Michael McGowan


Michael McGowan is a founding partner in the Law Firm of McGowan & Cecil, LLC. He exclusively represents individuals who have been injured through the negligence of others. This Includes car, truck, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents, falls, defective products and medical malpractice. Mr. McGowan obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Catholic University (Washington D.C.) in 1980, Magna Cum Laude and his Law degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 1983. Upon graduation he completed a judicial clerkship for Judge Melbourne, in the Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Maryland. Thereafter he joined O'Malley, Miles, McCarthy & Harrell where he was hired by insurance companies to defend corporations and individuals who were sued for causing personal injuries. During this time he also represented clients who had been injured due to negligence. With the formation of McGowan & Cecil, LLC in 2001, Mr. McGowan limited his practice to exclusively representing the seriously injured.

Mr. McGowan has appeared before the Maryland Insurance Commissioner, the Maryland Court of Appeals, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Circuit Courts for most of the counties in the State of Maryland. He is also admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

Mr. McGowan has made thousands of recoveries for his clients, including multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Having performed work for insurance companies for over a decade and represented clients injured by negligence for over 35 years, Mr. McGowan has the experience and expertise necessary to maximize his clients' financial recovery within the shortest period of time.

Million Dollar Advocates Super Lawyers 2017

Areas of Practice

  • Car/truck/motorcycle collisions
  • Trips/falls/knockdowns on premises
  • Premises liability
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective products causing bodily injury/death
  • Defective Products

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1983
  • District of Columbia, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1986
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1983
  • The Catholic University of America
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1980


  • English
  • Honorable Audrey E. Melbourne, Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Maryland, Judicial Law Clerk, 1983 - 1984
  • O'Malley, Miles, McCarthy & Harrell, Associate, 1984 - 1987
  • McCarthy, Bacon, Costello, LLP, Partner, 1988 - 1999

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Life Member
  • Prince Georges Attorney Worth Watching
  • Super Lawyers, 2017 & 2020

Million Dollar Advocates Super Lawyers 2017

  • Circuit Court Judicial Nominating Commission, Prince George's County
  • City of Laurel Community Redevelopment Authority
  • City of Laurel Crime Line Committee
  • Maryland Bar Foundation Fellow, Life Member
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
  • Maryland, Prince George's, Montgomery and the District of Columbia Bar Associations
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
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