Jim Cownie ’91

Deputy Chief Counsel, Minnesota Department of Transportation


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.

Jim Cownie is Deputy Chief Counsel for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He practices primarily in the areas of construction law and government contracts, but as in-house counsel for a large government agency he works on a wide variety of legal transactions. Cownie has been with MnDOT since 1999. He has also worked at the Minnesota Legislature and for Deluxe Corporation.

Cownie is a member of the Construction Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and a member of the Contract Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board (which is part of the National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine). Cownie is a frequent speaker for construction and engineering groups. He earned his J.D. and B.A. from the University of Minnesota.


Contract Drafting