave.
Tyler, TX, 75702-8033

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4.7 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Sonia | September 27, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Cowan carefully listened to what happened to me and the injury I suffered. He helped me understand the law as it applied to my situation! Even though he was unable to offer me representation on this matter, I feel like I have made a friend in the law and will be contacting him again with any serious injury or wrongful death claims that I or my family might be unfortunate to suffer in the future.
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Posted by Randy | June 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Competent
When I first consulted with Chuck I was amazed at the "interrogation" I was put through on reviewing my case. This was very important I realized later. When I "loosed the hound" I knew somehow we would win and we did.
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chuck Cowan excellent attorney
Chuck Cowans commitment to each client is the same - if he takes on your case he will pursue it as aggressively as possible devoting everything he can to win. Every time he has represented me the results have been outstanding. Highly recommended
Posted by Johnny W. Gross | June 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
great Lawyer
He help me win my case against a large company. labor compensation issue I will recommend him to other client.
Posted by Paul | June 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chuck Cowan, excellent representation.
Chuck Cowan was extremely professional, personable and very "down to earth." He took the extra time to personally hear our entire story and then asked us a lot of questions just to make sure he fully understood all of our concerns and expectations before he got started. While he handling my case, he was very very thorough and concise in his explanations to me regarding the law and where we stood. He was truly an outstanding advocate for us all the way through the case. I would definitely recommend hiring him when you need STRONG legal representation in Personal Injury, Wrongful Death or Workers' Compensation matters.
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Posted by William | June 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Go to for Workers Compensation
Chuck is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of workers compensation and personal injury. He and I have co-counseled many cases over the years with great results.
Posted by Mario | March 16, 2015
Exellent Criminal Lawyer
Mr. Cowan was very generous with his time throughout the entire case. I had never been charged with a criminal offense before and due to the charges against me, I was facing a potentially burdensome penalty including incarceration at the State Penitentiary. Mr. Cowan carefully reviewed all of the evidence that the State of Texas had against me and explained what was actually admissible against me and what was not. He kept me well advised of the progress of his discussions and negotiations with the Asst. District Attorney who was prosecuting my case. After reaching a plea agreement that me and my family could work with, he carefully prepared me for the plea hearing before the Judge and then carefully guided me through the entire plea process and the details of my probation. I hope I never need another Criminal Lawyer, but if I do, I will call Chuck Cowan's office
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Posted by Ruben | September 20, 2012
Great Lawyer
The minute I got hurt in the East Texas Oil Field, I knew I would need a good lawyer. Employers and Insurance companies will lie to you and try and get your co-workers to lie for them. I have seen it too many times and knew I was not immune from their ways. Chuck Cowan came highly recommended to me by others who had used an in jury lawyer before. I was told that he would fight hard with the Insurance carriers and would not give up or lay down. Every bit of that is true. He has done a super job with my on the job injury case and I will recommend him to anybody that I know needing a lawyer or thinking they need a lawyer. He is very down to earth and trakes time to listen to you and then explain the possibilities. I felt like I knew him my whole life.
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Posted by Lisa | March 8, 2011
Workers Compensation
Mr. Cowen and his staff did a remarkable job handleing my case. I was very impressed with Mr. Cowans courtroom abilty. I would most definatley recommend him to others, and would use his services again in a heartbeat.
Posted by Charles E | October 13, 2008
Lawyer Reveiew.
This lawyer was a great help to Myself and my family in our time of need.He was very understanding in what my needs were and very knowledgeable in his work .He answered all my question and kept me informed of what was going on at all times. I would recommend him to anyone that needs a lawyer.
Posted by Beverly | January 26, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Discouraged and Disappointed
I did several extensive searches for the best workers comp attorney in my areab and Mr. Cowan's name appeared in several places with wonderful reviews. Unfortunately I would never get to find out. I made multiple phones calls to only receive the answering machine and left several messages for weeks. When finally getting ahold of a live person I was promised a return phone call. And to no avail did this happen. I understand if you are not interested in taking a case but find it very discouraging and tastless not to return phone calls for clients interested in the possibility of choosing you based upon your reviews.
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  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-425 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Offices of C.D. Cowan, P.C.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Colley & Ewert, P.C.
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Briefing Attorney
  • Twelfth Judicial District, Texas Court of Appeals
  • 1990 - 1991


  • St Mary's University of San Antonio School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of Texas System, Tyler
  • M.B.A.
  • 1984
  • University of North Texas
  • B.B.A
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Cause No. 02-1587-C; Kim Tutt v. Robert B. Wells, M.D. and Pathology Associates of Tyler, P.A.
  • Confidential Settlement in favor of Plaintiff
  • Marcus HayesCs# 2:06-cv-518, Hayes v. Union Pacific Railroad, E.D. Federal Court Marshall Division
  • Plaintiff's Verdict for $ 377,723.00


  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Inns of Court - T. John Ward Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Smith County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • East Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • State Bar Of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas District 2A Grievance Committee Member
  • 2008 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual CLE Conference
  • The Texas State Bar Grievance System
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (7)
Endorse Charles Duane
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
""Prepared" is the one word I would use to best describe Chuck as a lawyer. He carefully analyzes his case and knows the details. I have worked on several cases with Chuck and was impressed by his preparation in all aspects of a case from beginning to end. Whether preparing a client for deposition, investigating the facts, or researching medical aspects of a case, Chuck is thorough. I endorse Chuck Cowan."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Chuck Cowan who is one of the most personable folks I know and who capably stands up for folks who need legal help in taking on the insurance industry. I've known Chuck for more years than either of us would probably admit and he's the real deal."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known and worked with Chuck many times over the years and it is my pleasure to endorse him without reservation. He represents his clients with unparalleled commitment to their cause. and is anchored by a deep sense of honor and integrity. Sprinkle in broad knowledge, vast experience, a keen sense of humor, and you have an unbeatable combination."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chuck Cowan for 30 years. We studied law together, debated legal issues, and discussed trial strategy. Chuck has the highest integrity and possibly the best legal mind that I have known. I would not hesitate to use Chuck as my personal attorney. It is my privilege and honor to give Chuck Cowan my highest endorsement. Anyone reading this is invited to contact me to verify my absolute appreciation of Chuck Cowan's courtroom trial skills and superb knowledge in personal injury, Workers Compensation, and criminal matters."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chuck for twenty-five years. We have worked together on matters and I am very familiar with his work product and ethic. I would recommend him not only in the area of personal injury, his specialty, but in a wide range of legal matters."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known "Chuck" Cowan for over 25 years and have sent numerous people to him that needed legal help in the Tyler area. Chuck always gets great results for his clients. Many of his clients stay in touch with him long after their cases are over. I believe this happens because the client can tell that he genuinely likes and cares for them. Chuck will be ugly and mean if necessary, to advance his clients interest. Or if the situation requires a softer touch he can be a southern gentlemen. He is a skilled advocate for his clients. You will not go wrong hiring Chuck."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chuck is a fine lawyer with a real heart for his clients and their cause. He has the kind of smarts that come with years of fighting. A good friend and an excellent lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chuck is a tireless worker for injured people. If you are looking for a real advocate who will stand up for your rights - he is your man."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chuck Cowan is a tenacious advocate and very worthy opponent. Apparently, he is also a pretty good shot."
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