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Patricia E. Cowart

Wells Fargo Law Department
Assistant General Counsel
St. Louis, MO, USA


Patricia (Trish) Cowart is an Assistant General Counsel in the Wells Fargo Corporation Law Department where she presently heads the Retail Brokerage Litigation Section. This Section handles regulatory and litigation issues for Wells Fargo Advisors and other WF retail broker dealers. This group also handles pre-litigation customer sales practice complaints.   

Prior to joining Wells Fargo / Wachovia in 2004, Ms. Cowart spent 16 years at UBS Financial f/k/a PaineWebber Inc. as the Managing Attorney of its Florida litigation group. This group was responsible for representing the firm and its employees in matters pending primarily in the Southeast U. S. and Puerto Rico. Before she began her career as in-house counsel, Ms. Cowart was a partner at the Florida law firm of Ruden McClosky.

Ms. Cowart served on the FINRA National Arbitration & Mediation Committee (NAMC) from 2008 - 2012 and on FINRA's Discovery Task Force, She is an active member of SIFMA Compliance & Legal Division's Arbitration Committee including prior service as Chair. She served for many years as an arbitrator for the NASD, NYSE and the NFA; was a member of the NYSE Regional Disciplinary Board for over 10 years; and has been invited to speak in numerous venues on topics relating to regulatory and litigation issues. 

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