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A litigator with over 30 years of experience, Ms. Rowan focuses her practice on the defense of railroads, self-insured corporations and insurance companies. She defends railroads in personal injury and wrongful death/survival actions, including FELA cases, in federal and state courts. She also defends self-insured corporations and insurance companies in personal injury and breach of contract cases.

A member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC), Ms. Rowan regularly teaches at the NARTC Trial College. She also frequently speaks at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Southeastern Claims Conferences, and NARTC conferences.


  • Temple University Beasley School of LawJ.D.1983
  • LaSalle UniversityB.A.1980

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1983

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Member
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Former Eastern Regional Vice President
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Instructor

Other Distinctions

  • Named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for Transportation & Maritime, 2013-2018
  • Award for Exceptional Service as a Judge Pro Tempore in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, 2017
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Railroad Law 2020

Representative Matters

  • On behalf of railroads, has handled hundreds of cases under the FELA. Cases have involved various types of accidents resulting in injuries to employees. The injuries have ranged from soft-tissue injuries to dismemberments and death.
  • Represented railroads in grade crossing accident cases; litigated claims of alleged signal malfunction and inadequate warnings.
  • Defended railroads in common law negligence, property damage, and personal injury cases.
  • Litigated trespasser fatality cases. Developed theories regarding the impact of the Pennsylvania Railroad Civil Immunity Act on the permissive crossing doctrine in Pennsylvania.
  • Responded to and directed serious accident investigations.
  • Extensive knowledge of the state and federal court systems; familiar with judges in the state and federal court systems.