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Barbara Rowan

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Barb Rowan always has the client’s best interests in mind, working collaboratively to promote their interests while navigating the complicated legal system. She has been practicing law as a licensed attorney since 2002, the majority of which was practicing as a prosecutor.

Barb’s path to becoming a lawyer was unconventional.  After a successful 16 year career in Mortgage Banking in Minnesota, she applied to and was accepted by the University of Texas School of Law at the age of 39 while raising two young children.  She graduated with honors in 2002, followed by a clerkship with the Third Court of Appeals as a Briefing Attorney.  After completing her clerkship, Barb began her legal career as an associate at Hughes and Luce, LLP but found her passion as a prosecutor with the Travis County Attorney’s office.  During her 14 years as a Court Chief in Travis County, and later as a Caldwell County Assistant District Attorney, Barb handled thousands of cases, including DWI, assault, domestic violence, drugs, sex crimes, property crimes and more.

Barb is a compassionate attorney whose experience as a prosecutor gives her an advantage representing clients.  Deeply enmeshed in the Central Texas Criminal Justice Community, Barb brings her experience and knowledge to every case.  She understands how the system works and her empathy, coupled with her ability to communicate, enables her to fight for outstanding results.

When not practicing law, Barb enjoys spending time with her husband, her three children and their families, and playing yahtzee on Zoom with her grandson.  She also loves all things outdoors – hiking, skiing, and traveling.

  • Criminal Defense Attorney, Cofer Connelly, PLLC – Of Counsel (April 2020 to Present)
  • Assistant District Attorney, Caldwell County District Attorney’s Office (September 2018-April 2020)
  • Assistant County Attorney, Travis County Attorney’s Office (August 2004-September 2018)
  • Associate, Hughes and Luce, LLP (2003-2004)
  • Briefing Attorney, Third Court of Appeals (2002-2003)
Education
  • St. Edwards University, BA Psychology 1999 (Sum Cum Laude) University Austin, TX
  • University of Texas School of Law, JD 2002 (Honors) Graduate School Austin, TX
Licenses
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas District and County Attorney’s Association (2004-2020)

Client Reviews

  • “Yes. You are reading this review because you have found yourself in need of a lawyer. If you are like me, you have your concerns. It is not until you need a lawyer that you realize how helpless you ...”

    - M.F.
  • “Cofer & Connelly were very professional, and I felt cared for! Everything they said would happen happened. It's because of them I live a free life. BEST experience with a lawyer I've ever had! ...”

    - C.C.
  • “Love love love Megan Rue. Got my case dismissed and great people fighting for you. Highly recommended. 10/10!!”

    - M.S.
  • “I hired Rick to solve my criminal case, he was very caring for me from the beginning and he answered all my calls/questions without any delay. He gave me great freedom to contact him at any time. He ...”

    - Former Client
  • “I would use Mr. Cofer as my lawyer for any reason if needed and would refer him to a friend.”

    - Former Client
  • “Rick helped me through a legal case in an extremely helpful and professional way.”

    - Former Client
  • “He was able to advise me better than any other lawyer I had consulted and he and his team acted quickly to see my situation through till the end.”

    - Former Client
  • “He was empathetic, succinct with negotiations and overall a consummate professional. Highly recommended!”

    - E.K.
  • “I would recommend Mr. Cofer for any legal issues that one might have, and I could not be more fond of his work.”

    - A.T.
  • “Starting with his receptionist at intake, to his quick call to follow up, to his prompt follow up via email, to his thorough search and locating criminal records -- he was five stars all around.”

    - J.C.
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