Professor Stephen Cowen is a partner at the law firm Jones Day. His teaching interests include constitutional law and the structure of government; federal jurisdiction; statutory interpretation; national security and intelligence law; and foreign relations law. He represents clients in high-stakes trials and appeals; complex business, accounting, and other commercial disputes; and internal and government investigations involving highly sensitive topics and crisis management. He routinely counsels and presents to senior management and boards of directors.

Cowen previously was a Senior Counsel at The Boeing Company, and earlier in his career he was a partner at the law firm Bartlit Beck in Chicago. After growing up in Washtenaw County, where he currently lives, Stephen graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and then, with high honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. He also holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with concentrations in finance, accounting, and economics. Following law school, Cowen clerked for Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg on the D.C. Circuit and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the U.S. Supreme Court. Stephen is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, where he served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy.