Jordan W. Cowman - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Jordan W. Cowman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 214-665-3652

Jordan W. Cowman focuses his law practice on transnational projects and transactions, international agreements, public international law and policy, and corporate compliance. He has a broad range of international experience representing and advising governments and international agencies on policy issues, as well as multinationals in industries including: logistics, technology, transportation, energy, defense, manufacturing, retail, banking, food, aviation, chemical, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing and private equity.

Jordan represents a broad range of organizations in all facets of management-side labor and employment law. During more than two decades of practice, he has gained a national reputation for his practical, solution-oriented approach to employment law issues.

Jordan handles diverse employment matters, including employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases, wage and hour compliance, labor arbitration cases, non-competition cases, and internal corporate investigations. He also counsels employers concerning day-to-day human resources issues as well as myriad legal requirements in the workplace, particularly related to significant operational changes such as mergers, acquisitions, business relocations or reductions in force.

The University of Texas at AustinBA 1985The University of Texas School of LawJ.D. 1988
The Dallas Committee on Foreign RelationsThe Dallas AssemblyExchange Program with the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China, 2005-PresentTexas Business Hall of FameUnited Nations, International Labor Organization’s Annual Labor Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, 2002-2004 and 2013##US Employers Delegation Business AdvisorU.S. Council for International Business, International Labor and Employment Law Committee 2001-PresentThe Confucian LyceumUnited Cerebral Palsy of Dallas (now Ability Connection TexasAmerican Bar Association

Case History

Areas of Concentration
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Global
  • Cross-Border Transactions
  • International Regulatory
  • Labor & Employment
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
Significant Representations
  • Institutes of Higher Learning: Assisted major university in cross-border employment matters related to international student programs.
  • Fortune 10 Company-Global Technology and Payment Processor: Representation in day-to-day international corporate compliance matters; prepared and conducted a comprehensive 18-country audit of employment practices and developed solutions to gaps and issues; advised on implications of EU directives and changes affecting employment issues in EU and worldwide operations; advised on EU-wide works councils issues; assisted in setting up a global employee privacy and data security compliance framework with respect to cross-border data flows; advised on multi-jurisdictional employee v. independent contractor issues
  • Large Retailer: Representation in day-to-day cross-border legal matters; revamped expatriate administration program; prepared cross-border legal documents involving expatriate movement around the world; designed and built global employment company in Hong Kong to house and administer globally mobile expatriate executives; designed cross-border attorney-client privilege protocol
  • Software Company: Handled employment and related pre-and post-merger due diligence issues incident to a multi-jurisdiction business combination in Europe and the Far East
  • Re-Insurance Company: Handled a 14-country reduction-in-force and incident social issues in business combination
Part 2
  • eCommerce Company: Representation in day-to-day international compliance matters; advised on and prepared global codes of conduct, EU and other data privacy directives compliance, EU works councils issues and corporate social responsibility plans
  • Defense Contractors: Advised clients regarding treaty interpretations in the Middle East and EU-wide works council advice; European Union social law compliance, including EU directives and regulations throughout the various EU member states; business combinations, social insurance, data protection and security, strategies for maintaining attorney-client privilege in cross-border matters
  • Energy Services Companies: Advised transnational energy services company on labor, employment and immigration laws of six Middle Eastern countries
  • Sports Teams: Advised clients on labor and employment and compliance matters in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe and China
  • Online Book and Retail Merchant: Advised client on international employment matters incident to sub-contractors’ actions, employee misclassification, and joint employer issues
  • Financial Services and Communications Company: Advised client regarding international requirements for employee data privacy and achieving compliance with all the requirements in 45 worldwide locations
Part 3
  • Fruit and Food Company: Advised client on international employment matters incident to termination of executives in Central America
  • Packaging Wholesaler: Advised client with respect to collection, use, and disposal of employee personal information and the transfer of personally identifiable information out of EU countries under the EU Data Protection Directive and Safe Harbor framework between the EU and the U.S.; handled employment litigation and administrative matters in Europe, Far East, Europe and the Middle East
  • Sovereign Governments: Advised clients on international policy issues, including combating human trafficking, necessary changes in law and regulations; drafted changes to laws, and advised on implementation
  • Private Equity Investment Firms: Advised client on employment aspects of acquisition of defense-industry contractor and conducted 40+ country due-diligence
  • Mining Company: Advised client on legal and practical solutions to reduce risk of business and legal exposure in Africa; handled expatriate litigation

Office Location

2200 Ross Avenue, Suite 5200
Dallas, TX 75201
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Labor and Employment