Meet Our Team

State Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Not admitted to D.C. but being supervised by a licensed D.C. Bar member


  • The George Washington University Law School (J.D. 2016)
  •  Loyola University New Orleans (B.A. cum laude 2011)


Ryan Cowdin joined McGillivary Steele Elkin LLP in September 2019. He represents unions and employees and provides general legal advice on labor relations and employment issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Ryan served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert R. Rigsby at the D.C. Superior Court. He also worked as a Judicial Fellow to the Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby at the D.C. Court of Appeals, and as a bridge fellow for the Campaign Legal Center. Ryan graduated from The George Washington University Law School in 2016, where he was an Articles Editor for the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and the President of the GW Law chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Ryan’s passion for advocating on behalf of workers began early on while working low wage jobs during high school and college. It grew in law school as he took coursework in labor and employment law, and worked as a student-attorney for GW Law’s Public Justice Advocacy Clinic. In the Clinic, Ryan represented low-income employees in wage theft and unemployment compensation cases. As a native of the Washington, D.C. area, Ryan was thrilled to be able to help local clients overcome unlawful employment practices and navigate the justice system. He is excited to continue representing District of Columbia residents while contributing to McGillivary Steele Elkin’s nationwide labor and employment practice.

Ryan is also an active member in the Legal Network for Gender Equity and the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund

Ryan Cowdin graduated with a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans in 2011. He is licensed to practice law in Virginia, and is married to his wife Samantha, an immigration attorney in the District of Columbia.

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