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.