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James L. Cowden - Harrisburg, PA

132 State Street Harrisburg, PA 17101- 1026

Updated: 07/15/2020

Harrisburg Labor and Employment Law Lawyer


James L. Cowden practices primarily in the field of labor and employment law, including traditional labor law as well as employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and labor contract administration in both the state and federal sectors. He has worked extensively in higher education, where he has handled many cases involving tenure, promotion and sexual harassment. He also works in the area of professional licensure...

About James L. Cowden

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Traditional Labor Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Labor Contract Administration
  • Tenure
  • Promotion
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Professional Licensure
  • Zoning and Land Use

Representative Clients

  • Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union No. 520
  • Harrisburg Zoning Hearing Board
  • Harrisburg Leasing Authority


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1990

Other Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, 1974 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1974 - Present

Classes and Seminars

  • Pennsylvania Employment Law, Lancaster County Bar Association, 2002
  • Pennsylvania Employment Law, Dauphin County Bar Association, 2003
  • Developments in Higher Education Law, National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining

Pro Bono Activities

  • Dauphin County Bar Association


  • Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
    Law Review: Pennsylvania Public Employment Law Topics, Author, 1973 - 1974
  • Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
    Major: Political Science

Office Information


132 State Street Harrisburg, PA 17101- 1026


  • 717-233-5806

Office Hours

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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