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Practice Areas

Mr. Cowart is chair of Baker Donelson's Health Law and Public Policy Department and a past-president of the American Bar Association. He concentrates his practice in advising Boards and Senior Management regarding policy, regulatory and business issues related to healthcare. Mr. Cowart serves as strategic counsel to health care companies, both for-profit and not-for-profit, and has been lead counsel on multiple billion dollar health system combinations. He is a frequent author and speaker on health law topics.


Licensed in Mississippi since 1978; in Tennessee since 1999.

Professional Memberships

Mr. Cowart is a Fellow of the American Health Lawyers Association. He is a recipient of the David R. Greenburg Award for Lifetime Service to Health Law and served for over 10 years on the editorial board of the Journal of Life Science and Health Law.


University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 1978 with honors; University of Southern Mississippi, B.S.B.A., 1975, magna cum laude. 2019 recipient of the American Heart Association's lifetime service award for more than 35 years of service to the organization. Member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Lipscomb University and a Past Regent of the Andrew Jackson Foundation.