Tami D. Cowden

Tami D. Cowden

Of Counsel

Tami D. Cowden has more than 25 years' experience as an appellate attorney with a focus on representations in the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In local state and federal trial courts, she represents client in complex business and employment litigation matters. Cowden was the founding Chair of the State Bar’s Appellate Litigation Section. Before joining the firm, Tami was a member of the faculty of the University of Denver College of Law. She also served as a staff attorney with the Colorado Court of Appeals for several years.

Concentrations

  • Commercial litigation
  • Employment law

Capabilities

Experience

  • Member of team that secured favorable settlement of $400 million commercial construction defect litigation.
  • Member of team that secured favorable settlement of multi-million FCA claim.
  • Member of team that secured favorable settlement of FLCA wage misclassification claims.
  • Secured defense summary judgment on FLSA wage misclassification claims.
  • Secured summary judgments on multiple federal and state claims alleging discrimination in an academic setting.
  • Secured summary judgments on multiple claims in a high profile federal court matter alleging discrimination against an exclusive country club.
  • Secured summary judgment on multiple federal securities violations claims.
  • Authored a brief contributing to a Nevada Supreme Court decision barring from the ballot a referendum that would have eliminated the Redevelopment Plan of the City of Las Vegas and an initiative that would have crippled redevelopment in Las Vegas.
  • Authored the brief that led to a Nevada Supreme Court decision barring from the ballot substantial portions of an initiative that would have crippled development in Nevada.
  • Authored the brief that led to a Nevada Supreme Court decision upholding a substantial judgment against a major casino resort in a construction defect matter.

Some of the above representations were handled by Ms. Cowden prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Staff Attorney, Colorado Court of Appeals
  • Faculty, University of Denver College of Law

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice, 2013-2019
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2013-2018
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2011 & 2013
  • Listed, VEGAS INC, "Top Lawyers," Lawsuits/Disputes, July 2012
  • Listed, Nevada Business magazine, "Legal Elite: The Silver State's Top Attorneys," 2011
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Appellate Practice Group of the Year," 2010
  • Recipient, Clark County Bar Association, "Circle of Support Award," 2006-2007
  • Associate Editor, Communiqué, the publication of the Clark County Bar Association
  • President Elect, Clark County Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Member, Former Chair, Nevada Bar Association, Appellate Litigation Section
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Supreme Court Bench Bar Committee

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., University of Colorado Law School, 1987
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Arizona State University, 1982
    • Departmental Honors 
Clerkships
  • Hon. Edwin Ruland, Colorado Court of Appeals
  • Hon. Edwin Van Cise, Colorado Court of Appeals
Admissions
  • Nevada