Welcome to cowgill.com
My assistants and I have worked hard to make this site a worthwhile destination for those who seek information about legal ethics, attorney disciplinary proceedings and the law governing lawyers. I encourage you to take a tour.
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Counselor and Attorney at Law
(859) 225-5236 - phone
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Paragon Centre Office Park
2333 Alexandria Drive
Lexington, Kentucky 40504
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"The practice of legal ethics requires knowledge, experience and insight that are beyond the ken of those who handle ethics problems only occasionally. Ben Cowgill dots his i's and crosses his t's, and his depth and breadth of understanding lend a sophistication to his handling of his clients’ problems that is rare indeed."
Legal Ethics Professor at one of Kentucky's
Most lawyers spend most of their time representing clients in matters that don't involve questions of legal ethics.
They don't have any reason to know the fine points of the law governing lawyers, the intricacies of the disciplinary process, the standards that apply in character and fitness hearings, or the case law concerning motions to disqualify.
Indeed, even the respected lawyers who serve on the KBA Board of Governors see only the tip of the iceberg where disciplinary proceedings are concerned. The vast majority of bar complaints and disciplinary charges are resolved, favorably or unfavorably, before they reach the Board.
A lawyer who concentrates in legal ethics becomes intimately acquainted with the nuances of the field, no differently than lawyers who concentrate in other fields of practice.
The benefit to the client is competent representation, often at less expense, coupled with the confidence of knowing that the client's counselor and advocate knows the lay of the land.
"Half of knowledge is knowing where to find it."
Mr. Cowgill has reason to study the law governing lawyers on a daily basis. In the course of any given year, he is presented with a wide variety of ethics issues by a wide variety of clients. His work for each client benefits the next, by making him more prepared to address the next problem quickly and reliably.
Mr. Cowgill does all of the things lawyers typically do when they choose to make their living in a particular field of practice:
► He subscribes to library materials and on-line legal research services that focus specifically on the law governing lawyers;
► He also maintains a personal library of unpublished materials that he has acquired in the course of his work;
► He is active in national organizations that devote their attention to recent developments in the field; and
► He participates in a national legal ethics "listserv" whose members include the authors of leading textbooks on professional responsibility.
Resources of that nature go a long way in helping any lawyer provide competent representation – but only if he has them. Mr. Cowgill has them, and uses them on a daily basis.