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As a US Senator, William “Mo” Cowan ’94 held fast to his belief that lawyers and politicians must put their clients’ and constituents’ needs first. “It should always be about the people for whom you work or serve,” says Cowan, whose resume includes a partnership with the law firm Mintz Levin and appointments as chief legal counsel and chief of staff for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

As a member of the Senate, Cowan championed immigration reform, supported an extension of the Violence Against Women Act and participated in a bipartisan coalition to provide disaster relief to New England’s fishing industry. “At Northeastern, I learned about the law and about being a professional,” recalls Cowan. “Through my co-ops and coursework, I discovered my true professional passions, learned about the value of being a good corporate citizen and focused on how to use my professional skills to help people.” 

Co-op 1

US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Boston

On his first co-op, Mo honed his writing skills under the supervision of Judge Patti Saris.


  • Black Law Students Assocation

Co-op 2

North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Raleigh

Mo worked to protect the consitutional rights of those challenging illegal convictions and sentencing.

Co-op 3

Peabody & Arnold, Boston

In downtown Boston, Mo focused on civil litigation and corporate matters.

Co-op 4

Office of the Public Defender, Palm Beach County

On co-op in Florida, Mo explored his interest in criminal law and came to the conclusion that business law would be his post-graduate path.

After graduation

Associate, Peabody & Arnold, Boston


  • Partner, Mintz Levin, Boston
  • Chief Legal Counsel and Chief of Staff, Office of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Boston
  • Senator, United States Senate (appointed to fill seat vacated by the Hon. John Kerry), Washington, DC
  • President and CEO, ML Strategies, and Of Counsel, Mintz Levin, Boston
  • Vice President of Legal Policy and Litigation, General Electric, Boston


President of Global Government Affairs and Policy, General Electric, Boston


A leader in both the public and private sectors who connects with communities